Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues

Sunday, 7 October, 2018 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Won 21-28

Bedford Blues broke their Headingley hoodoo as they put in a huge defensive effort and scored three good forwards tries to win 21-28 against Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday afternoon.

Jarad Williams, Ben Cooper and Jacob Fields all went over the whitewash for the Blues while Jacob Atkins added 11 points from the boot and Will Hooley converted once to seal a win against a very tough Carnegie side who pushed Bedford all the way.

Bedford enjoyed early possession and following a couple of clearance kicks from the hosts, the Blues moved forwards thanks to some ill-discipline before Jacob Atkins slotted three points when Carnegie infringed once again.

Carnegie went on the attack straight away with Bedford coughing up numerous penalties and the hosts going to the corner each time before Josh Bainbridge went over from close range to put the Yorkshire ahead before Chris Elder fired a great conversion over from the wing.

Bedford nearly went further behind moments later as Carnegie made a superb break through Dan Temm, but with a three on one, they managed to botch the move as Elder’s foot went to touch. Carnegie maintained the pressure but an interception for Harry Davies relieved the pressure momentarily before the hosts turned the ball over and pressed once more before strong Bedford defence saw the ball knocked on.

The Blues started to regroup with a little helping hand from Carnegie who coughed up free kicks and penalties but with a penalty in touch just inside the Yorkshire 22, the hosts disrupted the maul and earned a scrum to relieve the pressure with a penalty following allowing them to clear their lines.

Both teams defences were cancelling one another out before a game of kick tennis followed which resulted in the Blues chipping over the top with the ball finding an excellent touch in Carnegie’s 22 but the home side secured the ball safely before clearing.

The resulting lineout saw the Blues gather and set up attacks with Charlie Clare, Huw Worthington and Jarad Williams all going strong before another penalty went our way. Atkins went to touch five metres out, the lineout was secured and driven forward with Williams dotting down before Atkins added the extras.

Carnegie responded in positive fashion with a patient build up before Forsyth looked to break, but the Blues defended well then sent the ball to touch from the resulting scrum despite the ref appearing to be playing a Blues advantage. It mattered not though as Mark Flanagan pinched the lineout ball then Bedford won a penalty but the resulting shot at the uprights wasn’t on target this time.

Bedford went through numerous phases when the ball came back to them before the hosts turned the ball over and kicked ahead. Atkins returned the ball with interest and Oli Fox took his eye off it for a second and knocked on. The Blues scrum was strong and the advantage was played as Dean Adamson went for a chip and chase that didn’t come off so it was back for Atkins to have another pop at the posts and he slotted the kick to make it 7-13 at the break

Carnegie got the second half off to a good start when an unforced error gave the hosts an attacking lineout which resulted in a penalty which sailed to touch five metres out. The driving maul couldn’t quite click into gear but the pick and go game did only to be held up by the scrambling Blues defence with Sean McCarthy denying Yorkshire. With two new props on the pitch, Carnegie were confident but the Blues scrum did what it had done so well throughout the game, and won the scrum against the head before Lee Dickson kicked clear.

Carnegie continued to press to look for a breakthrough, but the Blues defence was solid before Dickson made a super tackle and wrapped the man up to win the penalty which was sent to touch in Yorkshire’s half. Ed Taylor collected the ball and Bedford looked to break through the line before winning another penalty as hands went into the ruck and Atkins dispatched the kick to make it 7-16.

The hosts continued to look for a way back into it with Dan Moor and Oli Fox linking up well, but Lewis Robling made a great defensive tackle before winning a penalty which sailed into touch to relieve the pressure. Back came Carnegie though with Forsyth breaking through the gain line and offloading to George Watkins who finished with Elder adding the extras to make it a two point game.

Carnegie had the wind in their sails and were impressing at the breakdown before a kick went over the top to Rich Lane who looked to attack before being taken high. Another penalty followed and the Blues went to touch midway in the Carnegie 22 looking to drive on. The ball came out to the backs who were held to win the hosts the scrum and then a penalty which relieved the pressure. Bedford then gave up more field position when hands went in the ruck giving the ref no choice but to blow his whistle again.

Bedford pinched the lineout though and the ball was quickly sent out to the backs with Adamson hurtling forward only to be cut down close to the Carnegie try line. In came the forwards looking to inch their way over the line but the ball got trapped in the ruck and the hosts got the scrum then a free kick with the ball going to touch.

The Blues pressed on and a penalty followed so Bedford opted to go to the corner and Flanagan took in the ball. The forwards drove forward and the try soon followed with Ben Cooper coming up with the ball which Will Hooley then slotted over the uprights to make it 14-23.

Bedford started to look more comfortable and a yellow card for Carnegie’s Will Britton with five minutes remaining certainly helped the cause. The penalty went to touch and the pack rumbled on once more to score the try with Jacob Fields claiming the unconverted score.

There was a frenetic finale to the game with Carnegie looking to try and claim a losing bonus point as they burst into the Blues 22 and Temm showed superb feet to come through and score deep in stoppage with Elder converting to make it 21-28.

The final throw of the dice went Carnegie’s way following a long restart and the hosts started to weave their way forward. Bedford turned the ball over but failed to get the ball to touch and Carnegie attacked once more before a knock on brought proceedings to an end.

Teams. Yorkshire Carnegie: Louis Brown, Dan Moor, George Watkins, Tom Bullough, Chris Elder, Andy Forsyth, Oli Fox (JB Bruzulier 60); Rowan Jenkins (James Thraves 41), Dylan Donnellan (Charlie Gibbings 77), Andrew Foster (Jake Ilnicki 41), Mike Myerscough (Will Britton 60), Matt Smith, Trystan Lloyd, Josh Bainbridge, Dan Temm (c) (Elliott Ward 61-74 HIA)

Replacements not used: Harry Davey.

Scorers. Tries: Bainbridge, Forsyth. Con: Elder (2)

Bedford Blues: Rich Lane, Harry Davies, Lewis Robling, Fraser Strachan, Dean Adamson, Jacob Atkins (Will Hooley 66), Lee Dickson (c) (James Lennon 74); Sean McCarthy (Gerard Ellis 56), Charlie Clare (Jacob Fields 56), Alex Penny (Ben Cooper 63), Will Carrick-Smith (Ed Taylor 48), Mark Flanagan, Oli Curry, Jack Nay (Huw Worthington 16), Jarad Williams
Scorers. Try: Williams, Cooper, Fields. Con: Atkins, Hooley. Pen: Atkins (3).

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Saturday 21st September
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road



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