Bedford Blues 14 – 39 Cardiff Blues
Tries: Jordan Onojaife, Joe Wrafter
Conversions: Sam Leeming (2)
Tries: Jason Harries (2), Ioan Davies, Lewis Jones, Kirby Myhill, Will Boyde, Alun Lawrence
Conversions: Jason Tovey (2)
There were positives to be taken from a gallant second half performance by Bedford Blues but they ultimately succumbed to Cardiff Blues by 39 – 14 on a warm Saturday afternoon at Goldington Road.
Over 1,400 were in attendance for a match billed as the ‘Battle of the Blues’, but from the kick off only one side seemed to be at the races as Cardiff stormed into a 19-0 lead inside 15 minutes.
The first of many intercepted line outs from Cardiff saw the Welsh side score the first of their seven tries as winger Jason Harries swept over the line after a swift Cardiff counter attack.
Just a few minutes later, a wayward pass was intercepted leaving a free run under the posts for Cardiff’s scrum-half, Lewis Jones to make the score 12-0 after mere minutes.
A third try from hooker Kirby Myhill made the score 19-0 and from there, it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for Bedford, especially when a series of penalties for Cardiff resulted in a sin binning for captain Sean McCarthy after just twenty minutes of the game gone.
It could have been a far worse opening forty minutes for the home side if Harries hadn’t fluffed his lines collecting a grubber kick in the corner but his mistake wasn’t too costly as Cardiff stormed over for their fourth try not long after, scored by replacement Alun Lawrence.
A fifth try was to follow before the interval as Will Boyde touched down after another strong Cardiff maul, leaving the visitors 29-0 ahead at the break.
After some strong words in the half-time interval, Bedford were far more composed in the second half despite some smart play from Cardiff to deliver their sixth try of the afternoon; Jason Harries touching down in the corner from a quick penalty.
At 34-0 to the visitors, Bedford then woke up with impressive runs from replacement James Lennon and some pressure put on the Cardiff pack as Bedford gained three penalties in succession.
From here, the Blues’ debutants took over, with a maul resulting in Jordan Onojaife gaining his first try for Bedford.
A second try soon followed after a quickly taken penalty from another debutant in Grayson Hart gave Bedford momentum going forward with Joe Wrafter sliding home to reduce the deficit to 20 points.
Despite Cardiff’s seventh and final try towards the end, Bedford’s second half performance provided a lot of positives, especially from the new players at Goldington Road in Wrafter and Hart, along with Charlie Reed who provided some good moments late on.
Bedford’s first competitive match is next Saturday, where they face Ealing Trailfinders in the Championship Cup at Goldington Road.