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Bedford Blues – this Saturday, 3pm. Tickets now available

Bedford Blues – this Saturday, 3pm. Tickets now available

Tickets are now available for Saturday's game against Bedford Blues.

Tickets are now available for Saturday’s game against Bedford Blues.

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The Bedford game will have a Rugby World Cup theme to celebrate the final being played the following day. Face-painters, a BBQ featuring food from the competing nations, the opportunity to try and throw a pass like Piri Weepu or Morgan Parra in the Deutsche Bank Speed Passing cage and some brilliant half-time competitions.

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London Scottish 15 – 41 Bedford Blues

London Scottish 15 – 41 Bedford Blues

Two tries from London Scottish's new Argentinean debutants were the highlights for the home side as they went down 15 - 41 to a strong Blues outfit, which fully exploited the unforced errors made by the Scottish side. Scottish clawed their way back into the game with 15 minutes to go, but the strength and power of Bedford side told in the end in a score line which did not reflect the overall play.

Two tries from London Scottish’s new Argentinean debutants were the highlights for the home side as they went down 15 – 41 to a strong Blues outfit, which fully exploited the unforced errors made by the Scottish side. Scottish clawed their way back into the game with 15 minutes to go, but the strength and power of Bedford side told in the end in a score line which did not reflect the overall play.

On a beautiful sunny autumn’s day London Scottish kicked off towards the sports club end of the ground.  Scottish gave debuts to their recently signed Argentine Internationalists; scrum half Alfredo Lallane and winger Agustin Gosio fresh from their exploits in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.  Scottish were forced to make a couple of late changes to their starting XV, with fly half James Brown replacing Dan Mugford and 2nd row Ben Thomas replacing Josh Brown in the pack.


The opening phases of the game were played in the Scottish half as the Bedford side began to take control of the match, although the Scottish defence held out throughout the first 10 minutes of the game as the Bedford side pressed for the opening score of the game.  Bedford opened the scoring on the 11th minute after Scottish were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck.  Full back James Pritchard took the kick immediately in front of the posts.  Shortly later fly half Jake Sharp made a half break into the home side’s half and Bedford were awarded a penalty as a Scottish player was pinged for holding back a Blues player.  The away side opted to kick to the corner, but failed to find touch allowing Scottish to clear their lines.

On the 13th minute of the game Sharpe attempted a drop goal, which saw his effort drift wide of the right hand post.  The Bedford side were now dominating the play, stretching the Scottish defence across the pitch.  Scottish replied and came close to creating a scoring opportunity as their attack pressed the Blues back line and full back Ollie Grove nearly intercepted a wayward pass, but knocked on in the process.  On the 18th minute the Scottish backs produced a fast flowing move, changing the point of attack.  Hooker Tom Standfield joined the attack and was judged to have made a forward pass to winger Gosio by referee Stephen Lee, otherwise the blistering fast pace of Gosio would have been clean through on the Bedford try line.  Bedford scored their first try on the 21st minute when their backs capitalised on a missed tackle by the Scottish back line, allowing Sharpe to offload to Pritchard who had came into the line, scoring out wide.  Pritchard converted a difficult attempt to put the away side 0 -10 ahead.

The referee then penalised Ollie Grove as he made ground just inside the Bedford half for not releasing the ball in the tackle, yet moments earlier in similar circumstances the referee allowed the Bedford winger David Vincent to continue playing when he had also been tackled.  Bedford opted to kick for the corner and at the line out, caught the ball driving over the Scottish try line with flanker Sacha Harding emerging with the ball.  Pritchard missed the conversion attempt leaving the Blues 0 – 15 in the lead.  Things were now beginning to look ominous for the Scottish side as Bedford were taking the match by the scuff of the neck, but the Scottish rallied and came more and more into the game.  On the half hour mark Scottish opened their account when scrum half Lallane capitalised on a Bedford error at a line out in their 22 metre area.  Lallane darted through a gap in the line out to score an excellent try, leaving the Bedford defenders trailing behind him.  Brown missed the conversion attempt.  The Scottish side were clearly buoyed by the score and began to take the game to the Bedford defence more and more.  On the 37th minute full back Grove then made great break into the oppositions half, which pushed the play deep into the Bedford 22 metre area.  The Bedford side were now starting to feel the pressure and gave away a penalty at a subsequent ruck, as the covering defence tried to slow down the play.  Brown reduced the arrears further, leaving the half time score 8 – 15.

The second half opened in a similar vein to the first with Bedford dominating the opening phases of play, however the Scottish defence held firm.  On the 48th minute Scottish were penalised for being offside at a ruck and again Bedford opted to kick to the corner.  The Blues pack caught the ball and following a seriesof rolling mauls, they drove over the Scottish line with hooker Neil Cochrane scoring out wide.  Pritchard missed the conversion attempt.  Not deterred, Scottish again raised their game and on the hour mark the backs produced another series of great plays taking the ball into the Bedford half.  Number 8 Willie Lipp took a quick play of the ball, breaking through a number of weak tackles.  The ball was then switched through the backs with winger Gosio cutting inside and shrugging off a series of tackles to race away to score to the right of the posts.  Brown converted to put Scottish back in the match at 15 – 20.

Scottish sensing that they had the Bedford side on the back foot, began to press for another try and were camped deep in the Blues 22 metre area.  The ball was recycled a number of times through the forwards as the Scottish side looked for an opening in the Bedford defence.  Eventually a wayward pass by Brown behind the Scottish backs allowed the Bedford backs to hack the ball down field, which was picked up, and as the Scottish covering defence raced back Bedford were able to pass the ball through hands with flanker Harding eventually off loading to winger Josh Bassett to score beneath the posts.  Pritchard added the extras to put Bedford 15 – 27 up.  Two further tries by Bedford in the last 10 minutes again through Harding and replacement back Tom Bedford left a score line which did not reflect the overall play.

Scottish can take heart from their overall play and one can look to their unforced error when they had Bedford under the cosh in their 22 metre area, as ultimately causing their downfall.  The two new Argentine debutants showed their true class in this game and having only recently joined the club, all Scottish supporters can look forward to even better performances in the future as they become integrated into the team in the coming weeks.  Scottish now moves on to another tough away fixture at Nottingham next Sunday and look out for the match preview later in the week.

Aaron Liffchak was awarded the FirstCape Man of the Match award, presented by Tom Woods of Welbeck Wealth Management.

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