Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues 78 v 10 Cardiff
17 August 2012 - Goldington Road, Bedford

Match Report

Bedford 78 Cardiff 10

Cardiff travelled to Goldington Road in the return fixture of last season’s pre-season  friendly. The Blue & Blacks though were forced to defend in the early stages and eventually the defence was breached when James Stephenson scored from what looked like a forward pass in the forth minute.


The Bedford Blues looked like they were up for a Barbarian style game when they began to run the ball from anywhere but missed pass saw Cardiff take a respite from the sustained attacking, Richard Smith making inroads before Will Thomas was brought down in the twenty-two.


Cardiff got more into the game and their reward was a penalty that Joe Griffin converted to cut the lead. Bedford though had a chance form a short line out to extend that lead again. Only resolute defence kept them from adding to the score board.


Cardiff took the lead for the first time when Adam Williams’ strength ripped the ball clear in a tackle on half way and fed the ball to Richard Smith, the Wales 7s squad member making easy work of the finish, Griffin converting.


Bedford retook the lead when Sacha Harding scored from a short penalty, Brendan Burke again converting.  Smith though nearly crafted a score for the Blue & Blacks with a delicate chip that Adam Thomas nearly gathered. He was again involved in Cardiff’s next attack when a gap opened, the final pass though didn’t go to hand as the line beckoned


The referees whistle though was having an influence, Cardiff being on the wrong end of most of the decisions. That though didn’t alter the half time score, the Blue & Blacks going in just behind at 14-10.


Bedford though upped the pace at the start of the second half, Ben Cooper crashing over from short range after a flowing move, Burke again adding the extras. They were next to score too, from a five metre scrum Cardiff went backwards and Joe Vandermolen touched down, Burke though missed the extras.


The home side then made mass changes that resulted in another Blue try again converted.. Don Barrel then added to the ever growing lead with a try in the corner.


That was as good as it got for the Blue & Blacks., Bedford ran riot in the last quarter and only stout defence kept the score respectable Jake Sharpe, James Pritchard, Neil Cochraine, Gregor Gillandres, Ben Ransom and a penalty try taking them over the seventy point mark