Oxford University U21 v Bedford Academy U19

Saturday, 4 October, 2014 - 14:30
Academy Academy
Won 14 - 32

Facing an older side on a rainy day, the Bedford Blues Academy took a 18pts – 7 lead at half time, before winning by 32pts -14.

The Blues adapted quickly to the conditions and applied pressure on the students in defence.  Fly half Chris Easton opened the scoring with an interception try, following good defensive pressure, after four minutes.  Bedford began to apply further pressure by building some good phases of play and moving the ball quickly.  Oxford were penalised and the Blues set up an attacking lineout.  From a set move from the lineout flanker Harry Agnew got over the gain line, and hooker Ben Wilkinson was on hand to be driven over the line.  Oxford began to gain confidence and territory but the Blues defence was solid, with some strong tackles from the front five, with prop Hayden King and 2nd row Callum Strachan to the fore.  Oxford broke down the blind side and an offload was taken cleanly for a try in the corner.  Bedford came back strongly to create pressure which resulted in a yellow card for one of the students.  The Blues kicked to the corner for an attacking lineout.  A long ball was driven to create a blindside for scrum half Dylan Leney to squeeze home in the corner.  Easton kicked a penalty just before halftime to extend the Blues lead to 18pts – 7 at half time.

Oxford scored quickly after half time through a quick break.  Bedford, brought on a number of their subs at half time who made a quick impact, disrupting the students’ scrum and clearing threats at the breakdown.  The Oxford defence was found out when prop Liam Appleton was on the end of a good move to throw a dummy and crash over for a try, supported by Wilkinson.  Fly half Cameron Gregory-Ring converted.  With the Blues front row working hard, and the Blues’ subs making a good impact, Oxford were on the backfoot.  Dynamic footwork and pace allowed Scott Lyle to dance past would be defenders and outpace the fullback to score under the posts; Gregory-Ring converted to give the Blues a 32pts – 14 win.

Blues Coach, Rich Candlin said …. “We were happy the performance.  The whole squad did well with the subs from the bench making a real impact to produce an impressive squad performance.”


Bedford: Josh Waller, Ben Wilkinson, Hayden King, Alec Burman, Sam Copeland, Josh Fadden, Harry Agnew, Joe Brock (capt); Dylan Leney, Chris Easton; Will Foster, Stuart Livesey, Ben Meaden, Luke Hibberd, Jack Stapley: Replacements: Liam Appleton, Roin Naseri, Lewis Brunger, Callum Strachan, Garth Spencer, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Scott Lyle, Cameron Clarke, James Aylott:


Next Home Match

Saturday 27th October
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road



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