Academy News

With Saints, one of the RFU funded Academies, fielding a number of contracted players, with England U18 and Scotland U20 experience, it was always going to be a tough day for the Blues.  Centre Rory Hutchinson appeared for Scotland U20 in the World Cup in New Zealand this summer, and hooker James Fish, flanker Lewis Ludlum and centre Harry Mallinder (all 6’5” of him) have recently returned from the England U18 unbeaten tour of South Africa, which included a win over South Africa.  Bedford gave a great account of themselves with the Saints taking a 17pts – 12 half time lead, before running out as winners by 34pts – 22.

You can watch two Blues games for the price of one this Saturday, October 18th.

The Blues Academy are in action first when they welcome the Northampton Saints Academy. The game kicks off at 12 noon at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Barker’s Lane, Bedford, MK41 9SB. Blues supporters can watch the Academy take on Saints (admission is free) and still get to Goldington Road to enjoy the Ladies Day, and Happy Hour, prior to the Blues B&I Cup home game with Cross Keys, which kicks off at 3.00 pm.

Bedford Blues Academy put in a fine performance to overcome a strong Oxford University U21 XV to win 14 - 32 at Iffley Road..

The Academy made it three wins on the bounce having beaten St Joseph's College, Ipswich, last weekend and an RAF U23 team the week before.

For full match report see ..... here

 

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.

For Match Report see .... here

In a tough game against the older RAF U23 side the Blues took a half time lead of 14pts – 10, playing up the slope, before scoring five second half tries to win by 45pts – 10.


For Match Report see ..... here

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