Cambridge Univ U21 XV v Bedford Blues Academy U19

Saturday, 15 November, 2014 - 14:15
Academy Academy
Won 19 - 26

The Blues Academy gained a narrow win over Cambridge University U21 XV, at Grange Road on Saturday.  Drawing at 12 pts all at half time, the Blues scored two further tries in the second half to win by 26pts – 19.

Cambridge took an early lead when the students’ left wing found space to score in the corner; the try was converted and Cambridge were 7 pts up.  Bedford scored straight from the kick off;  The ball was kicked deep and a good chase from the Blues caught the students in their own half; the ball was won and Bedford kept the ball alive for seven phases before winger Luke Hibberd went over in the corner.  The Bedford pack began to gain the upper hand on their older opponents but, in a stop-start game, littered with penalties against both sides, were unable to convert this pressure into points.  Late in the half the Blues went ahead with a well worked blind side move with scrum half Tom Whiteley and full back Jack Stapley exchanging passes before Whiteley went over to score; centre Cameron Gregory-Ring converted and Bedford were 12pts – 7 ahead.  The students leveled the scores to 12 all when the Blues defence was found wanting and the Cambridge hooker went over for a try in the left corner on the stroke of half time.

Bedford continued the forward pressure after half time and were rewarded with a well work try from a 5m lineout drive, touched down by flanker Josh Fadden;  Gregory-Ring converted.  Mid-way through the half the Blues scored the try of the game.  A counter attack from the Bedford 22 moved the ball the width of the pitch and up to the Blues 10m line, before fly half Chris Easton  offloaded to prop Ralph Adams-Hale, who made 40 m before before passing to Whiteley, who had the pace to beat the defence and score;  Gregory-Ring converted and the Blues were 26pts – 12 ahead.  Cambridge had the final score of the game.  Centre Lare Erogbogbo, who had looked dangerous all afternoon, scored a good try, converted by ex-Blues Academy centre Michael Philips, to make the final score 26pts – 19 to Bedford.


Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said …..  We were pleased with the performance, and how we handled the older students side.  At times our forward play looked very strong.  We were disappointed with our defence, and with conceding three tries.   Nevertheless a win away against the older Cambridge side, who were unbeaten, is a good result.  We can learn from what we did well, and from what we need to work on. 


Bedford:  Josh Waller, Owen Griffiths, Hayden King, Alex Burman, Sam Copeland, Josh Fadden, Felix Maddison (capt), Oli Robinson; Tom Whiteley, Chris Easton; Luke Hibberd, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Ben Meaden, Scott Lyle; Jack Stapley: Replacements: Ben Wilkinson, Ralph Adams-Hale, Liam Appleton, Callum Strachan, James Aylott, Stuart Livesey, Max Titchener.

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road



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