Bedford School Rugby Club returned from half term to face a tough test against Warwick; a side with many National Cup wins and great strength in depth. 

Bedford looked set to battle one of its great rivals in grotty conditions but, after what seemed like a month’s worth of rain, about 10 minutes before kick-off the clouds suddenly cleared and the games were played in glorious sunshine.  Keeping ball in hand was an unexpected option and, although the balance of wins was in Warwick’s favour, there were a number of thrilling performances and tight games. 

The 1st XV continued to impress with their attacking style of rugby and relentless defence.  They will be delighted with the win away from home and to come away with no further injuries.  An important couple of days of preparation lie ahead as they travel to Sedbergh on Wednesday for the semi-final of the Champions Trophy. 

The 2nd XV lost but the 3rd and 4th XV produced good wins, the 3rd team doing all the damage in the 1st half of the match with some scintillating attacking rugby. 

The U16s all had tight games with only the U16B team ending victorious.  The U16As put in an excellent performance and showed more of what they were capable of against a team that beat them by 50 points last season. 

A notable mention must go to the U15A team, who will have been heartbroken to concede a very late converted score to lose the match 7-12.  The passion and desire they played with really did the school badge proud.  It is vitally important that they take these traits into their cup match on Tuesday as they look to progress to the 5th round.  Unfortunately U15B and D teams also lost but played with an intensity they must look to maintain in the upcoming fixture against Radley.  The U15C team drew their match, applying a great deal of pressure in the second half.  A credit to them that the pitch conditions didn’t stifle their willingness to play an expansive game.

The U14A and B teams were convincingly beaten by very physical and well drilled opposition.  With the U14C match abandoned it was down to the U14D team to spare Bedford’s blushes.  They duly delivered and produced an excellent team performance.  Every player was heavily involved in the game and they were relentless in the contact area.  The back row produced an incredible amount of turnover ball and they must have had about 80% of possession. A fantastic group of boys sure to go from strength to strength.

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