The sunshine brought some scintillating rugby on Saturday. Many teams were looking to keep their unbeaten start in tact whilst others were trying to turn around the disappointment of last week. Saturday also saw the start of the U14 campaign.
The 1st XV stumbled to victory this week. A number of handling errors and some strong tackling from the opposition meant they didn't manage to capitalise on the chances they created. After turning over the ball, they spent a lot of time under the cosh from strong Stamford runners. However, their defences stayed firm and they will be pleased to have maintained a clean sheet.
The other senior teams produced some good performances, particularly in the second half, no more so than the 3rd XV who stepped up their game in the 2nd half after a disjointed and frustrating 1st. John Holroyd controlled the game well and Alex Shepherd stole the show with a kick chase and fantastic offload to seal the game. The 5th XV played a Merchant Taylors team short in numbers. But in true Bedford spirit, Jasper Tsao, Tom Smith, Matthew Szeto, Alex Achba and Harry Marks made up the numbers to allow for a competitive match. In fact, a special mention should go to Harry Marks as he played for the opposition the entire match and worked exceptionally hard.
The U16A team put in an excellent second half performance to come away with a comfortable win. Good decision making and accuracy of execution from Victor Hardwicke and Alfie Orchard put pressure on the opposition, while standout defensive displays from Tom Batten and Barnie Ollerhead helped thwart any Stamford attack. The U16B team followed suit with a classic first try coming from about 10 phases using the full width of the pitch. The U16 C and D teams lost their matches but the C team can take heart from a gritty performance, fighting to the final whistle. After a tight first half, the D team let their heads drop after conceding an early second half score, something they will need to address before their next fixture.
The U15 teams had a clean sweep of victories. An improved second half performance from the D team sealed the win and the C team continued their impressive start of their campaign with another convincing performance. The U15As kept their first clean sheet since starting in the Upper School and should be immensely proud. This was a hard fought and thoroughly deserved victory. Eric Ebimami was impressive on debut and James Zhang brought attacking and defensive impetus.
The U14s started their campaign with a mixture of fixtures. The U14C team showed promise with their first performance earlier on in the week against Pitsford. The U14A put in a fantastic team performance led from the front by Gus Miller to beat NSB. The U14B team lost out to a very physical Samuel Whitbread team. The U14D team put in an excellent performance and showed real determination to come back from 19-10 down at half time to win the game comfortably. Ewan Gordon scored a barnstorming hat trick from No. 8 and there were significant contributions from prop Elliot Sell who dominated the contact area and the scrum and from half backs Matt Cole and Alex King who controlled game with real maturity.
|Boys U14C||Away||Pitsford School||Won: 26-7|
|Boys U14D||Home||Rushmoor School||Lost: 10-17|
|1st XV||Home||Stamford||Won: 31-0|
|2nd XV||Home||Stamford||Won: 44-5|
|3rd XV||Home||Stamford||Won: 34-16|
|Boys U18E||Home||Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood||Won: 48-10|
|Boys U16A||Away||Stamford||Won: 40-5|
|Boys U16B||Away||Stamford||Won: 50-0|
|Boys U16C||Away||Stamford||Lost: 15-20|
|Boys U16D||Home||Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood||Lost: 0-49|
|Boys U16B||Away||Stamford||Won: 14-7|
|Boys U16C||Away||Stamford||Won: 44-5|
|Boys U16D||Home||Merchant Taylor's School, Northwood||Won: 40-31|
|Boys U14A||Away||Norhtampton School for Boys||Won: 38-5|
|Boys U14B||Home||Samuel Whitbread Academy||tbc|
|Boys U15D||Home||Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood||Won: 41-19|
|Boys U14E||Home||Merchant Taylor's School, Northwood||Lost: 17-53|