Bedford Blues have welcomed the decision of the British & Irish Cup organising committee to award them the result of the opening pool game against Cornish Pirates following a breach of the rules.
During the game on Sunday, October 12 at the Mennaye Field, one of the Cornish Pirates props suffered an unfortunate injury and could no longer compete in the game.
As the Pirates had already used their allocated front row replacements, this meant that the game had to revert to uncontested scrums and the home side would have to withdraw a player and resume the game with 14 men.
However, with the score at 34-28 in Bedford’s favour, the Pirates replaced the injured prop with a back and then went on to score what turned out to be the winning try when it was converted at the end of the game.
Following a hearing by the organising committee it was agreed that the result of the game prior to the injury to the Cornish Pirates prop should stand and they reversed the result meaning that Bedford Blues took five points from the game whilst the Cornish Pirates were awarded a losing bonus point.
Speaking after the decision was announced today, Bedford Blues chairman Geoff Irvine said: “I would like to make it quite clear that this unfortunate breach of the regulations and the decision of the organising committee has not and will not affect the excellent relationship which exists between Bedford Blues and the Cornish Pirates.
“We have been in contact with the Pirates throughout these proceedings and they have conducted themselves, as always, with dignity and while I am sure that they are disappointed with the decision, I am also sure that they will accept the findings and look to bounce straight back against Cross Keys this weekend.
“This was a very unfortunate occurrence for all of us and we are pleased with the decision to award the Blues the full five points from the game. We wish the Cornish Pirates well for the rest of the season and we’d also like to wish the young prop who was injured during the game a speedy recovery.”