Academy News

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.
 

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The Blues Academy play their final game before the Christmas break when they travel to play Shelford U21 XV tonight. Wednesday December 17th. 

Bedford again rotate their squad, making seven changes to the starting lineup that beat Saracens two weeks ago.  In the pack Owen Griffiths starts at hooker, Lewis Brunger at prop, Alex Burman at second row, and Zachary Scott-Gray (Richard Hale School and Herts U18s) makes his debut at No.8.  In the back line Dylan Leney starts at scrum half, Cameron Ives at centre and Max Titchener at full back.  Winger Richard Stewart (Tring and Herts U18s) and fly half Nat Abery (St, Joseph’s College, Ipswich) make their debuts on the bench.

With a display of grit and determination being shown by both sides, Bedford Academy beat Saracens Academy by 22 pts – 17 under lights at Goldington Road in a quality game of rugby. 

Ahead by 8 pts – 7 at half time, the Blues took a lead of 22pts – 12 midway through the second half, before outstanding defence held out a Saracens come back until the last play of the game, to give Bedford a deserved 22pts – 17 win against the RFU funded Academy.

There will be rugby under lights again at Goldington Road next week, when the Blues Academy take on Saracens Academy, on Monday December 1st, KO 7.30 pm.  The Blues will be looking to put on a good performance against the RFU funded Academy. 

After a good win last week, at home to Irish Exiles, Bedford pick a strong side to face Saracens.

On a very wet murky day Bedford Academy beat the Irish Exiles by 29pts – 14 at Goldington Road.  Playing down the slope, the Blues scored three tries to take a lead of 17pts – 0 at half time, controlling the game well, before an even second half with two tries apiece left Bedford with a 29pts – 14 win.

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The Blues Academy return to Goldington Road this weekend when they welcome the Irish Exiles U19 squad, on Sunday November 23rd, KO 2pm.

After a good win last week, away to the Cambridge University U21 XV, Bedford again rotate their squad with four players returning to the side from injury, and also make a number of positional changes,

The Blues Academy gained a narrow win over Cambridge University U21 XV, at Grange Road on Saturday.  Drawing at 12 pts all at half time, the Blues scored two further tries in second half to win by 26pts – 12.

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After the narrowest of wins against Loughborough University U21 XV last week, Bedford Academy take on another University side on Saturday; this time Cambridge University U21 XV.

Bedford again rotate their squad and make ten changes (four of them positional) to the starting lineup that beat Loughborough.

The Blues Academy scraped a narrow win over Loughborough University U21 XV, in monsoon-like weather at Goldington Road on Saturday.  Down by 5pts – 3 at half time, the Blues scored early in the second half to win by 8pts – 5.

The game started, after a One Minute Silence in recognition of Remembrance Sunday, in very heavy rain, which persisted for much of the game. Handling for both sides was extremely difficult, as the ball, like the proverbial bar of soap, skidded around Goldington Road. 

Bedford supporters have the chance to watch the Blues Academy at home on Saturday, when they welcome Loughborough University U21 XV to Goldington Road.  The game is at Goldington Road, with a 2.30 pm Kick Off.  The bar is open, admission is free, and England vs the All Blacks is on TV.

The Academy face the Loughborough students on the back of an impressive three wins in eight days;  against Oxford University U21 XV, Wasps Academy and the RAF U 23 XV.

Bedford again use their squad rotation system and make 8 changes to the starting lineup that beat the RAF U23 XV.

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