Shelford U21 XV v Bedford Blues Academy U19

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 - 19:30
Academy Academy
Won 43 - 15

Bedford Academy signed off the first half of the season with a convincing win by 43pts – 15 away against Shelford U21 XV.  Bedford sealed the win with four tries in 15 minutes in the middle of the first half to take a half time lead of 29pts - 3, before a more even second half, scoring two tries to win by 43pts – 15.

Shelford took an early lead with a penalty after 5 minutes.  Bedford hit straight back from the kick off when centre Aaron Martin and winger Luke Hibberd pushed deep into the Shelford 22 and after strong pressure from the Blues pack, prop Lewis Brunger picked up a loose ball and crashed over; full back Max Titchener converted and the Blues were 7pts – 3 up.  The Blues pack began to take control and gave Shelford a tough time in the scrum.  Shelford were shunted off their own scrum ball; number 8 Zach Scott-Gray picked up and fed scrum half Dylan Leney who off loaded to winger Stuart Livesey to score in the corner.  The next score also came from a Shelford scrum, won by the Blues.  Leney broke blind and hooker Ben Wilkinson went over.  Bedford struck again straight from the kick off.  Flanker Callum Strachan drove the ball back to set up a good ruck.  Martin broke through the middle and Hibberd was on hand to score.  Bedford scored their fifth try when, after pressure from the forwards, prop Josh Waller went over; Titchener converted and the Blues were 29pts – 3 ahead.  After five good tries, the Blues became a bit complacent and began to rest on their laurels.  Shelford made them pay just before half time, winning a lineout in their own half and working the ball for a good try in the left hand corner to make the half time score 29pts – 8.

Shelford continued their fight back with a converted try just after half time to narrow the gap to 29pts – 15, before the Blues took control again. The Blues pack continued to control the game but scores were harder to come by as Shelford settled into the game.  Centre Cameron Gregory-Ring scored a good try on the blind side, and Chris Easton, moved from fly half to scrum half, went over with a set move from a scrum.  Titchener converted both to make the final score 43pts – 15 to Bedford.

Bedford Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “We started well and controlled the game in the first half before easing off and letting Shelford back into the game either side of half time.  The pack laid the foundations for the win and gave the older Shelford side a tough time up front.  Three tries from the front row union was a great reward for the efforts of the whole pack. The back line capitalised when quick ball was delivered and began to take some good lines of attack. It was good to see three players making their debuts settle in well; No. 8 Zach Scott-Gray, winger Richard Stewart and fly half Nat Abery, who is still only 17.

“This was a good way to sign off the first half of the season before the Christmas break.  We have played 16 games and won 13.  The Shelford game was the team's eighth consecutive win, in a run which included wins against the RFU funded Academies of Wasps and Saracens.”

“We have some tough challenges after Christmas, including games against Wasps, Yorkshire Carnegie and Leicester Tigers, but for the time being the lads can have a well earned rest.”


Bedford:  Josh Waller, Owen Griffiths, Lewis Brunger, Alex Burman, Josh Fadden, Joe Brock (capt), Nick Pritchard, Zach Scott-Gray; Dylan Leney, Chris Easton; Luke Hibberd, Aaron Martin, Cameron Ives, Stuart Livesey; Max Titchener: Replacements: Ben Wilkinson, Roin Naseri, Hayden King, Sam Copeland, Callum Strachan, Nat Abery, Richard Stewart, Cameron Gregory-Ring.

Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road



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