St. Joseph's College v Bedford Blues Academy

Saturday, 27 September, 2014 - 14:00
Academy Academy
Won 34 - 52

In a game of three 30 minute periods Bedford dominated the first two periods, before losing the third, but ended as winners by 52pts – 34 against St. Joseph’s College Ipswich.  With both sides taking the opportunity to use about 30 players the game gave both sets of coaches the opportunity to try some different players and combinations.

Bedford opened the scoring after five minutes when a back row move from a scrum led to three phases of play and a try from flanker Harry Agnew; fly half Chris Easton converted.  St. Joe’s hit back straight away when they worked their way into the Blues 22 and scored from a driving lineout.  The Blues extended their lead when full back Jack Stapley broke out of the Blues half, beat a number of tackles and linked with second row Josh Fadden; hooker Owen Griffiths was up in support and he fed winger Will Foster for try.  Foster scored his second when the Blues attacked from a scrum deep in their half, No 8 Joe Brock put in a neat grubber kick for Foster to score in the corner, Easton converted. Bedford got their fourth try when Griffiths was up in support to finish the move, Easton’s conversion put the Blues ahead by 26pts – 5 at the end of the first thirty minutes.

With both sides making wholesale changes for the second period Bedford began to dominate the set scrum and from a St. Joe’s scrum deep in the Blues half, a heel against the head led to a break up the blindside from scrum half Olly Venni.  The Bedford pack took the ball on in the loose and winger Charlie Reed went over for a try.  Fly half Cameron Gregory-Ring converted.  Venni was next to score with two tries within 10 minutes; Gregory-Ring converted one to put the score at the end of the second period to 45pts – 10 to Bedford.

Bedford scored first in the final period when the Blues pack won a long lineout and Agnew scored his second; Gregory-Ring converted.  St. Joe’s narrowed the gap with a try from a tap penalty, which was converted. The rest of the third period was all St. Joe’s with three further tries, and a conversion, making the final score 52pts – 34 to Bedford.

Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said …. “All credit to St. Joe’s, they never gave up and their superior fitness in the last period, and willingness to run the ball from anywhere, gave them the edge at the end of the game.  We were pleased with our performance in the first two periods, and some of our tries came from good approach work, and good finishing.”


Bedford: Josh Waller, Owen Griffiths, Hayden King, Alec Hales, Sam Copeland, Josh Fadden, Harry Agnew, Joe Brock (capt); Dylan Leney, Chris Easton; Will Foster, Ben Meaden, Cameron Clarke, Luke Hibberd, Jack Stapley: Replacements: Roin Naseri, Ben Wilkinson, Ralph Adams-Hale, Aaron Pike, Alec Burman, Nick Pritchard, Olly Venni, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Michael Phillips, Aaron Martin, Charlie Reed, James Aylott, Josh Spearing, Scott Lyle, Max Titchener;

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Saturday 1st December
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road



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