Match Report v Newcastle Falcons
Posted: 14th March 2020
Bedford Blues suffered defeat at Kingston Park as Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons continued their imperious form in league and cup by securing their 22nd successive victory in a 41-0 success.
It was a case of very few chances and missed opportunities for the Blues who were insistent on going for the try line instead of the posts when trying to mount a comeback in the game, but Newcastle’s victory was built on a platform of solid defence and they made the scoreline flattering towards the end with a flurry of tries.
Despite the recent announcements regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, a near 4,000 crowd were in attendance at Kingston Park to witness the contest and Blues started on the front foot, Sam Leeming and Connor Tupai linking up well in the half-back partnership and a couple of chip and chases almost came off between the pair.
Newcastle weathered the storm and began their counter offensive with some impressive carries; Blues did keep them out for numerous phases with some big hits, Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, Oli Curry and Dan Temm holding back the pressure.
The try line was eventually breached for the first time on 11 minutes when Logovi’i Molipola went over from close range after finally making the pressure count. Brett Connon pulled the conversion wide.
Rich Lane and Curry made another two huge hits on the league’s leading try scorer Adam Radwan when he tried to sprint clear on the right flank as Blues tried to stem the tide; Newcastle were bossing possession and crossed again just before the half hour when scrum half Michael Youngs went quickly and broke clear.
The destiny of the game ultimately swung in the final five minutes of the first half. Blues were camped on the Falcons line for numerous phases, the front row of Sean McCarthy, Robbie Smith and Alex Penny all thought they’d done enough to break through but the whistle wasn’t forthcoming and Newcastle eventually turned it over.
To make matters worse, Falcons went and turned defence into attack in a swift move to give themselves a 17-0 victory at HT. The driving maul was the trademark of their offensive performance and when Blues were deemed to have illegally brought it down, a penalty try was awarded.
Blues never gave up in the second half; Temm, Ryan Hutler and Huw Worthington all made bursts through before being brought down, but they’d given themselves too much to do as Falcons took the game away from the visitors.
Falcons hooker George McGuigan got his reward for steering the driving maul to good effect with two tries, plus there were further scores for Nemani Negusa and Tim Swiel as the home side continued their perfect record in 2019/20.
Attentions turn quickly to Nottingham at Goldington Road next weekend. Still five wins out of eight in 2020. Seven fixtures remain.
*Match photography provided by Chris Lishman*
15. Rich Lane, 14. Ryan Hutler (63'), 13. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, 12. Lewis Robling (59'), 11. Matt Worley, 10. Sam Leeming (51'), 9. Connor Tupai; 1. Sean McCarthy (C) (51'), 2. Robbie Smith (51'), 3. Alex Penny (51'), 4. Jordan Onojaife (63'), 5. Oli Curry, 6. Dan Temm, 7. Joe Akinson, 8. Alafoti Fa'osiliva (55')
16. Jacob Fields (51'), 17. Joe Wrafter (51'), 18. Henry Paul (51'), 19. Will Carrick Smith (63'), 20. Huw Worthington (55'), 21. Grayson Hart (63'), 22. Will Maisey (51'), 23. Fraser Strachan (59')
15. Tom Arscott, 14. Adam Radwan (63'), 13. Johnny Williams, 12. Toby Flood, 11. Ben Stevenson, 10. Brett Connon (55'), 9. Michael Youngs (64'); 1. Trevor Davison (64'), 2. George McGuigan (64'), 3. Logovi'i Mulipola (55'), 4. Greg Peterson, 5. Will Montgomery (63'), 6. Callum Chick, 7. Will Weich (40'), 8. Philip van der Walt
16. Charlie Maddison (64'), 17. Adam Brocklebank (64'), 18. Mike Daniels (55'), 19. Toby Salmon (63'), 20. Nemani Negusa (40'), 21. Joel Hodgson (64'), 22. Gareth Owen (55'), 23. Tim Swiel (63')