Blues Academy thrashed by rampant Leinster outfit

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The Bedford Blues Academy started their season with a tough encounter against a strong Leinster U18 side.

Leinster, who are preparing for the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship, played some fine rugby and were deserved winners by 28 points to nil.

Playing down the slope, Leinster opened the scoring after 15 minutes, when a poor kick out of defence from the Blues allowed them to counter, and their full-back scored in the right hand corner.

The conversion put Leinster 7-0 ahead, and the lead was extended five minutes later when a 5m lineout was driven close to the Bedford line for the Leinster scrum-half to go over. The conversion made it 14- 0.

The final score of the half was a good wide move from Leinster for their left wing to score. The try was converted and Leinster took a 21-0 lead in at half-time.

Bedford put together a better performance in the second half and limited Leinster to a single try; a converted effort from a 5m lineout drive.

Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “Leinster played some good rugby today and showed what a simple game rugby can be when it is played well.

“They did the simple things at pace and were clinical in how they finished.

“At times our contact skills were not good enough, and we allowed Leinster to turnover a number of balls

“Although we did not gel together as a team, there were some good individual performances to build on.

“We play London Scottish next week and they will give us another tough test.”