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Cambridge produce second-half rally in friendly defeat to Bedford Blues

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Matt Hema in action for Cambridge against Bedford Blues. Picture: Chris Fell (15748733)
Matt Hema in action for Cambridge against Bedford Blues. Picture: Chris Fell (15748733)

Cambridge gave a good account of themselves in a 50-24 friendly defeat to Bedford Blues.

The hosts had surged into a 28-0 lead, but Cambridge got on the scoreboard before half time.

A series of pick-and-go attacks led to prop Ramaz Rukhadze touching down from close range, and Ben Penfold slotted the conversion.

Cambridge started the second half with renewed vigour, and some good interplay led to Joe Tarrant touching down.

A loose pass was gathered by Matt Hema to race clear to reduce the arrears to 28-17.

After a raft of changes, Bedford got another converted try, however, Cambridge responded through Andy Henderson after good work from Oli Petrides.

Bedford got three more tries in the last 10 minutes, two of which were from former Cambridge winger Pat Tapley, to round off their 50-24 win.

Blues forward Ed Taylor told the Bedford website: “That was a very enjoyable game and obviously it’s nice to be back playing at home. Last year we played away at Plymouth and got a loss, so we’re pleased to get a 50-24 win and the lads put in a good shift.

“Cambridge are a good team who have recruited well over the summer, have a very good scrum and a really strong defence. We were made to work hard down the slope in the first half and the boys were given a good test."

Cambridge’s final warm-up for the new season is a home double header this Saturday (August 31).

They will face Peterborough at 1pm, followed by Coventry at 3pm.

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