Larkin praise for Bedford after bonus point victory

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Bedford Blues backs coach Paul Larkin was thrilled with his side’s bonus point victory at Plymouth Albion on Saturday, writes Ryan Lewis.

The Bedfordshire team scored four tries in their 31-22 triumph against a side that almost beat title-chasing Rotherham away in the previous fixture.

Larkin said: ‘To get five points away from Plymouth is really tough, it’s never an easy place to come, so we’re really pleased.

“We would have been happy with four points but to come away with five is a real result.

“I thought we worked really hard last week at London Scottish and put in a very good performance without getting the result we wanted.

“Saturday was all about building on that and we got the result without the greatest performance, but we’ll certainly take that at this time.”

Tries from Paul Tupai, Pat Tapley and two from Dean Adamson, as well as a 100 per cent kicking success rate from James Pritchard, was enough to secure the Blues’ first victory of the season, one they thoroughly deserved.

Larkin continued: “The scrums were outstanding, it it was great at the end there when we were able to put them under so much pressure.

“That was where our bonus point score came from.

‘The backs found some space early doors and if we had taken our chances and opportunities in the second half we could have taken the game away from them by the hour mark.

“So there are a few things we can analyse and improve on for next week but we’re delighted with this win.

“In truth the whole of our game is starting to come together now.

“We showed great composure and created some good opportunities.

“We didn’t finish them all which is disappointing but certainly for the next few matches we can take our game forward, starting with Jersey next week.”

>> The club have announced that this season’s Ladies Day will be held on Saturday, October 18 against Welsh side Cross Keys in the British and Irish Cup.

There will be a host of offers, including two-for-one ground entry for all ladies, with money raised donated to breast cancer charities.