Academy News

Bedford Academy found the RFU funded Wasps Academy too strong for them, conceding two tries in the first half, and two in an improved second half, to lose by 24pts – 0 under lights at Goldington Road.

The game started at a fast pace with both sides wanting to play open rugby.  Bedford’s discipline continued to let them down, and with two consecutive penalties costing them 60m, and giving Wasps a good attacking position, Wasps scored their first try when a driving lineout sucked in the Blues defence allowing Wasps to score on the blind side. 

The Blues Academy are at home on Wednesday night under lights at Goldington Road, when they welcome the Wasps Academy, Kick Off is at 7.45 pm.

The Blues make eight changes (two of them positional) to the starting lineup that lost to East Midlands U20s last week.  In the pack, Charley Robinson moves to prop, with Michael Bond at hooker, Henry Peck is at prop and Charley Harvey at 2nd row.  In the back line Olly Howard returns at scrum half, and captains the side; Paul Aguele moves to inside centre with Jack Gibbs at 13 and Tom Fawssett on the wing.
 

With the pitches at Wellingborough School waterlogged, the Blues Academy U19s game against East Midlands U20s was rearranged at short notice and held on the synthetic pitch at Tresham College, Kettering.  Bedford were down by two tries to one at half time (14pts -7) before eventually losing by 26pts – 24.

Due to the Wellingborough school pitches being waterlogged, the Bedford Academy U19 game against EM U20s on Sunday January 24th will now be played on the synthetic pitch at Tresham College - Kick Off is 1.00 pm.

Tresham College
Windmill Avenue
Kettering
Northants
N15 6ER

 

 

After a long break since their last game the Blues Academy were back in action on Saturday with a convincing win, in perfect conditions at Grange Road,  against Cambridge University U20s.  Ahead by 31pts – 0 at half time, Bedford withstood a spirited comeback from the students in the second half to end as winners by 50pts – 0.

The Blues had a great start with an early try from centre Paul Aguele.  A poor clearing kick from Cambridge allowed Bedford to counter, and Aguele went in from the half way line; full back Liam Shields converted, and it was 7pts – 0 to the Blues after two minutes.  

After a long break since their last game the Blues Academy are back in action this Saturday – away against Cambridge University U20s, Kick Off at 2.00pm.

The Blues make eight changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that lost to Nottingham before Christmas.

In the pack, Ben Thompson starts at prop, Jacob Moody and Callum Strachan at second row, with Harry Peterkin and Rahat Choudhury on the flanks.  In the back line Ben Phillips returns at fly half and scrum half Callum Tormey and winger Oli Beavis (both Oaklands College) make their Blues debuts.  The side will be captained by scrum half Olly Howard.

 

After beating Nottingham, three weeks ago by a narrow score, the Blues Academy faced them again, this time playing a much younger side. with 12 changes from the starting line up from three weeks ago.  Nottingham were the better side, more physical in contact, and more clinical in finishing.  They took a 12pts – 5 lead at half time before running out as well deserved winners by 34pts – 15.

STOP PRESS.  Bedford 15pts. Notttingham 34pts.  Report to follow.

Bedford Academy welcome Nottingham Academy to Bedford on Saturday.  With the Blues at home against Bristol the Academy game is at the Bedford Swifts’ ground with Kick Off at 12.30pm.

Bedford had a narrow win against Nottingham three weeks ago (12pts – 8).  This second game, although still an Under 19 game, has been set up to allow both sides to include a number of younger players.

STOP PRESS - Sat am - Game cancelled:

The Blues Academy travel to Leicester to take on the Leicester Tigers Academy, at their Oval Park ground, on Saturday, KO 1.00 pm.

In the pack, Charley Robinson returns at prop with Charley Harvey at 2nd row, and Jacob Moody moving to flanker.  Dylan Leney starts at scrum half and Paul Aguele returns from injury on the wing with Liam Shields moving to full back.  The side will be captained by No. 8 Rahat Choudhury.
 

The Blues Academy have announced that Blues 1st XV players James Pritchard and Charlie Clare are joining the Blues Academy Coaching team.  Pritch and Charlie will help coach the Academy squad for the remainder of the season.

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