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London Scottish 26 – 44 Bedford Blues

London Scottish 26 – 44 Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues & London Scottish got their Championship campaigns off to a positive start on the opening weekend of the season, and both were hoping to build upon those performances.

Bedford Blues & London Scottish got their Championship campaigns off to a positive start on the opening weekend of the season, and both were hoping to build upon those performances.

While London Scottish comfortably saw off Yorkshire Carnegie with a strong second half-display; Bedford Blues took the game to Richmond in the first half of their game and blew them away with 5 tries in the opening 40 minutes.

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On a very wet, & chilly afternoon in front of a large home crowd Bedford, the game got off to a slow start with both teams struggling to string together phases of play in the difficult conditions.

As the weather started to clear and the sun came out, Bedford were quickest to take advantage and after 23 minutes they worked the ball cleverly from their own lineout into the hands of their captain Michel Le Bourgeois who powered through the Scottish defence for the opening try of the game.

The rest of the half was all Bedford; repeatedly moving the ball well through the hands, they found Packman on the wing for the second try, and again to former Northampton scrum half Lee Dickson for the third.

The fourth try was pure skill & athleticism; Scottish lost their own lineout deep inside the Blues half; the Blues found Lane who showed a burst of speed to sprint to the try line 60m away.

Scottish were not out of this yet; after 40 minute mark had passed, the Blues again found themselves inside the Scottish 22, but Nick Scott intercepted a pass intended for the winger and ran the ball in for the first Scottish try of the game. A Jake Sharp conversion ensured that Scottish had some points to show for their efforts at the half time break. London Scottish 7 – 26 Bedford Blues.

Both teams came out with intent in the second half; the Blues looked to increase their lead from the whistle but a sterling defensive effort from the Scots held them up. However the pressure the Blues put Scottish under eventually told, and 5 minutes into the second half Packman went over the line to score.

After 52 minutes, Scottish got the break they wanted and used their catch & drive from a 5m lineout to drive the Blues defence back and increase their own score through Hooker Dan George. The maul was so effective they used it again after 63 minutes to allow Phil Cringle to increase their score further to 21 – 34.

The Blues wanted to push-on and make a statement, and worked the ball through the phases, putting together some stunning passages of passing. The pressure eventually told again when the ball was worked wide to Jack Nay who dived between the posts to make the score 21 – 41. In the final minutes the Scottish defence was under further pressure, and when it gave away another penalty the Blues extended their lead to 21 – 44.

Scottish were still keen to play, and in the final moments the ball was passed wide to Scottish captain Kenny who found himself in space on the wing, dived into the corner; securing a Scottish bonus point. Full Time 26 – 44.

A group of travelling London Scottish fans selected Joe Atkinson as their Away Man of the Match.

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