Rugby: Bedford Swifts claimed a superb 10-3 victory over Coventrians in the quarter-finals of the Midlands Junior Vase on Saturday.
Swifts opened the scoring from a barnstorming run by Pas Medina Falces, following good lineout work by Luke Adde, with Sam Richbell converting.
In a hard-fought contest Swifts were pleased to come out winners to progress to the semi-finals.
Swifts started strongly with the away forwards looking as if they were still on the bus.
The home side opened the scoring from a barnstorming by El Toro, Pas Medina Falces, following good lineout work by Luke Adde, with Sam Richbell converting.
Coventrians’ forwards now started to come into the game with some strong scrummaging and rucking and hit back with a penalty from their erratic kicker to trail 7-3 at the break.
The second half started at apace with the Swifts forwards coming under the cosh, but soon they turned the pressure around and started to dominate in the tight.
Neither side looked like crossing the whitewash with good defence and a lot of heart shown by both sides, although Swifts finally broke the stalemate with a well taken penalty by Richbell.
With 10 minutes left Coventrians threw everything at Swifts, knowing a converted try would send them through on the away try rule, but Swifts dug deep and defended like demons, and were relieved when Coventrians’ dangerous full-back decided to kick through and Swifts full-back George Maluga was able to touch the ball down for the ref to blwo the final whistle.
On the day, baby-faced forwards Adde (17) and Bradley Jarrett (19) stuck to their tasks well.
On Saturday they host St Neots in Midlands Four East South.