This afternoon at Goldington Road it was the semi final clash in the British and Irish Cup between Bedford Blues (My Team) and Worcester Warriors (Champions Elect)…..The weather was perfect hot and sunny and the pitch looked immaculate. The players warmed up and all was set for a great afternoon of rugby. I didnt think the Blues had a hope but I was hoping we would stay in touch and loose by a couple.

Kick off happened and the Blues applied some early pressure only for the Warriors to get two early breaks and after 4 minutes the Blues found them selves two converted tries down…..I was not happy this was shocking I was on two minds to ask for my money back and go home….This wasn’t what i had paid for….Blues applied more pressure and in the 14th Minute Dan Seal went over for a try and Pritch converted, a flicker of hope but i was still not happy and didn’t think we had a hope in hell of pulling this one off…Then on 17 Minutes the Legend that is TOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPSSSS went between the sticks and again Pritch converted to make the scores level at 14 all.  Then on 23 minutes from a line out Alex Rae goes over but Pritch misses the conversion to make the score 19 14 in the favour of the Blues. Getting a little nervous now and the heart starts to beat faster and faster. A couple of minutes later and a Worcester Penalty narrows the score to 19 17. Then on 30 minutes the try scoring machine known as the legend that is known as Tooooooooppppssssssssss was over again and this time Pritch converts to give the Blues a 26 – 17  lead and thats where the scores stayed until half time…..

The second half got underway with the Blues playing up the slope but within 7 minutes Pritch was over for the 5th Blues try of the afternoon and he promptly converted and this was after early pressure from the Blues and the score was now Blues 33 Warriors 20.  Few minutes later and the Blues had a penalty that Pritch converted then it was the turn of the Warriors to apply pressure and in the far corner they had players over but failed after a forward pass and I feel the Blues got off lightly and that was the turning point in the game as the Warriors didn’t really seam to try 100 percent after that moment…On 60 minutes Handre Schmitz played Edd Thrower in who promptly placed the ball under the sticks and Pritch converted and now the score was Blues 43 Warriors 20.

Then in the 75 minute there was a late try and conversion for the warriors to bring the scores to 43 – 27 and thats how it stayed as the Blues ran the clock down to finish clear winners. This was a great afternoon and who could have expected this result after the first 4 minutes and I am so pleased that we have now reached the Final of the Bristish and Irish Cup and will face Bristol at Bristol on the Weekend of the 7th May 2011……I would just lake to say that I will nominate the legend that is Toooooooppppss as my man of the match and he can be seen below wearing the no8 shirt and i feel it is also worth mentioning the referee who had a fantastic game thank you Sir………I might add that i felt my heart stood up well to the pressure today and I am pleased about that but not sure what the cardiac team would say if they knew……..