The Blues returned from Richmond still without a victory and plenty for the coaches to consider after a 21 points to 5 loss to a strong Richmond outfit on Monday night. Captain John Carter made his first start of the season and early on it appeared his presence had sparked the Blues into action as they took the game to Richmond and made several line-breaks, unfortunately they could not convert any into points. Richmond then got a foot hold in the match and were rewarded with a try in the corner from left wing Jon Courtney on the 20 minute mark. They extended their lead to 10 points with half-time approaching when hooker Tom Cobb burrowed over from a few metres out, following a concerted period of pressure on the Blues line.
The second half saw the home side extend their lead to 16 – 0 with two early penalties from replacement fly-half James Wilson, before the Blues enjoyed a sustained period of pressure on the Richmond line. The Blues pack put the Richmond eight under considerable pressure with a series of scrums and line-outs in the home sides 22 and with his first touch since coming on to replace Carter, No 8 Michael Rickner scored at the base of the scrum following another 5 metre drive. However, the Blurs did not manage to build on this hard earned score and it was Richmond who finished the stronger and scored the final try when scrum-half Sam Egerton had a clearing kick charged down and Courtney won the chase to touch down the loose ball. Final score 21 point to 5.
The Blues will now regroup and prepare for another tough away encounter at Franklins Gardens the home of Northampton Saints next Monday night, kick off 7.30pm.
Team Andrew Grounds, Nick Gardener, Bob Baker, Matt Craggs, Will Rowlands, Alex Waddingham, James Harris, John Carter, Stuart Commins, Sam Egerton, Alastair Adams-Cairns, Hee-Won Cho, Cassian Bramham Law, Jeremy Mather, Henry Lamont
Subs James Wisson, John Direen, Tim Little, Michael Rickner, Matthew Shorthose, Will Boardman, Henry Hughes, Lewis Anderson
Scores T: Michael Rickner (1)