Ealing vs Bedford Blues Academy
On a blustery day, with heavy rain in the fist half, the Blues Academy won the first game of the "double header" weekend against Ealing. Scoring seven tries the Blues put up a convincing performance to win by 47pts - 3, and set the scene for the Blues Championship game against Ealing on Sunday.
Playing on a narrow pitch, which limited the Blues' attacking threat, and with heavy rain in the first half, Bedford used their forward power to take the game to Ealing. A 5m lineout drive was well controlled for a try by 2nd row Matthew Norfolk-Clarke; fly half Cameron Gregory-Ring converted. 10 minutes later Ealing conceded a penalty by collapsing another driving line-out to stop a score. Scrum half Ben Calder punished them with a quick tap penalty and scored in the corner; Gregory-Ring converted. Ealing kicked a penalty to narrow the gap to 14pts -3. The Bedford forwards scored two further tries before half time; a series of pick and drives from the pack was finished with a try from hooker Josh Taylor, and a set move from a scrum near half way was finished with flanker Kennet O'Neill in support to give 2nd row Ben Patterson a scoring pass. Gregory-Ring converted and the Blues were 26pts -3 ahead at half time.
With Bedford's defence shutting down any Ealing attacks in the first half, Ealing changed their game in the 2nd half to attack through their forwards, with a series of pick and drives and inside passes from their fly half. The Blues' defence held firm with some physical tackling and counter rucking, stopping Ealing. Taylor scored two further tries following Bedford forward drives, with scum half Kieran Duffin scoring the final try. Gregory-Ring converted all three to give the Blues a well deserved 47pts - 3 win.
Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said ... "The conditions made running rugby difficult for both sides, and the narrow pitch meant we needed to work through our phases to make ground. We have had a mixed start to the season but we were pleased with the way we controlled the game today. This gives us a platform to build on with tough games against Nottingham and Cambridge University in the next two weeks".
Bedford: Josh Pierterse, Josh Taylor, Joe Foreman, Matt Norfolk-Clarke, Ben Patterson, Joss Morgan, Kennett O'Neill (capt), Ryan Brett-Williams; Ben Calder, Cameron Gregory-Ring; Eric Edwin, George Elliott, Freddie Henley-Hunter, Luke Hibberd; Matt Titchener: Subs: Tom Webb, Garth Spencer, Ollie Dancer, Callum Austen, Kieran Frost, Kieran Duffin, Michael Phillips, Dylan van Dieman:
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