RAF U23 v Bedford Blues Academy U19

Saturday, 1 November, 2014 - 14:30
Academy Academy
Won 8 - 20

With a 20pts – 8 win over the RAF U23 XV, away at RAF Halton, to add to their wins over Oxford University U21s last Saturday and Wasps Academy U19s on Wednesday, the Blues Academy completed an impressive three wins in eight days.  The RAF are in the final stages of preparation for the Inter-Services competition which takes place at the end of November.  With a number of players missing because of representative games (East Midlands, Eastern Counties and Surrey), and a number missing due to injury and availability, the Blues made eight changes to the starting lineup that beat Wasps. 

With the pitch at the impressive RAF Halton sporting facility in perfect condition, the Blues took an early lead after 4 minutes with a penalty from centre Cameron Gregory-Ring.  The RAF leveled the scores five minutes later with a penalty. The Bedford forwards began to gain the upper hand and were rewarded with a further three points with a penalty from the boot of Gregory-Ring.  The Blues fought back into the RAF 22 and put on concerted pressure at a series of scrums.  After some good approach work from the pack prop Hayden King crashed over for a try; Gregory–Ring converted and the Blues were 13pts – 3 ahead.

Bedford turned around at half time and continued the forward pressure.  The Blues next try was well worked; a lineout on the right was won, the ball moved quickly and a ruck won centre field, the forwards took the ball on left again to win another quick ruck.  The move came back blind where centre Stuart Livesey beat his man with a quick step to score under the posts.  Full back Scott Lyle converted and the Blues were 20pts – 3 ahead.  The RAF came back at the Blues to score a try in injury time, but the Blues ran out as winners by 20pts – 8.

Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said .…

“As we knew the RAF, who beat Cambridge University LX Club last week, were much stronger than when we played them six weeks ago.  They have had an extra six weeks preparation and had the squad that will play in their games against the Army and the Navy in the Inter-Services competition at the end of the month.”

“We were delighted to see how the Blues coped with the physicality of the older RAF side.  Our squad were mainly 17 and 18 year olds yet they dominated the RAF in the scrum and lineout, and were a match for them in the contact areas.”

“To achieve the three wins they have in eight days has been the result of a real squad effort, with every member of the squad playing a part.  It has been demanding physically and there were some tired Bedford bodies at the end of the RAF game, but they should be proud of the results of the week.  We now have a week to recover for our next game, another tough encounter .. this time  against Loughborough University U21, at home next Saturday.”


Bedford:  Liam Appleton, Ben Wilkinson, Hayden King, Alex Burman, Sam Copeland, Oli Robinson Josh Fadden, Joe Brock (capt); Chris Easton, Roddy Giles; Will Foster, Cameron Gregory-King, Charlie Reed, Jack Stapley; Cameron Ives:  Replacements: Ralph Adams-Hale, Roin Naseri, Alex Hales, Callum Strachan, Olly Venni, Scott Lyle, Luke Hibbard, Stuart Livesey.

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Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road



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