After a disappointing first half the Blues Academy got their act together and beat Moseley convincingly by 33 pts – 0, on the rubber crumb pitch at Moseley’s Billesley Common ground.

The Blues started the first half with an unforced error, taking the kick off with two players in front of the ball gifting, what should have been a way of pinning Moseley in their own 22, with an attacking scrum for Moseley on half way.  With Bedford never able to establish a platform up front, and Moseley disrupting the Blues continuity, and kicking frequently to use the strong wind, it was a scrappy half with neither side looking dangerous in attack. 

Having gotten their season off to the best possible start, Bedford Blues will be looking to build on their opening round win when Moseley pay a visit to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has been forced into a number of changes to the squad that beat Bristol at Ashton Gate last Sunday with Jordan Burns and Sam Blanchet both getting starting debuts while Nick Fenton-Wells, Harry Wells, Tom Williams and Ollie Dodge all making their first starts of the season.

Bedford Blues have discovered a gem in George Perkins, and fly-half Jake Sharp is happy to take some of the credit.

Saracens teenager Perkins arrived at Bedford this summer and hit the ground running, crossing over for two tries as they beat Bristol 29-23 at Ashton Gate in the opening round of the Greene King IPA Championship.

A 100m national schools champion at the age of 15, sprinter-turned-full-back Perkins impressed during this year’s Under-20 Six Nations and scored the winning try against France that handed his country the title.

With the Blues playing their first Championship home game of the season against Moseley on Saturday, the Blues Academy travel to Birmingham to take on the Moseley Academy, in their first regular game of the season.

Making their debuts for the Blues Academy are ex-Oakham School prop Leon Patel-Champion, flankers Reuben Pritchard (Market Rasen), and JonJo Fanning (Moulton College and Irish Exiles), centres Harry Hutchins (Saracens and Oaklands College) and Paul Aguele (Finchley and Middlesex U18s), wing James Mellish (Old Albanians and Oaklands College), and at full back, last year’s Rugby School captain, Jack Gibbs.  The side will be captained by Aaron Martin.

Bedford Blues have snapped up New Zealand hooker Nathan Vella on a short term deal following the ankle injury suffered by Sam James last week.
New signing James fractured his ankle while preparing for the game against Bristol last weekend and is facing several weeks on the side lines.
Vella will be a familiar name to the Championship having previously helped London Welsh gain promotion to the Premiership in the 2013/14 season before representing the Exiles last season.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th December
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road