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Your News Bedford Blues 35 - Doncaster Knights 7

It was a disappointed Doncaster team who returned from 2nd place Bedford having lost by four tries to one when, in spite of a good performance at scrums and lineouts, they failed to match the Blues physicality which allowed them to turnover Knights ball and make the hard yards through missed first up tackles.

For the visit to Bedford, Knights Director of Rugby Lynn Howells kept faith with the bulk of the team who had beaten Bristol the previous weekend. The only changes he made were caused by injury with Dom Parsons replacing Glen Kenworthy at lock, out with a neck problem, and Andy Wright coming in on the wing to fill the vacancy caused by Dougie Flockhart having to move to full back to replace Steve McColl who was out with a groin strain.

The Knights played down the infamous Goldiington Road slope but found themselves 10 points down after 8 minutes having been penalised four times in that period. From one of these Blues fly half Miles Dorian kicked a 40 metres penalty and then their scrum half Darryl Veenendaal broke right inside the Knights 22 before feeding winger Handre Schmidt for the games opening try that Dorian converted. The Knights gradually fought their way back into the game and they put Bedford under pressure inside their own 22. After 25 minutes the Knights were awarded a penalty try, converted by fly half Tristan Roberts, when the Blues could not handle the dominant Doncaster scrum. With just 3 minutes to go in the half Dorian kicked his second penalty to give his side a deserved lead at the interval of 13 points to 7. The Knights finished the half pummelling the Blues pack with a series of close in scrums but unfortunately they lost possession at a vital scrum and a chance to go in ahead at half-time was missed.

For the first 20 minutes of the second half the Knights were well in the game limiting Bedford to a single Dorian penalty. With both sides running the ball at every opportunity, the game was very exciting but the Knights made things difficult for themselves by losing possession in key contact situations and allowing the Blues to make ground by either missing first up tackles or not putting the ball carrier to the ground. After 60 minutes Bedford extended their lead with a good team try through replacement scrum half Will Chudley after good interpassing by backs and forwards alike. Dorrians conversion put the Blues more than two scores ahead and the Knights had to start taking risks. With both sides using their substitutes liberally the game really started to break up and it was the more experienced Bedford replacements who had the greater influence on the game and, in the last 5 minutes of the game, Bedford scored two tries through full back Brendan Burke and flanker Greg Gillanders, one of which was converted by Dorian.

After the game Howells said that although he was disappointed with the Knights performance he thought that the final score somewhat flattered the Blues. He said that there would be great emphasis during the coming weeks training to eradicate the Knights mistakes and to build up their physicality in the contact situations ahead of this coming Saturdays fixture at home to Championship leaders Worcester.

Bedford Blues: Burke, Schmidt, Bedford, Vass (Sharp 73), Taylor, Dorian, Veenendaal (Chudley 49), Walsh (Ovens 55), Richmond (Locke 82), Seal (Boulton 55), Rae (Tomes 55), Howard (Tupai 60), Gillanders, Goodman, Harding

Doncaster Knights: Flockhart (Briers 65), Wright, Goss, Gidlow, Williams, Roberts (Lewis-Pratt 49), Hallam (Jones 68), Frazier (Thiede 65), Boden (Lawrie 57), Cusack, Challinor, Parsons, Makaafi (Farivarz 57), Jackson, Cochrane (Walker 65)

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