Development Squad win Title!
Tigers crush Stags again to regain Merit League Title.
The Development Squad showed that they could compete at Entry Level competition and not just merit league by putting Hemel Stags to the sword once again. A very even opening 20 minutes meant that both teams were drawing 12-12.
The first try of the game came from young Tigers hooker Jack Webb who scooted over from dummy-half with Ieuan-Rhys Beal converting. The game was level shortly afterwards however with Hemel breaking through a weak fringe defence.
The Stags were ill-disciplined for the next five minutes though with three silly penalties giving the Tigers good field position and the powerful running of Will Bennett allowed him to crash over the line, with Beal converting again.
Bedford, however, were to follow in Stags' footsteps and being ill-disciplined themselves, which eventually led to the Hemel winger using his quick footwork to step past a few tacklers, and dive over the line.
The Tigers finished the half with a flurry though, with two quick fire tries just before Half-time. The first came through Ollie Francis, after he smashed his way through tacklers 25 metres from the Hemel line and score under the posts, and to follow up Webb scored his second after another Francis break, 16 year-old Callum Nelson centred the play after picking up a loose ball, Hibbert crashed through a tackler and offloaded to Webb with Beal converting both, Bedford went into the half 24-12 up.
After half-time both teams were fired up, with huge, hard tackles being made by both sides, but Bedford were able to extend their lead further, when Beal made a break, passed inside to Neild who then released Webb through to score his hat-trick try, well completed off with a back-flip.
This celebration was short-lived however, with David Lowe picking up and yellow card for deliberately slowing down the play, by throwing the ball away, and with the man advantage, Hemel scored again through a simple overlap.
With the Stags camped on the Bedford try-line and keeping the Tigers trapped inside their 20, Waide Allen made a trademark break from 95 metres to score under the posts after picking up a Stags knock-on. Phil Walker was on hand to convert after Beal left the field due to injury.
More Stags penalties gave Bedford even better field position, and a strong run from Shaun Glover was followed up by an equally powerful run from Chris Elliott to dot down, with Walker adding another conversion.
Three more Bedford tries were to follow in the last 10 minutes, with Lowe making-up for his earlier sin-binning by crashing his way over the line with Beal, back on the field to convert.
Bennett and Neild scored the last two tries of the game in exactly the same fashion, with both of them running, hard, straight lines against the inside shoulder of the defence to score on the left hand side of the posts.
Jonny Dowler converted the last try of the game, to make the final score Bedford Tigers ‘A’ 58 Hemel Stags ‘A’ 16.
Squad: Calum Nelson, Carl Payne, Christopher Elliott, David Lowe, Shane Moulds,Ieuan-Rhys Beal, Jack Webb, Jonny Dowler, Matt Neild, Mickey Kiernan, Ollie Francis, Phil Walker, Richard Harris, Shaun Glover, Tom Stafford, Trevor Hibbert, Waide Allen, Will Bennett, Wozza Foskett, Yousef Richards