Devastator of the week: Will Bedingfield

The devastator of the week is Will Bedingfield `22 from the Men’s rugby team, scoring a hat trick over the weekend. The Colby Men’s Rugby Football Club travelled up I-95 to Orono for their final regular season game against the Black Bears of the University of Maine. The Mules were chasing an undefeated season, and with that the top seed in their division. Bedingfield  saw his first start at a new position, scrum-half, and came out firing. Bedingfield scored the first try of his career as the Mules quickly put two in between the posts in the first eight minutes of the game. UMaine woke up and responded with hard ball carrying and tough defense, and the Mules went into the half up 14-7. In the second half, Bedingfield thrived, scoring two more tries under the posts as the Mules went on to win 35-14, securing an undefeated season for the first time as a member of the New England Rugby Football Union. The Mules also showed great defensive composure against the larger Black Bears, pressuring them with good line speed and winning the contact to drive them back. Other tries were scored by Aidan Cyr `20 and Chase Goode `21. Colby awaits either Plymouth St. or UMaine-Orono for the second time in as many games on Nov. 9 as the Mules host the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) Playoffs on the Nov. 9 and 10. 

Colby Echo (Echo): You scored your first try this weekend, and then scored two more in the same game. What was going through your mind afterwards?

Will Bedingfield (WB): I was honestly just relieved for the team to get ahead in the game and keep hammering them in. It was real nice to score and be a part of the undefeated season we’ve had.

Echo: This was your first game playing scrum-half. How did you adjust to a new position?

WB: Luckily, a lot of my skills at fly-half transferred over, but I had to work on chasing the play more closely and pass from the ground. Lotta reps in training.

Echo: What’s your pregame routine?

WB: I have a few hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, then crush two tums and two advils right before the game.

Echo: Rugby has just finished their regular season undefeated and has the top seed going into playoffs. Any comments?

WB: You really love to see it. This team has shown its perseverance and depth in the face of injuries. I think we can attribute that to the great chemistry we have and our opportunity to train under a world class coach who has been putting this team together for years.

Echo: Did you expect to play rugby before you came to Colby?

WB: Honestly, I thought I would play lacrosse, but I started practicing with rugby and never stopped. It’s been a huge part of my life here at Colby and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Echo: Anything else you want to say?

WB: After playing on Orono’s mud patch, I’d love to see them next weekend and punish them with a shut-out on some actual grass. I can’t wait to get back at it this week for practice and really nail down any areas we need improvement on so were as ready to go as possible for our first playoff game.

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