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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.

Doncaster Knights made another resounding statement in the Greene King IPA Championship a fortnight ago – now they face a Cornish Pirates side that have been extremely resilient at home and are chasing the Blues as the season reaches a climax.

The Pirates have won three league games on the bounce at The Mennaye and will look to recover their form back in Cornwall after back-to-back losses on the road to London Scottish and Yorkshire Carnegie.

The Knights' own run, however, shows no signs of slowing down – now comfortably perched in second after their own success over Carnegie.

Bedford Blues were left ruing missed opportunities on Saturday afternoon as they went down 18-25 to Jersey. You can see all of the tries on Blues TV by clicking HERE.

The Blues had started the game well as they raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to tries form Paul Tupai and Tom Griffiths, but the Islanders kept chipping away and got their noses in front with five minutes to go before running in a late try to wrap things up.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend as Jersey cross over the English Channel in Round 16 of the GKIPA Championship.

It may be Valentine’s weekend, but there won’t be much love in the air come 3pm as the Blues prepare to take on a Jersey side brimming with confidence having only tasted defeat once in their last five games.

Bedford are currently in a purple patch of their own having picked up a valuable win in the final minute of their encounter with Nottingham at Lady Bay last Sunday. Sam Blanchet’s try in the dying seconds was converted by substitute Jake Sharp to keep the Blues 2016 unbeaten record intact.

The Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday as Jersey arrive in town for another critical Championship clash hoping to end Bedford’s winning run (Kick Off 3pm).

Following Sunday’s magnificent last minute victory over Nottingham thanks to a superb team try finished by Sam Blanchet, Mike Rayer’s troops are searching to make it eight wins on the bounce against a strong Island outfit, currently sat in sixth chasing the play-off positions. 

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