1st XV News

Bedford Blues will be making the full use of their squad as they make the long trip down to Penzance to face Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup this weekend.

The Blues have been buoyed on by two league wins on the trot against Jersey and Plymouth Albion while a strong second half display against London Scottish acted as the catalyst for the recent turn of fortunes on the field.

Games against the Pirates in Cornwall are never easy and Blues Team Manager Rob Crowle is expecting another bruising battle on Sunday afternoon.

Bedford Blues Club Night will continue this Friday following a successful first attendance last week in the Eagle Bar at Goldington Road.

Commencing at 19:00 this week’s live Aviva Premiership coverage will see Leicester Tigers lock horns with Harlequins in a humdinger at Welford Road with all draught beers remaining available at Happy Hour prices.

Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer has placed a key focus on discipline ahead of the Blues away trip against Cornish Pirates this weekend in the opening British and Irish Cup fixture of the season following pleasing performances in his side’s last two outings.  

Bedford overcame Jersey last Saturday to register their first home win of the season having trailed at the break, 3-8.  However a strong second half performance saw Rayer’s men rampage the Islanders’ defence to score three tries and secure a 25-20 victory to leave the team in positive spirits ahead of this Sunday’s match.

Goldington Road was treated to a rollercoaster game in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon as Bedford dug in deep to pick up a deserved win over a defiant Jersey side who battled until the final whistle.

It was a day of threes with three tries for the hosts through James Pritchard, Patrick Tapley and Jake Sharp, three for the visitors via Drew Locke, Nicky Griffiths and Martin Garcia-Veiga and referee Andrew Jackson showing three yellow cards during the 80 minutes to Sam Lockwood, Mike Howard and Mark McCrea.

Bedford return to Goldington Road to face Jersey this weekend following two trips on the road which was the Blues pick up their first victory of the season against Plymouth.

The Blues had been left frustrated after taking two bonus points off London Scottish a fortnight ago, but they took that frustration and turned it into a bonus point victory against Albion thanks to a brace of tries from Dean Adamson and one apiece for Paul Tupai and Pat Tapley.

Now the Blues are looking to continue that good fortune as they welcome Jersey to Goldington Road for the encounter on Saturday afternoon.

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