Sharp targets strong finish after Blues secure survival

Jake Sharp
Jake Sharp

Bedford Blues fly-half Jake Sharp is hoping they can build on their 31-21 victory over Moseley in their remaining two matches of the season against Doncaster and Nottingham.

Two tries from Sharp, as well as scores by Nick Fenton-Wells, Pat Tapley and Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, secured a bonus point victory that ensured relegation wasn’t possible for Mike Rayer’s side this season.

Saturday’s win at Goldington Road ended Bedford’s losing streak that stretched back to the beginning of February and Sharp is hoping to kick on from here.

He said: “We’ve been speaking all week that this is a huge game for us and it gives us safety for next year. It feels like we shouldn’t be down here to be honest but we put ourselves down in this boat.

“I think we only missed one opportunity today (Saturday), it was a game of chess which is what it was always going to be, and to come out on top is lovely.

“But testament has to go to the boys for sticking at it, the forwards for getting around the park and keeping their discipline, and us backs for our execution and finishing. Yeah it was good to get that result, and the bonus point too.”

After a scrappy first half where Sharp was the only player to cross the whitewash for either side, the second 40 proved more fruitful for both sides.

Thankfully for the majority of the 1907 in attendance it was the Blues who came out on top and quashed any talk of National One rugby coming to Goldington Road next campaign.

The former Saracens player still feels there is plenty to play for in their remaining two fixtures though.

“We will go into those two matches and try and get 10 points,” stated Sharp.

“Maybe we put ourselves under too much pressure earlier in the season saying we could reach top four, I still think we have the ability for that but we were probably looking too far forward.

“These two final games we want to keep building, we want to win them. We want to finish where we should which is sixth or above, but today we really wanted to get that win and we’re delighted it has come.”