1st XV News

Bedford Blues are straight back in action at Goldington Road this Saturday with the return of Championship rugby against last season’s Premiership relegated side, London Welsh (Kick Off 3pm).

Hoping to continue their winning run with five victories on the bounce and fresh off Cup success, Mike Rayer’s men are preparing for another crucial encounter as Rowland Phillips’ Exiles outfit arrive in town.

Currently in fourth with a nine-point cushion over Jersey, Bedford are seeking revenge over Welsh who narrowly edged the Blues at Old Deer Park earlier in the campaign and have since added the scalps of both Yorkshire Carnegie and Doncaster Knights.

Following Saturday’s fantastic win against Scarlets Select to earn the Blues qualification to the knockout stages and a home draw, the Club can confirm they will play the Quarter Final at Goldington Road on Friday 11 March (Kick Off 19:45).

The draw for who Bedford will face in the Quarter Final will take place next Monday with Doncaster Knights, London Welsh, Jersey and Moseley in the bag.

The Friday night lights date will set up a tantalising rugby weekender with Eddie Jones’ new look England facing Wales at Twickenham on the Saturday which will also be screened at the Club.

Bedford Blues have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup with a 45-34 win over the Scarlet Select XV but they were made to work very hard for the bonus point victory.

You can now see all 11 tries on our Youtube Channel Blues TV by clicking HERE.

Scores from Josh Buggea, Paul Tupai, Nick Fenton-Wells, Henry Staff, Sam Blanchet and Dean Adamson along with a penalty try secured the win but the Scarlets deserve full credit for their tenacious display which almost cost the Blues dearly.

Bedford Blues head into their final pool game of the British & Irish Cup knowing that a win in front of their home fans will guarantee a quarter-final place in the competition.

A hard fought 22-17 win over Ulster on a cold night in Belfast has kept the Blues at the top of Pool 2 but a win over Scarlets Select would see Bedford claiming a final eight spot for the first time since 2013.

Following Friday’s fantastic away win in Belfast over Ulster, Bedford Blues are gearing up for an all-important fixture this Saturday at home to Scarlets Select with a win guaranteeing themselves a British & Irish Cup Quarter Final spot – and we need our 16th man (KO 2pm).

Four wins out of five leave Mike Rayer’s men in strong contention for the knockout stages of this year’s Cup campaign with only a win keeping the progression in their own hands. Whilst a slip-up from Yorkshire Carnegie, London Welsh or Doncaster Knights could equal a home tie next up, but the Blues players are only focussed on their own challenge.

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