Colts National Cup Final

Bedford retain Colts Cup

Bedford Blues became the first side to successfully retain the English Clubs Colts Cup with a 33-16 win over Nuneaton in today's final at Franklin's Gardens in Northampton.

It was the perfect way for Bedford Academy coach Denis Ormesher to end his association with the Blues before becoming director of rugby of Luton as they followed up last season's 30-15 win over redruth to complete the double.

Nuneaton took an early lead when fly-half Tom Short kicked an eighth minute penalty but Bedford were soon ahead when Scotland Under-19 centre James Knight crossed for the opening try.

Lock and captain Shane Allen went over for another unconverted try for Bedford though Short kept Nuneaton in touch by landing his second penalty.

But Bedford full-back Luke Radley landed two penalties before half-time and a third after the break to keep the holders on course for victory and the match was effectively decided when number eight Tom Armes linked with Allen and scored himself with Radley adding the extras to open up a 20 points lead.

Nuneaton finished strongly with Short scoring an unconverted try followed by winger Brett Chatwin after a flowing move.

But Bedford were not finished and replacement winger David Kingsbury put the seal on victory by scoring their fourth try deep into injury time with Radley adding the conversion for good measure.


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