Skipper lauds Blues defence after impressive Nottingham display

Pat Tapley was on the scoresheet for the Blues. Picture (c) June Essex
Pat Tapley was on the scoresheet for the Blues. Picture (c) June Essex

Bedford Blues captain Nick­ Fenton­-Wells hailed his team mates after a very impressive defensive performance against Nottingham.

Blues defeated Nottingham 28­-19 on Saturday afternoon via tries from Pat Tapley, Sam Blanchet and Jordan Burns – but the captain believes it was Bedford’s defensive performance that secured the victory.

Speaking on Saturday after the match, Fenton­-Wells said: “Kudos to the boys for an excellent defensive performance; we knew Nottingham would play an attacking game against us so it was crucial our defence stayed solid.

“It’s great for us to return back to winning ways, especially in front of our home fans. We’ve not had the easiest run on the road and it’s always good to turn it around as soon as we can.

“All of the boys put in a hard shift at training week in week out and it’s definitely improving our fitness levels throughout these matches.”

Bedford were reduced to 14 men in the first 30 minutes after Sam Blanchet was shown a yellow card by referee Greg Gardner for deliberately slapping the ball out of a tackle, but the Blues managed to stand their ground and not get overrun by the Green and Whites.

It wasn’t all just about Bedford’s superb defensive display, however, their attacking performance was also excellent. Fenton-Wells added: “Nottingham made a few defensive errors towards the end of the game and we were able to take advantage of these and shut the game off.

“Credit to Nottingham they came with everything and they’re a really physical side but we focused on our game and came out victorious.

“We played out of our skins throughout the whole 80 minutes and I think it’s definitely giving us a positive feeling going in to our next match which will be another tough test against Jersey.”