Shep­pard guides his Blues flock to bonus win

The Rugby Paper - - Greene King Ipa Championship - ■ By MATT WRIGHT

DEAN Adam­son con­tin­ued his pro­lific start to the sea­son with an­other two tries as Bed­ford ran out com­fort­able win­ners against bot­tom club Rother­ham at a rainy Gold­ing­ton Road.

The Ti­tans never came close to end­ing their win­less start to the sea­son, as the Blues showed a greater cut­ting edge de­spite hav­ing less pos­ses­sion than their visi­tors.

With what ball they did have, Bed­ford played some typ­i­cally eye-catch­ing rugby in scor­ing five tries, with Adam­son tak­ing his tally to eight in six games.

Bed­ford’s in­stru­men­tal fly-half Harry Shep­pard said: “We do a lot of work on that in the week and come the week­end we’re get­ting points on the board.

“We’re pleased with that: a five-point win with five tries scored to give us a good end to the first block of league games.

“I don’t think we touched the ball in the first ten min­utes, but we knew if we could hold out then we’d get the ball back and the at­tack would take care of it­self.”

Shep­pard kicked the first points for Bed­ford af­ter 12 min­utes and he then set up the open­ing try when his lovely off­load sent Ge­orge Edg­son through and he timed his pass to give Jor­dan Burns an easy fin­ish.

Jor­dan Ono­jaife then did a su­perb job in dis­rupt­ing a driv­ing maul close to the line to pre­vent Rother­ham from open­ing their ac­count.

The Blues, and Burns, had a sec­ond try in the 33rd minute, when he was given a clear route to the line af­ter Jarad Wil­liams had gone through a gap­ing hole.

Bed­ford then pro­duced a su­perb move on the stroke of half-time that saw Shep­pard find Adam­son, who sent Chris Czekaj rac­ing away down the right be­fore re­ceiv­ing his pass back inside.

Rother­ham were fi­nally off the mark when Jake Henry fin­ished in the left-hand cor­ner off Fran­cisco Vieira’s pass, but the hosts quickly hit back when Czekaj set up Adam­son for his sec­ond to seal the bonus point.

Rich Lane added a fifth for Bed­ford with a scorch­ing in­di­vid­ual ef­fort be­fore Char­lie Mad­di­son’s pushover try gave Ti­tans a con­so­la­tion.

Rother­ham head coach Andy Key said: “We had more of the ter­ri­tory, par­tic­u­larly in the first half, and pos­ses­sion and yet we go in 24-0 down.

“Some of that is prob­a­bly down to some first-up tack­les that we missed.”

Ace: Harry Shep­pard

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