- Five titles in six years for Blues
- Westcombe Park win Plate
Bedford Blues won the Investabroad Properties National Colts Cup for the fifth time in six seasons with a 31-15 win over Ivybridge in today’s final at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton.
Ivybridge, who had been beaten only once before the final, made Bedford graft for their third successive title and fought back from being 24-3 to reduce the deficit to 24-15.
But a late try from centre Felix Streeton helped Bedford continue their domination of the competition which was introduced in the 1997/98 season as part of the East Midlands RU’s Centenary celebrations.
Ivybridge took the lead with a penalty from Cameron Stter but Bedford pulled level midway through the first half when fly half Harry Key punished the Devon side for going off side.
Wing Anthony Hensman then scored the opening try after a sweeping move and pass from full-back Elliott Clements-Hill with Key adding the conversion to extend Bedford’s lead.
A period of forward pressure produced another try for hooker Alex Bloisi just before half time and they added a third early in the second half when Key kicked a penalty to the corner, flanker Bryan White won the line-out and was driven over by his pack.
Ivybridge hit back with Setter crossing for a try which he also improved followed by another try from Jordan Anderton.
Bedford regained their composure and retained their title when scrum-half and captain Ali Price made the decisive break and off-loaded to Streeton who went over from 25 metres.
Westcombe Park won the National Colts Plate final by beating Old Brodleians 27-13 today at Northampton.
Westcombe Park trailed to an early penalty by the Yorkshire Colts champions but led 5-3 when back-rower Will Grist scored from a well worked lineout move.
A second try followed when a scrum against the head allowed No.8 Tom Dowding to make a strong run to the line, and Westcombe led 10-6 at half time.
Matt Holmes’s penalty and a second try for Dowding converted by Holmes moved Westcombe out to 20-6 and the clinching try for 27-13 was scored with a magnificent counter attacking run by right wing Rory Tanner, converted by Holmes with five minutes remaining.