SHARP FOCUSING ON FURTHER IMPROVEMENT

Following an extremely well fought and close game against title favourites Bristol at Goldington Road on Boxing Day, Bedford Blues fly-half Jake Sharp was left disappointed post-match, but excited about the turn of the year and continuing a rich vein of form against both Moseley and Doncaster Knights at the start of 2015.

The Blues just missed out on victory last Friday despite a fantastic performance which saw the boys run in four tries to walk away with both a try and losing bonus point, but the overriding emotion was one of frustration having led 17-7 at half-time.

The West Countrymen and Champions elect came out fighting in the second-half to clinch a 28-24 win, but Sharp insists the mixed feeling following the result shows the ambition of the squad, the progress they are making and the determination to continue their improvement into the New Year.

Sharp said: “We knew Bristol would come out firing after the interval and we needed to try and diffuse them in the first ten minutes, unfortunately we didn’t quite manage it, but I don’t think it was for a lack of what we were trying to do. I think they just came out and showed their class, they’ve got quality players with internationals running through their side.

“It was a really good performance from the lads, especially the forwards who continued to win ball all afternoon and dominate the confrontation upfront. As backs we went out again to play good rugby and I think the different types of tries we scored shows we improved in all aspects of our game, teams don’t know where we will score from.

“Scoring four tries against the league leaders was a highlight, as a team we always want to get tries, not just for ourselves but to entertain the crowd, especially a large home crowd. They’re our 16th man and we want as much support as they’ll give us and they did that against Bristol - it was brilliant, hopefully we entertained them a little and they enjoyed the match. We need to take that performance and move forward to next week.”

Speaking ahead of 2015 and two titanic clashes against Moseley away and Doncaster Knights at home on Saturday 10 January, Sharp added:

“We will be working on getting our processes right. We need to get our set piece right again as both opposition teams are strong upfront, and our discipline and accuracy needs to be spot on. We’ve proven we’re a tough side to beat; we lost by 50 points to Pirates, but then won two games on the bounce in the British and Irish Cup before pushing the top of the league side to within four points, so we’re going places and for a young side that’s exciting.”

The Followers will be running two coaches to the Moseley match on Saturday 3 January at Billesley Common, to book your place please contact Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708 at your earliest convenience.

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Friday 23rd August
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