Rugby Union: Cooke promises heat treatment for Bedford
Bedford 22 Newcastle 29
Monday 26 October 1998
The subject of Cooke's ire was the decision, taken twice in the last six minutes with the scores tied at 22-all, to kick for goal from penalties at roughly 30 metres distance. Tony Yapp, Cooke felt, should have been booting for the corner and an attacking line-out, not at the posts. Yapp missed, twice.
Of course if Rob Andrew had not launched a deadly counter-attack in the dying seconds to set up Newcastle's winning try by the scrum-half Gary Armstrong, the reaction might have been less strained. But if Cooke's outburst can be forgiven, so surely can Yapp.
The outside-half had already slotted five penalty goals and a conversion in testing conditions. Only once, through Junior Paramore in first-half injury time, had Bedford unpicked the tight Newcastle defence for a try.
As it was, Andrew intelligently kicked long from deep, Bedford's retreating wing Ben Whetstone was forced to concede a line-out, and Armstrong aquaplaned over from the ensuing maul. Andrew converted and that effectively made it game, set and match to an old pal of Cooke's from those now far off but seemingly less complicated days as England coach and manager.
Short-termism preoccupies both these clubs. Newcastle, whose earlier tries by Tony Underwood, Jim Naylor and Tuigamala each testified to the Falcons' twin attributes of pace and battering ram power, are to give their Gateshead experiment the heave-ho after this weekend's match against Saracens. At Bedford there are rumours of new investment, but only, say the whispers, if Frank Warren departs the scene.
Nineteen of the club's 20 new executive boxes were occupied on Saturday, and the attendance was close to 4,000, which was respectable enough in the circumstances. But with annual running costs of around pounds 450,000 plus a wage bill of pounds 100,000 a month, Bedford's numbers do not add up.
They have the talent to stay in Premiership One, but they need that investment soon.
Bedford: Try Paramore; Conversion Yapp; Penalties Yapp 5. Newcastle: Tries Underwood, Naylor, Tuigamala, Armstrong; Conversions Wilkinson, Andrew 2; Penalty Wilkinson.
Bedford: S Howard; B Whetstone, J Ewens, A Murdoch, D O'Mahony; T Yapp, C Harrison (R Elliott, 69); N Hatley, J Richards, V Hartland (C Boyd, h-t), D Zaltzman, A Duke, J Cockle (M Deans, 59), J Forster, J Paramore
Newcastle Falcons: P Massey; T Underwood, M Shaw, R Andrew, V Tuigamala; J Wilkinson (J Naylor, h-t), G Armstrong; N Popplewell ( G Graham, 49), R Nesdale, I Peel, G Archer, D Weir, P Walton, S O'Neill, D Ryan.
Referee: C Reeks (Somerset).
Actress sees off speculation about her face in an amazing way
Florida mother launched a petition to ban the sale of the dolls
Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
How Real Madrid started copying Barcelona's old pass masters, and began reaping the rewards
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Arsenal player ratings
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
£250 - £300 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT** Our...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ampersand Consulting LLP: SAP ABAP Developer - Rugb...
£80000 - £90000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: Working for an International Mul...
£90 - £140 per day + Mileage and Expenses: Randstad Education Leeds: Sixth for...