Blues Academy teach the students a lesson

Scott Lyle delivers a big hit. Picture (c) bgrphotography
Scott Lyle delivers a big hit. Picture (c) bgrphotography

Facing an Oxford University U21 side on a rainy day, the Bedford Blues Academy took an 18-7 lead at half-time, before winning 32 -14.

The Blues adapted quickly to the conditions and applied pressure on the students in defence.

Fly-half Chris Easton opened the scoring after four minutes with an interception try, following good defensive pressure.

Bedford began to apply further pressure by building some good phases of play and moving the ball quickly.

Oxford were penalised and the Blues set up an attacking lineout where, from a set move, flanker Harry Agnew got over the gain line, and hooker Ben Wilkinson was on hand to be driven over the line.

Oxford began to gain confidence and territory but the Blues defence was solid, with some strong tackles from the front five; prop Hayden King and second row Callum Strachan coming to the fore.

However, Oxford broke down the blindside and an offload was taken cleanly for a try in the corner.

Bedford came back strongly to create pressure which resulted in a yellow card for one of the students.

A long ball was driven to create a blindside for scrum-half Dylan Leney to squeeze home in the corner. Easton kicked a penalty just before half-time to extend the Blues’ lead to 18-7 at the break.

Oxford scored quickly after half-time through a quick break.

Bedford brought on a number of their subs at half-time who made a quick impact, disrupting the students’ scrum and clearing threats at the breakdown.

The Oxford defence was found out when prop Liam Appleton was on the end of a good move to throw a dummy and crash over for a try, supported by Wilkinson. Fly-half Cameron Gregory-Ring converted.

Dynamic footwork and pace allowed Scott Lyle to dance past would-be defenders and he outpace the full-back to score under the posts; Gregory-Ring converted to give the Blues a 32-14 win.

Blues coach Rich Candlin said: “We were happy with the performance.

“The whole squad did well, with the subs from the bench making a real impact to produce an impressive squad performance.”