Bedford Blues v Richmond

Saturday, 13 April, 2019 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Won 41-35

Bedford Blues ran in six tries during an entertaining afternoon of rugby at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon, but they still had to dig deep to beat Richmond 41-35.

Bedford were 20 points clear with ten minutes to go but Richmond, who are scrapping for survival in the league, scored two tries to set up a grandstand finish. As the south-west London club went on the attack in stoppage time, the ball came off the hand of a Blues player and after consulting his assistant, referee Craig Maxwell-Keys decided it was a genuine attempt at an interception and brought the game to an end.

Speaking at full time, Blues centre Matt Worley, who scored two tries, said: “That last period of play was tough. They had momentum but we had to put our bodies on the line, be clean at the breakdown and try not to give a penalty away. We dug deep, everyone stuck to their role and luckily we got the win at the end.

“In typical fashion, we want to give the crowd a entertaining game but maybe the concentration slipped a little and some of the basics let us down. Ultimately though, we got the win and that’s the important thing.”

The game got off to an electric start with the Blues scoring on their very first attack. Oli Curry collected a lineout before Lee Dickson got the ball moving. Lewis Robling and Charlie Clare both carried well before the backs were released and Dean Adamson unselfishly played in Ryan Hutler for the score which Will Hooley converted superbly from wide on the right.

Richmond certainly weren’t deterred by the early setback and looked to get straight back into things with some patient play but they couldn’t quite make the break through.

However, persistence paid off for the visitors and they got their reward in the 13th minute when a good maul set up an attacking platform before the ball spun left and Ben Rath crossed the whitewash with Rob Kirby converting.

Kirby was called into action a couple of minutes later following a bit of a muck-up at a Blues ruck. The ball popped out like a hot potato with no one claiming it, so Luc Jones nipped in and ran under the posts with the extras making it 7-14.

Bedford’s response was as immediate as the visitors had been as Worley showed an electric turn of pace to somehow wriggle his way clear of the defence and score a sublime solo try which went unconverted.

Things got better for the Blues in the 27th minute following another fantastic flowing move. The forwards got things moving with a driving maul before Dickson, Hooley and Robling combined before Hutler popped a pass to Rich Lane to score to make it 17-14.

Bedford secured the try bonus on the stroke of half-time as Adamson got his name on the score sheet. James Lennon - who replaced the injured Dickson - added a spark to the attack before Hooley and Lane combined to get the ball to the winger who showed some sharp feet to dance beyond the defence. Hooley then slotted the conversion with about a millimetre to spare making the score 24-14 at the interval.

Richmond started brightly in the second half as they ran down a kick and went on the attack but the Blues defence - led by some awesome tackling by Josh Buggea, Justin Blanchet and Mark Flanagan while Charlie Clare, Alex Penny and Sean McCarthy thrived at the ruck - was solid and soaked up the pressure.

Bedford came back in style though with two tries in three minutes. The first was for Robling who crashed through the defence from a lineout before Worley got his second of the game after Hooley - who had converted Robling’s effort - spotted space on the left and kicked over the top with the centre collecting and dotting down. 

Richmond weren’t giving up though and when a wave of attacks resulted in a ruck besides the uprights, scrum half Jones sniped over again and Lewis Dennett took the quick conversion to make it 36-21.

The Blues thought they had put the game out of reach in the 62nd minute though when Adamson crossed for his second of the game. A rampaging scrum secured the ball before the backs attacked and the winger dotted down in the corner to give the hosts a 20 point lead.

Once more though, Richmond weren’t to be outdone and they secured the try bonus when number eight Chris Davies dived over from close range before adding a second with four minutes left on the clock. Kirby converted both.

Richmond could sense blood and held onto the ball from the restart, inching their way forward but as they looked for men out wide, the Blues struck and although they couldn’t take in the ball, it was to be the final moment of the game as the ref called time.

Bedford Blues: 15. Rich Lane, 14. Ryan Hutler, 13. Matt Worley, 12. Lewis Robling, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Will Hooley, 9. Lee Dickson (c); 1. Sean McCarthy, 2. Charlie Clare, 3. Alex Penny, 4. Oli Curry, 5. Mark Flanagan, 6. Justin Blanchet, 7. Josh Buggea, 8. Jarad Williams.

Replacements: 16. Jacob Fields, 17. Hayden King, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Will Carrick-Smith, 20. Huw Worthington, 21. James Lennon, 22. Jake Sharp.

Richmond: 15. Rob Kirby, 14. Marcus Webber, 13. Cam Mitchell (c), 12. Richard Cheeseman, 11. Ben Rath, 10. Lewis Dennett, 9. Luc Jones; 1. Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2. Ross Grimstone, 3. Craig Trenier, 4. Myles Scott, 5. Maxwell Davies, 6. Jesse Liston, 7. Toby Saysell, 8. Chris Davies.

Replacements: 16. Rupert Freestone, 17. Jeremy Cunnew, 18. Dave Spelman, 19. Max Crawford, 20. Andrew Boyce, 21. James Gibbs, 22. Ben Cook.

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Attendance: 2436

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