Scarlets Select v Bedford Blues

Sunday, 15 November, 2015 - 15:00
1st XV B&I Cup
Won 6-35

Bedford Blues kicked off their British & Irish Cup campaign with an impressive 35-6 win over the Scarlets Select at Carmarthen Park on Sunday afternoon.

Tries from James Pritchard, Sam James, Mike Le Bourgeois and Steffan Jones secured the bonus win for the Blues while Myles Dorrian, Jones and Jake Sharp also added points from the boot on a blustery day in west Wales.

Bedford’s attacking intent was clear from the open phase which lasted almost five minutes and saw the visitors throwing the ball around as they tried to find a way through the Scarlets defence.

Scarlets enjoyed some good phases of rugby and put pressure on the Blues defence as penalties started going their way, but on two occasions Mike Howard was able to pinch the hosts lineout ball before it was sent to safety.

It was end to end stuff in difficult conditions but the first chance for points came when the Blues were judged to have brought a scrum down but the penalty attempt from Josh Lewis was off target.

There was no mistake three minutes later when another infringement was spotted and Lewis coolly put his team ahead.

Despite the setback, the Blues continued to play the more attacking rugby with captain Nick Fenton-Wells leading by example and Howard close behind. But as Bedford started to go through the motions, they conceded another penalty which Lewis dispatched from inside his own half, ably assisted by the strong wind.

Bedford continued to press and they were duly rewarded on the stroke of half time when Biyi Alo spotted a gap and hurtled forward from a ruck before the ball was played along the line to Pritchard who dotted down but Dorrian couldn’t add the extras.

With the generous wind behind them in the second half, Bedford started to stretch the Scarlets defence and Dorrian put the Blues ahead with a well struck penalty before Jones thumped another huge penalty over the uprights from 55 metres.

The Blues were soon 6-14 ahead when Jones converted another penalty before James - who was making his first competitive start for Bedford having suffered a broken ankle ahead of the season start - was generously played in for a try by his opposite number. A lineout on the Scarlets five metre line shot over the top and James gladly accepted the ball and glided over the line with Dorrian converting to make it 21-6.

Bedford were well in control of the game and weren’t giving an inch. The likes of Harry Wells, Justin Blanchet and Joel Conlon were always looking to get over the gain line while being tackling machines whenever Scarlets tried to build an attack.

The Blues third try came following a number of changes with replacements Jordan Burns and Sharp linking up well following some good forwards play, and Le Bourgeois was on hand to cross the whitewash with Sharp slotting the conversion.

With the clock ticking down, Bedford went in search of the bonus point and they got their just desserts in impressive fashion. Burns and Sharp linked up well again before the fly half delivered a delightful no look pass to Fenton-Wells who galloped forwards and then recycled the ball which made it’s way out to Jones for the try with Sharp converting to wrap things up.

A good afternoon’s work in Wales for the Blues who will want more of the same when Ulster visit Goldington Road on Saturday for the annual Ladies Day fixture.

COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

 

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Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
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7.45pm

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