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Late rally secures four-try bonus point in defeat to Bedford Blues

Late rally secures four-try bonus point in defeat to Bedford Blues

London Scottish were beaten 22-41 by a clinical Bedford Blues side, as the visitors ran in seven tries at a sun-drenched Athletic Ground.

London Scottish were beaten 22-41 by a clinical Bedford Blues side, as the visitors ran in seven tries at a sun-drenched Athletic Ground.

The Scots managed to secure themselves a four-try bonus point, and were puzzled as to how the game got away from them after having the majority of the possession and almost all of the chances with Bedford relying on turnover ball to ruthlessly register a bonus point win.

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Both sides had to get used to the swirling wind which made kicking a challenge, but it was the Blues that started stronger and got their first try after just six minutes. 

A counter attack saw them on the charge, and Dean Adamson gathered a chip over the top showing impressive pace to dot the ball down in the corner and give his side a 5-0 lead.

That lead was doubled on the 20 minute mark after an overlap on the right wing saw Pat Tapley step his defender and dive over in the corner for the second try of the match.

The Scots then had a whole host of chances to get over the line before half time but each chance went begging. A maul powered towards the line but they were penalised for crossing before Harry Sheppard fizzed a pass to Robbie Fergusson in the next phase, and he offloaded to Peter Lydon who looked to be clear but his pass inside was intercepted. 

Joe Atkinson then thought he had scored after a big carry saw them drive over from close range, but the referee denied him the try after judging that there had been a double movement. 

To add further frustration, Bedford then scored another break-away try to extend their lead just before half time. Turnover ball allowed them a free run in to the Scottish half, and they moved the ball quickly which saw Dean Adamson sprint clear to give Bedford a 15-0 lead at the break. 

Scottish had a golden chance to get back in to the match just after half time but again it passed them by. Jason Harries thundered his way through the defence, and drew in the last defender but his pass to Matt Williams who had a clear run to the line went straight in to touch.

Bedford then got their fourth try 10 minutes in to the second half to secure the bonus point. The ball spat out of the side of a ruck, and scrum-half Jordan Burns was first to react and then race clear to score under the posts. The conversion extended their advantage to 22-0.

The Scots then burst in to life and got their first try of the match courtesy of Joe Atkinson, who was not to be denied on his second try scoring opportunity. The flanker had some space on the wing, and showed great pace and strength to bundle over the defender and score in the corner.

Robbie Fergusson then scored just three minutes later to bring the Scots back in to the match. Alec Coombes and Jason Harries combined to make space in the centre, before the ball was recycled and spun out to Fergusson who stepped his way to the try line, and cut the deficit to 10-22.

Unfortunately for the Scottish fans that was as close as the Scots got, with the Blues then responding to but the game beyond doubt. Dan George drove over from a rolling maul for their fifth try, before Jordan Burns again raced clear from a turnover to put Bedford 34-10 ahead. 

Piers O’Conor then found himself in space and gathered his chip ahead to round off the scoring for the visitors, before the Scots went in search of a four try bonus point. 

Fergusson’s second of the match gave them hope, the centre gathered the ball 30 metres out and went all by himself showing impressive footwork to dodge a number of defenders and dot down for a great individual try and make the score 17-41 with two minutes remaining.

The Scots gathered the re-start, and Ben Rath broke clear on the right wing before drawing in the last defender and passing inside to Craig Holland who coasted to the try-line from 50 metres out and secure the four try bonus point. 

Bedford then closed out the match and ended with a deserved 22-41 win, but Scottish will take a number of positives from a display which could have seen a totally different score-line if the chances had been taken. 

A blank weekend follows to start April allowing the players a chance to rest, before the season finishes with a trip to Ealing Trailfinders and then ends at home to Nottingham.

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Matt Williams (replaced by Ben Rath) 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Alec Coombes (replaced by Alec Coombes) 11 Jason Harries 10 Harry Sheppard 9 Jamie Stevenson 1 Grant Shiells (replaced by Jonny Harris) 2 David Cherry 3 Ewan McQuillin (replaced by Dan Koroi) 4 Rory Bartle (c) (replaced by Charlie Hewitt) 5 Neale Patrick 6 Huw Taylor (replaced by Matt Marley) 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Ifereimi Boladau (replaced by Phil Cringle)

Replacements:
16 Dan Koroi 17 Jonny Harris 18 Phil Cringle 19 Charlie Hewitt 20 Matt Marley 21 Craig Holland 22 Ben Rath 

Scorers:
Tries: Joe Atkinson (56 minutes) Robbie Fergusson (59, 75 minutes) Craig Holland (77 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (75 minutes)

Bedford Blues:
15. Elliot Clement-Hill 14. Pat Tapley (replaced by Matt Gallagher) 13. Piers O’Conor 12. Michael LeBourgeois (c) 11. Dean Adamson 10. Myles Dorrian 9. Jordan Burns 1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo (replaced by James Hallam) 2. Dan George (replaced by Jacob Fields) 3. Ben Cooper (replaced by Christian Judge) 4. Will Carrick-Smith (replaced by Mike Howard) 5. Jordan Onojaife 6. Justin Blanchet 7. Josh Buggea (replaced by Ben Adams) 8. Jason Hill

Replacements:
16. Jacob Fields 17. James Hallam 18. Christian Judge 19. Mike Howard 20. Ben Adams 21. Jake Sharp 22. Matt Gallagher

Scorers: 
Tries: Dean Adamson (6, 38 minutes) Pat Tapley (22 minutes) Jordan Burns (53, 69 minutes) Dan George (65 minutes) Piers O’Conor (71 minutes)
Conversions: Miles Dorrian (53, 65 minutes) Jake Sharp (71 minutes)

Officials: 
Referee: Fergus Kirby 
Assistant Referees: Phil Watters & Greg Garner 
Fourth Official: Steve Lee 

Attendance: 1301

Man of the Match: Robbie Fergusson

Half Time Score: London Scottish 0 – 15 Bedford Blues

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