MATCH PREVIEW

Bedford Blues head off to South Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon for the always tough challenge of facing Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.

The Blues will be looking for a return to winning ways having suffered a first defeat of 2016  when they went down 18-25 to Jersey a fortnight ago. Games against Rotherham are never easy especially when the hosts will be looking to impress their new Head Coach Justin Burnell.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "Everyone was disappointed with our performance against Jersey but hopefully it'll give the lads the kick up the backside they needed and we can all move on.

"We've got a very tough game ahead of us this weekend but we've been able to enjoy an extra weekend off, recuperate a bit and then focus fully on the task ahead. If the players stick to the game plan and play to their full ability, then I'm sure we are in for a good afternoon."

Nick Fenton-Wells misses out on the trip to Rotherham with a thumb injury so the team will be skippered by Paul Tupai who starts the game at blindside flanker. The Blues also welcome Gloucester lock Joe Latta into the starting line-up with the second rower joining Bedford on a short-term deal.

Starting line-up:

15. Steffan Jones
14. Pat Tapley
13. Michael Le Bourgeois
12. Ollie Dodge
11. Dean Adamson
10. Jake Sharp
9. Jordan Burns

1. Alex Lundberg
2. Sam James
3. Phil Boulton
4. Joe Latta
5. Harry Wells
6. Paul Tupai (c)
7. Josh Buggea
8. Joel Conlon

Replacements:

16. Charlie Clare
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Mike Howard
19. Justin Blanchet
20. Peter White
21. Myles Dorrian
22. Henry Staff

Next Home Match

Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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