Bedford Blues’ hopes of reaching the knock out stages of the British & Irish Cup were boosted on Saturday evening when they picked up a 34-17 bonus point win over Bristol.
The Blues had clearly learnt from their 52-8 defeat to the same opponents last Friday as they cut out the mistakes, reduced the penalty count and ran in five superb tries to seal a thoroughly deserved victory.
The opening try of the game came in the 11th minute and it was a cracker as Dean Adamson came into the attack and cleverly passed to Piers O’Conor who crossed the line for an unconverted try.
Bristol responded soon afterwards through Tommaso Benvenuti who dotted down, with Matthew Morgan converting.
Trailing 5-7, the Blues took the game to Bristol and were soon back in front as Paul Tupai stretched as far as he could to score, with Myles Dorrian adding the extras to make it 12-7.
The Blues fans were sent into wonderland three minutes later as Dorrian sent a long pass out wide which Adamson collected to touch down and send his side into a 17-7 lead at half-time.
Bristol started the second half in fine form when Chris Brooker spotted a gap and squirmed over for an unconverted score to make it 17-12.
Bedford didn’t capitulate, though, and responded in style as Dorrian showed great agility to collect the ball, step away from the oncoming defence and dart under the posts before converting his own effort to secure at least a try bonus point.
The Blues extended their lead in the 54th minute when Bristol failed to release in the tackle and Dorrian converted the penalty to make it 27-12.
Bedford continued to make the most of their possession, and the majority of the team played some part in sending the ball out wide to Adamson who was able to cross for his second try which Sharp converted.
Bristol made a good period of possession count and they crashed over for a third try of the afternoon through Nick Kosher but the conversion was pulled wide.
Scarlets Select’s victory over Ulster means that the Blues return to the top of Pool 2 and will be hopeful of progressing into the knockout stages.