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Ospreys get the Blues after second period blitz.

bedford blues.........43 ospreys.......................19 OSPREYS Premiership Select fell to their second straight defeat in the British & Irish Cup as they were swept aside in the second half by a strong Bedford Blues side.

The first half was an even contest that Ospreys twice led through tries from Joe Thomas and Dafydd Howells in the opening 13 minutes and they passed up several other opportunities.

But they had a tough time playing up Goldington Road's infamous slope after the break and they now have it all to do in backto-back matches against Nottingham in December.

Ospreys got off to a great start by scoring their first try in the fifth minute, when Thomas went through a gap down the right to score off Jack Price's pass, with Price's conversion hitting an upright.

However, their lead was momentarily snuffed out, as Harry Sheppard bided his time before his pass gave Bedford winger Dean Adamson an easy finish, with Sheppard converting.

The visitors quickly hit back and were in front again when Howells shrugged off an attempted tackle down the left after being picked out by Matthew Aubrey.

The tit-for-tat nature of the match continued, as Jacob Fields was driven over for the Blues off the back of a rolling maul, with Sheppard's shanked conversion leaving the score level at 12-12.

But the hosts went ahead right on the stroke of half-time, as former England scrum-half Lee Dickson burrowed over with the help of his forwards.

Ospreys' task then became a tough one when the hosts extended their advantage four minutes into the second half, as Jordan Onojaife wrapped up their try bonus point from close range.

It wasn't long before Bedford had their fifth try of the afternoon, as giant lock Will Carrick-Smith went in under the posts after Camilo Parilli-Ocampo had been stopped just short.

Winger Elliot Clements-Hill then got in on the act, as he sprinted away to complete a superb flowing move from left to right, with the final pass coming from Matt Gallagher.

Former Cardiff Blues man Chris Czekaj then added his name to the list of scorers for Bedford before Jay Baker grabbed a late consolation for Ospreys.

BEDFORD: Tries: D Adamson, J Fields, L Dickson, J Onojaife, W Carrick-Smith, E Clements-Hill, C Czekaj; Cons: H Sheppard (4) OSPREYS: Tries: J Thomas, D Howells, J Baker; Cons: J Price (2)

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 22, 2017
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