Bedford’s two tries early in the second half secured their win at the Arms Park last night.
The visitors had taken the lead as early as the second minute. Cardiff failed to secure the kick-off and the ball squirted into touch near the home side’s line. From the lineout the Blues forwards drove the ball straight at the try-line, Jon Fisher was the man credited with the score, Jake Sharp converted.
The Blue & Blacks were living of scraps in the early minutes but defensively they were solid as the Bedford attacks came in waves. And it was the defence that lead to Cardiff’s first score. The back row disrupted the Blues ball which went loose on the floor. Alex Cuthbert hacked the ball on and outpaced the cover to collect the bouncing ball and score. Joe Griffin added the extras.
From there Cardiff gained the upper hand and for the rest of the second half the pace of their attacks caused Bedford all kinds of problems. The forwards were giving the back plenty of ball to play with and all the visitors could do was to infringe and give away penalties. Griffin landed two of them before the half time whistle blew with the Blue & Blacks 13-7 ahead.
At half time Mike Rayer must have worked his Arms Park magic as the Blues came out and scored two tires in quick succession. Jamie Lennard had brought them closer with an early penalty before Mark Kohler was put clear to score in the corner. Two minutes later and Brendan Burke burst up the middle to score under the posts. Both tries converted by Lennard.
Cardiff were now well and truly on the back foot, and without a strong defence the Bedford could have run riot. As it was they scored twice more, once by replacement David Vincent, the other through a penalty try.
The Blue & Blacks were left to reflect on a defeat, but comfort should be taken from the fact that they probably won’t play a better side all season. The intent to try to play was there from last week at supporters will look forward to seeing that intent next week at Church Bank, Llandovery.
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