Bedford Blues v Yorkshire Carnegie

Friday, 1 March, 2019 - 19:45
1st XV Championship
Lost 44-45

Bedford Blues were on the receiving end of a one point defeat under the Friday Night Lights as Yorkshire Carnegie completed an impressive comeback with a try at the death to steal a bonus point win.

The Blues inflicted a similar defeat on Coventry a few weeks ago, but the shoe was on the other foot tonight despite a brace of tries from Huw Worthington and one apiece for Jacob Fields, Dean Adamson, Tadgh McElroy and James Lennon.

But there was nothing that could stop a late Carnegie revival as Dan Temm glided in under the posts in the 80th minute giving fly half Jade Te Rure the simplest of conversions to seal a win that looked highly unlikely at half-time.

It was a bright start to the game with both sides going full pelt form the off. Carnegie put together a good number of phases before Ryan Hutler intercepted to avert the danger and the Blues cleared. 

Despite a missed drop goal attempt, the visitors coughed up penalties and the Blues took full advantage to earn a lineout close to the Carnegie try line. Jacob Fields found Mark Flanagan with the put in but the visitors didn’t engage. It mattered not though as Flanagan didn’t move the ball and by the time Carnegie did compete, momentum was with the home side and Fields went over from the back to score and Sharp added the extras.

The visitors responded in good fashion by putting another series of phases together but the final finish wasn’t there and the Blues came away once again. Another penalty soon followed and Sharp struck the ball superbly to make it 10-0.

All looked comfortable for the Blues but then they shot themselves in the foot with a succession of penalties which resulted in a five metre lineout for the visitors. The maul was established but brought down illegally with the ref running under the posts and then carding Sean McCarthy.

The prop was joined in the Embankment sponsored sin bin - a great place to stay when in Bedford - by Carnegie winger Myles Thoroughgood who was carded for taking Rich Lane out in the air. Bedford capitilised immediately as Lee Dickson and Jarad Williams linked up to play in Dean Adamson who hurtled down the blindside for the score.

The warning signs remained in place from Carnegie who displayed some wonderful handling in attack but Chris Elder just wasn’t able to take in an offload and a certain try was denied by a knock on.

Lane was called into action once again as balls were pelted into the Bedford 22 before more penalties followed. Sharp found good touches and the Blues had an attacking lineout midway in the Carnegie 22. The initial maul attack was good but as it stalled, Huw Worthington broke away with Williams giving him some extra power and the Welsh duo went over on St David’s Day for the score which was awarded to Worthington.

Goldington Road almost erupted moments later when Northampton Saints loanee Matt Worley went on a spectacular run from the Blues half into the Carnegie 22. He was caught, but released the ball looking to pick up and continue but a knock on occured as support arrived.

Lane would be on the receiving end of more ill-discipline from the visitors and Bedford built another attack. Wave after wave went forward but a handling error saw Carnegie recover the ball and danger was averted leaving the score 20-7 at half time.

Carnegie were down to 14 once again five minutes after the break when hooker Joseph Buckle brought down a Blues maul but then Bedford fluffed the lineout giving the visitors the chance to clear. 

It didn’t seem to matter too much though as Worthington picked up his second try when he drove over from close range and Sharp added the extras. 

Back came Carnegie though as Chris Elder and then Elia Niko both crossed the whitewash in the space of five minutes with Te Rure continuing his faultless converting. Sharp retaliated with a 62nd minute penalty before Peter Lucock crashed over the BLues line moments later with Te Rure bringing the score to 30-28.
 
Carnegie were down to 14 once more when Lane was once again taken out in the air with Josh Bainbridge being carded for his efforts. Bedford went on the attack following a 22 dropout by the visitors. Lane was the instigator with a fine run before passing to Hutler who chipped over the defence and was seemingly taken out for his efforts, but Lennon was on hand to score with Sharp converting.

Goldington Road thought there was no way back for Carnegie, but almost immediately they scored again.A break down the right saw an advantage going their way so Te Rure sent a bomb of a kick crossfield and although the first receiver flapped and missed the catch, Antonio Kiri Kiri slid over and the try was scored despite protests of a knock on from the crowd. Te Rure converted and it was 37-35.

Back came the Blues again with another lineout drive and another score with McElroy claiming the try which Sharp convert.

Surely that was it!

Nope. Te Rure slotted a 79th minute penalty to ensure at least a losing bonus point to go with the try bonus, but then a sweeping attack in the final minute resulted in Temm’s score, Te Rure’s conversion and agony for the Blues.

Bedford Blues: 15. Rich Lane, 14. Ryan Hutler, 13. Matt Worley, 12. Dom Morris, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Jake Sharp, 9. Lee Dickson (c); 1. Sean McCarthy, 2. Jacob Fields, 3. Alex Penny, 4. Will Carrick-Smith, 5. Mark Flanagan, 6. Oli Curry, 7. Huw Worthington, 8. Jarad Williams

Replacements: 16. Tadgh McElroy, 17. Toby Trinder, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Paddy Ryan, 20. Josh Buggea, 21. James Lennon, 22. Ed Coulson.

Yorkshire Carnegie: 15. Chris Elder 14. Elijah Niko 13. Andy Forsyth 12. Peter Lucock (c) 11. Myles Thoroughgood 10 Jade Te Rure 9. JB Bruzulier 1. Marc Thomas 2. Joe Buckle 3. Craig Mitchell 4. Dan Temm  5. Matt Smith 6. Lewis Wilson 7. Josh Bainbridge 8. Antonio Kiri Kiri.

Replacements: 16. Dylan Donnellan 17. Nic Mayhew 18. Andrew Foster 19 Kieran Frost 20. Levi Davis 21. Sam Wolstenholme 22. Tom Bullough

Referee: Matt Turvey

Attendance: 2356

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