St Ives well beaten by Queens

Bedford Queens 55 St Ives 5 St Ives continued their 2007/2008 season with a heavy defeat to league rivals Bedford Queens. Winning the toss and electing to receive the kick off, St Ives soon found themselves in front. A clever chip over the Bedford defensi

Bedford Queens 55 St Ives 5

St Ives continued their 2007/2008 season with a heavy defeat to league rivals Bedford Queens.

Winning the toss and electing to receive the kick off, St Ives soon found themselves in front. A clever chip over the Bedford defensive line saw scrum-half Dan Stewart streak through to collect the ball and sprint over to open the scoring in under five minutes.

Despite an unsuccessful conversion attempt Saints looked in control.


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It wasn't long before Bedford came to the party and after sustained attacks they eventually ground the Saints defence down and burrowed their way over the line to score.

Just before the break, Saints let another try through their defence to give Bedford a 12-5 lead.

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The break did the visitors no good at all as the Que`ens overran the Saints defences. Although there was some scrappy passages of play the flood gates opened, and Bedford capitalised on Saints infringements, seemingly unstoppable, running in a series of tries to take the game 55-5.

After the match, a less than happy Saints captain Pete Hammond said: "I can't believe what happened today. In the first half, which was admittedly scrappy by both sides, we hung in and let two tries in - but we made them work for them. But after the break, I have no idea what happened. It was as if we no longer fancied playing as a team. We weren't a team, we were 15 individuals all ball chasing.

"And our tackling was appalling, I have never seen so many people fall off tackles. Next week's match is now crucial, a home match against league newcomers Rushden & Higham. We need to win this one to turn our season around."

St Ives U17s smashed their way to a 69-3 win at Thorney.

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