Report by John Lowe
Bedford Under 14’s A saved their best performance of the season for their last league game and stormed home scoring 12 tries and conceding only one. The first ten minutes gave no indication that this would be the case with Fullerians putting the Blues under pressure and the Blues giving away four or five penalties in quick succession. However, this period of pressure was soon overcome and the first of Bedford’s tries was scored by Jake Carter
on his last ever appearance for the Blues – good luck back in South Africa Jake. The air of relief amongst the coaches and parents was clear for all to see. Further tries were scored by Bedford as follows:
Try 2 – Geordie Milligan
– showing great strength once more to finish off a great move involving forwards and backs
Try 3 – Bradley Cook – driven over by his pack
Try 4 – Jacob Ives
– first of three on the day
Try 5 – Josh Simmons – showing great determination and balance
Try 6 – George Cave
– strong powerful running that our opponents never truly got to grips with
Try 7 – Jake Carter
Try 8 – George Cave
Try 9 – Jacob Ives
Try 10 – Jacob Ives
Try 11 – Nathan Grant-Williams
– a great offload from Jacob Ives
and great reward for Nathan’s support play chasing a kick – even if it was a forward pass!
Try 12 – perhaps fittingly, Jake Carter
The Blues were caught out just after half-time when our opponents scored a good try which was converted. Learning point for the boys – the game is of two halves and you get nothing for being in front at half-time!
Highlights: a hat-trick of tries for Jake Carter
; a personal tally of 29 points for Jacob Ives
on the day; an intelligent kicking display from Cameron Furneaux
; the pack taking a maul from just inside their opponents half deep into the 22; Liam Sutton
strong in the tackle, at the ruck and going forward with the ball in hand; great support play all day from everyone.
Unsung hero of the day was Toby Pinn
who caught line out ball, supported in open play, put in plenty of tackles, went forward in the loose with the ball in hand – great work Toby – shame we can’t hand tries out for work rate shown on the pitch.
There was even time for some comedy rugby! Cameron Furneaux
attempting a drop goal which hit the cross bar and fell into Jacob Ives
hands to score his hat-trick try; Will Lowe
berating the referee for blowing his whistle just as he was about to “show us his pace”; Josh Simmons attempt at a drop goal – glorious failure as the attempt hit the referee smack in the midriff – from where I was standing it was ok as it seemed to miss both his legs; the last kick of the match being Captain Slowe’s toe poke attempt at a conversion.
Great result for the hard work you have put in boys – just one blip against Finchley in the league.