Academy side is flying high after RAF victory

Flanker Harry Agnew was excellent in defence for Bedford Academy. Picture (c) bgrphotography
Flanker Harry Agnew was excellent in defence for Bedford Academy. Picture (c) bgrphotography

In a tough game against an RAF U23 side, the Bedford Blues Academy took a 14-10 half-time lead before scoring five second half tries to win 45-10.

The RAF opening the scoring with a penalty from the halfway line after 15 minutes.

But the Blues hit back when, after a good run by winger Charlie Reed, centre Stuart Livesey supported well to score under the posts; flyhalf Chris Easton converted.

Bedford scored again straight from kick-off when they drove the ball out of their own half with a series of pick and drives from the pack; with prop Lewis Brunger and hooker Ben Wilkinson prominent.

That allowed Easton to break out of his own half to score and convert to put Bedford 1 4-3 ahead.

The Blues gifted the RAF a try at the end of the half with an overoptimistic offload, for a converted try to make the half-time score 14-10 to Bedford.

Playing down the slope, the Blues began to find their rhythm in the second half and scored after 10 minutes.

Flanker Joe Brock broke through the middle of a ruck and offloaded to open side Harry Agnew who made good ground and side stepped his way over for a try; Easton converted.

Bedford scored their next with a good break from the backs to feed winger Will Foster who showed great footwork to beat his man; Easton converted and the Blues were 28-10 ahead after 15 minutes.

Good defence from prop Josh Waller and number 8 Felix Maddison set up a counter attack from Brock, Agnew and Maddison to give Livesey his second try.

Bedford added two further tries to close the game; Agnew broke away to score under the posts, with Easton converting, and Livesey got his hat-trick to make the final score 45-10.

Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “This is very early in their programme for the RAF and we were the better organised side. They will be a tougher proposition when we play them again in November.

“Nevertheless after a heavy defeat last week it was great to see us bounce back so well, against an older, physical side.

“We should have scored a few more tries in the first half having created the chances, but too often our execution or decision making let us down.

“Our second half performance was much better. Some of our tries showed real quality.”