1st XV News

The annual Mobbs Memorial Match returns to Goldington Road this Wednesday 1st April as Bedford Blues prepare to go to battle against The Army (Kick Off 7:45pm).

First played in 1921, the Mobbs Memorial game honours Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO, a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I. Formerly competed between the East Midlands and the Barbarians, the game now pits the British Army against Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years and this year the match falls on Blues’ turf.

Bedford Blues gave one of their best performances all season at Ashton Gate, but it wasn’t to be as they went down 38-14 to the league leaders Bristol, writes Ryan Lewis.

The Blues travelled west off the back of four straight defeats in the Greene King IPA Championship, but played with confidence and ambition, threatening a side full of international experience. 

The result could have been better for the visitors but for a referee who harshly sent four Bedford players to the bin, three of which coming just before the half-time whistle.

Bedford Blues travel to Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon with Director of Rugby Mike Rayer challenging his players to put in a strong performance against table-topping Bristol.

The two teams met on Boxing Day at Goldington Road when the Blues went into the break leading 17-7 thanks to tries from James Pritchard, Harry Wells and Dean Adamson only for the visitors to regroup during the interval to finally run out 24-28 winners - Pat Tapley added the Blues fourth try which secured two bonus points.

Bedford Blues will be looking to bounce back this weekend in a sizeable task against top of the table Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate on Sunday (Kick Off 3pm).

Looking ahead to the reverse fixture of Boxing Day at Goldington Road, Blues centre Michael Le Bourgeois believes composure and taking the game to the league leaders will be key in gaining a result from Bristol.

Le Bourgeois said: “Every game counts, it’s not one that we can let slip so we will take the game to them - they’re top of the league for a reason so both teams will be trying to play, but we have to keep our composure.” 

The draw for the Bedford Blues Under 19s 10-a-Side Tournament was completed on Friday night ahead of the Blues game against Cornish Pirates.
 
The draw, which was made by Ian Connell, Chairman of Cornish Pirates, and Ian Baggott, President of the East Midlands Referees Society, has determined which teams go into each Pool for the inaugural tournament which takes place on Sunday 26th April at Goldington Road.
 

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