1st XV News

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.

After last weekend’s victorious outing away at Plymouth, Bedford Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes is confident back on home turf this Saturday and is looking forward to another tight encounter against Jersey at Goldington Road (Kick Off 3pm).

The Blues won their first game of the season last Saturday, scoring four tries to secure an elusive try bonus point to elevate them up the and Championship table. Ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Islanders, the former Northampton Saints front rower maintains that improvement is the key objective and that he is confident the boys are heading in the right direction.

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