‘The top four is an obvious goal’ says match-winner Sharp

Jake Sharp celebrates his winning try
Jake Sharp celebrates his winning try

Jake Sharp scored a last-gasp try to help secure a dramatic 35-29 for Bedford Blues over Doncaster Titans, and the fly-half believes that grinding out wins like that is ideal.

Trailing by a point with time running out, Sharp popped up to earn the home side a bonus point win that lifts them into the top half of the table.

Speaking after the match, Sharp said: “We will take that, as it’s nice to win games that are close. I think we only really played in the last 30 minutes and that’s testament to all the lads to fight back. A bonus point is a bonus point and we’ll take that.”

Trailing for long periods, Bedford managed to score four tries in the remaining 23 minutes to fight back from 9-26 down to claim their first win over the Titans this season, at their third attempt.

Tries from Pat Tapley, Dean Adamson and two for the fly-half helped ensure it was Blues’ turn for victory; one that only enhances their hopes of finishing in the top four come the end of the season.

Sharp added: “Everyone wants to make the top four, that’s an obvious goal for us, but we’re not looking that far ahead.

“If we keep winning then we’ll be in that top four at the end of the season; if we get mixed performances then we’ll be a mid-table side.

“We’ve been able to find some form in recent weeks, grinding out wins.

“Today was one of those when if you’re looking at the match after 60 minutes, we potentially shouldn’t be able to win.

“However everyone knows not to write Bedford off, and we proved that again today (Saturday).”

He added: “We’ve still got some excellent players to come back, the bench made a huge impact again in that last 20 minutes. We don’t have a huge squad here but whoever plays does a good job.

“The crowd were excellent again today and we just want our good form to continue. To get a bonus point victory at our first home game of the year, we’ll take that.”