Wasps Academy vs Bedford Blues Academy

Friday, 6 February, 2015 - 19:30
Academy Academy
Won 27 - 22

Bedford Academy travelled to play their second fixture of the season against Wasps, the RFU funded Premiership Academy, this time on the synthetic pitch at the impressive Maidenhead Rugby Club ground.  With Bedford having won the first game narrowly (13pts – 12) at Goldington Road in October, Wasps, who have hit form recently and have beaten Harlequins Academy (29pts – 0) and Bristol Academy (38pts – 9) in the last few weeks, were out to avenge the earlier loss.  Bedford took a 15pts – 7 lead at half time before allowing Wasps back into the game, to take a lead of 22pts - 15 with five minutes to go.  Bedford played right to the end to score two tries in the last 5 minutes to win by 27pts – 22 in an excellent game of rugby.

Bedford took the lead after 5 minutes when they forced a lineout 10m from the Wasps line, and drove the ball for flanker Oli Robinson to score.  Centre Cameron Gregory-Ring converted.  Wasps hit back five minutes later, when the ever dangerous Wasps back line created space for centre Owain James to score on the right hand side.  Ex-England U18 fly-half Harry Sheppard converted to level the scores.  Gregory-Ring regained the lead for the Blues on 20 minutes with a well taken penalty.  Bedford went further ahead when they created momentum through their forwards, for hooker Ben Wilkinson to go over from close range.  The Blues continued to attack but gave away a scoring position when a penalty kick to the corner went dead to allow Wasps a final attack before half time which very nearly resulted in a score.  The Bedford scramble defence managed to hold and the Blues went into half time 15pts - 7 ahead.

Wasps scored very quickly after half time when a Bedford kick out of defence went straight the Wasps No.8 (ex-Bedford School captain Ollie Lyons), who made good ground to create space for a try on the right from winger Callum Striker, to make the score 15pts – 12 to Bedford.  Wasps took the lead for the first time 10 minutes after half time when the Wasps flanker, and captain, Jack Willis scored from close range; Sheppard converted and Wasps were 19pts  - 15 ahead.  Wasps stretched their lead to 22pts – 15 with a Sheppard penalty with 5 minutes to go.  The Blues continued to compete and forced a lineout in the Wasps 22.  They spoilt the Wasps ball and scrum half Dylan Leney broke blind to feed hooker Owen Griffiths who made it to the corner for the try.  The conversion was missed and Wasps still led by 22pts – 20 with only minutes left.   Bedford fielded the kick off and made ground.  After a couple of phases winger Ryan Hutler cut loose up the left and showed good footwork to get the winning score on the stroke of time. Gregory-Ring converted to give the Blues a 27pts – 22 win.

 

Bedford Academy Director Denis Ormesher said …. “This was a cracking game of rugby with two good sides, playing good rugby, going flat out at each other.  The result could have gone either way. 

On the “down side” we made too many unforced errors and our kicking game and, at times, our defence let us down.  Too often we kicked straight to Wasps to allow them to counter attack.  With Ollie Lyons running hard, and the Wasps back line with real pace, this cost us.

On the “up side” we were pleased with the way we competed throughout the game.  At 22pts - 15 down with 5 minutes to go we showed real maturity and patience to construct the chances we did.  The winning try was the result of 11 phases of play, and our fitness allowed us to compete right to the end.  We were delighted that our youngest player Ryan Hutler, who was only 17 in December, should get the winning try, but this was a real team win, with everyone playing their part.”

 

Bedford:  Josh Waller, Ben Wilkinson, Hayden King, Josh Fadden, Sam Copeland, Oli Robinson, Harry Agnew, Zach Scott-Gray; Chris Easton (capt), Roddy Giles; Luke Hibberd, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Aaron Martin, Jack Stapley; George Silk:  Replacements: Owen Griffiths, Liam Appleton, Alex Burman, Callum Strachan, Steffan Osman-Wiggin, Dylan Leney, Ben Meaden, Scott Lyle, Ryan Hutler.

Next Home Match

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

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