Coventry v Bedford Blues

Saturday, 15 September, 2018 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Lost 34-27

Bedford Blues were brought to ground with a bump on Saturday afternoon as they went down 34-27 to newly promoted Coventry in the Greene King IPA Championship.

A first half blitz from the hosts put them in an excellent position and despite a strong fightback from the Blues, they just couldn't make up the lost ground. 

Things didn't get off to the greatest start for the Blues when they couldn't take advantage of a lineout deep in the Coventry 22 following a good kick to touch from Rich Lane.

Cov made the Blues pay when Jake Sharp slotted a seventh minute penalty, but Bedford fired back with a well worked try when Jamie Elliott made a powerful break through the home side defence with Ed Coulson adding the extras.

But the hosts didn't let their heads drop and three tries in eight minutes helped them to take full control of the opening 40 minutes. 

A mix up in the Blues defence allowed Andy Bulumakau to glide in under the posts in the 19th minute before Tom Kessell rounded off a fine move five minutes later. In the 27th minute, a pick up from the ruck by Jack Lam on half way led to a fine break with former Blues Tony Fenner dotting down and Sharp converted, just like the previous two, to make it 24-7.

Things were getting no better for the Blues when Kessell added his second, and secured the hosts bonus point, on the 34 minute mark but Sharp's conversion went missing.

But Bedford ended the half in better fashion when a pinpoint cross field kick from Coulson finding Ryan Hutler in space and the youngster crossed the whitewash to score and Coulson slotted the extras before adding a penalty on the stroke of halftime to make it 29-17 at the break.

With an uphill challenge facing them in the second half, Bedford knew that they needed to start in strong fashion but they failed to do so as the hosts crossed for their fifth try as flanker Adam Peters crossed in the corner for the unconverted score.

Trailing by 17, the Blues sparked into life with a huge amount of pressure on the Coventry try line which resulted in a penalty. A scrum was set again before the ball floated out to Hutler who crossed for his second of the game to make it 34-22.

The tide seemed to be turning and Bedford got a bonus point of their own with 13 minutes remaining on the clock when another superb cross field kick found debutant Harry Davies who scored in the corner to reduce the deficit to just seven points.

With time ticking away, Coventry's James Voss was sent to the sin bin following some huge pressure in the home sides 22, but Coventry held out to pick up the victory and inflict the first defeat of the season on the Blues.

Teams. Coventry: Tony Fenner, Rob Knox, Andy Bulumakau, Sam Tuitupou, Junior Bulumakau, Jake Sharp, Tom Kessell; James Gibbons, Scott Tolmie, Phil Boulton, Tom Jubb, James Voss, Adam Peters, Jack Ram, Ben Nutley. Replacements: Phil Nilsen, Charlie Beech, Luc Jeannot, Cameron Gray,
Ben Adams, Pete White, Will Maisey.
Scorers: T. Kessell (2), A Bulumakau, Fenner, Peters. C. Sharp (3). P. Sharp.

Bedford: Rich Lane, Ryan Hutler, Jamie Elliott, Fraser Strachan, Dean Adamson, Ed Coulson, Lee Dickson; Sean McCarthy, Charlie Clare, Alex Penny, Will Carrick-Smith, Oli Curry, Alex Rae, Huw Worthington, Jarad Williams. Replacements: Jacob Fields, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, Ben Cooper, Ed Taylor, Justin Blanchet, James Lennon, Harry Davies
Scorers: T. Elliott, Hutler (2), Davies. C. Coulson (2). P. Coulson

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