Clare hails one of Blues’ best

Bedford’s Charlie Clare felt Saturday’s defensive effort against Moseley was ‘one of the best of the season so far.’

The 23-year-old front row forward was part of a side that managed to restrict Moseley to five penalties and earn the Blues an impressive 15-23 victory at Billesway Common.

Clare said: “It’s the sort of win you like the most when you’ve really got to fight it out, and thankfully we did that today.

“We knew it would be tough as Moseley are a great club who always put on a good game.

“We had to defend at three minutes at a time and that really takes it out of you, but the boys put in a great shift and it’s good to stop them from scoring a try.”

Clare was part of a forward pack that dominated the set-piece throughout, an area the hooker believes they are getting stronger in.

He said: “We’ve been going well this season in the forward pack, we’re getting stronger and stronger with every match and that’s what we’re aiming to continue to do.

“Sometimes we do make the odd mistake in the scrum or line-out that we need to iron out, but on the whole we’re really happy with how it’s going.”

Although the Blues were unable to collect their try bonus point for the fourth match running, it was a win that lifts them to seventh and continued their impressive run of form, something Clare believes is partly down to the squad gelling.

“Obviously there was a massive turnaround of players in the summer but we’re all gelling as a squad and we like playing with each other, so hopefully that continues to show in our results.”