Rotherham head coach Justin Burnell got the perfect start from his first league game in charge as the South Yorkshire club also scored their first try-scoring bonus point since October and took a significant step towards ruling out the risk of relegation.
Clearly confident after their B&I Cup win over Ealing in their previous outing, Rotherham started brightly and had secured two converted tries via Lloyd Hayes and Calladine’s first before the 11th minute as the playoff-chasing Blues failed to deal with their struggling opponents.
It was Bedford who had opened the scoring with a Jake Sharp penalty and he converted when Sharp’s smart chip was gathered by winger Dean Adamson for a well-worked try.
Calladine benefitted again after a driving maul as Rotherham went in 19-10 ahead at the interval, and Toby Salmon broke off another maul early in the second period to claim that bonus point.
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Will Goodwin improved the score again and then converted his own solo try as the hosts unpicked the Bedford defence yet again for a 33-10 lead.
Bedford hit back with a swift double blast from Michael Le Bourgeois and Dean Adamson, each converted.
Goodwin slotted two penalties, however, to end any fears of suffering a collapse, Bedford’s Miles Howard getting their final bonus point try.
Bedford Blues: S Jones; Tapley, Le Bourgeois, Dodge (Staff 60), Adamson; Sharp (Dorrian 61), Burns; Lundberg (Parilli-Ocampo 46), James (Clare 46), Boulton, Latta (Blanchet 46), Wells (Howard 46), Tupai, Buggea, Conlon. Unused replacement: White.