Jersey v Bedford Blues

Saturday, 10 October, 2015 - 14:45
1st XV Championship
Lost 34-27

Bedford Blues tasted defeat on the road against Jersey on Saturday afternoon, but it was one hell of a game that really could have gone either way.

The Blues scored three tries with two coming from Dean Adamson and one from Mike Howard, but the home team made good use of their forwards to snatch the win with a fourth try before the Blues threw the kitchen sink at the hosts late on.

Much like the game against London Welsh, the Blues found themselves three tries down in the opening half an hour. Bedford’s cause wasn’t helped with three players having to go off injured. A collision between Mike Le Bourgeois and Sam Blanchet saw both men being forced off while Ollie Dodge also saw a knock which saw him replaced.

Jersey went 7-0 up when Gary Graham crashed over from a driving maul with Brendan Cope adding the extras. A break from Nick Haining set up a good Jersey attack with Tom Howe dotting down under the posts giving Cope a simple conversion.

Steffan Jones got the scoreboard rolling for the Blues with a well struck penalty but Jersey extended their lead when Fautau Otto made good yards before the ball was recycled for Haining to score and Cope converted once again.

Bedford didn’t lie down though and despite the early disruption they soon scored their first try of the afternoon. A well placed penalty went to the corner before Charlie Clare sent the ball into the lineout and the drive carried the pack over with Howard popping up with the ball. Myles Dorrian added the extras and the Blues were rejuvenated with the score at 21-10.

The Blues continued to try and find gaps and managed to find one following great link up play from Dorrian, Jake Sharp and Steffan Jones who the released Adamson to score before Dorrian converted to make it 21-17 at the break.

After the interval, Cope converted a penalty only for that to be cancelled out by another strike from Jones to bring the score to 24-17.

Bedford then levelled the score when it looked more likely that Jersey would extend their lead. The hosts were knocking on the door but then gave away a penalty close to the Blues try line. Bedford spotted an opportunity and went quick with Jones making excellent ground before handing the ball to Adamson who streaked clear and Dorrian converted to make it 24-24.

There was another long break in play as Nick Haining suffered a nasty knock and when the game restarted, Cope converted a penalty only to see it cancelled out yet again by Jones who replied in kind from 25m out.

Jersey began to put the Blues scrum under pressure and picked up a useful penalty which Cope put into touch five metres from the try line. The lineout ball was safe and the hosts pack rumbled across the line with replacement Charlie Butterworth get the try and Cope converting to make it 34-27.

Bedford needed a response and they played some excellent rugby which was being orchestrated by scrum half Henry Taylor. Sharp played a chip and chase which he collected but as the ball went down the line, the final pass went forward and brought the attack to an end.

The Blues earned a penalty with a couple of minutes left on the clock and sent it into touch, but the hosts snaffled the ball and kicked clear. Bedford then had one final roll of the dice as they put in a late counter attack but Sharp’s attempted chip over the top had a little too much on it and trickled out of play allowing the referee to blow his whistle for full time.

Bedford left Jersey with a solitary bonus point but they will be looking for more on Friday night when Rotherham visit Goldington Road.


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Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road



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