1st XV News

Bedford Blues have made four changes to their starting line-up as they look to rediscover winning ways in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following defeats to table-topping Ealing Trailfinders and Bristol, the Blues are looking to get back on track when they head over to Jersey to face the Reds on Saturday afternoon.

While the newly named Stade Santander International hasn't always been the happiest of hunting grounds for Bedford, clashes between the two clubs have always been exciting affairs and much of the same is expected this weekend.

While there was not a win for the Blues, there was some scintillating attacking rugby on display at Goldington Road on Saturday writes Bedfordshire on Sunday reporter Nick Smith.

Bedford fell to a 38-61 defeat at the hands of promotion favourites Bristol but did themselves no disservice against a side who were just better on the day, inagame which saw 15 tries ran in and 99 points scored.

The visitors got off toaflying start, scoring two tries in the first four minutes, with poor tackling letting the hosts down.

Bedford Blues will be calling on their 16th man this weekend as Bristol visit Goldington Road in Round 4 of the GKIPA Championship season.

Having suffered a first defeat of the campaign to Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, Mike Rayer charges will be looking to bounce back immediately but know that they will need to be at the top of their game as Bristol come to town.

Speaking ahead of the game Rayer said: "We're certainly looking forward to this one and especially off the back of that disappointing seconnd half last week. We allowed Ealing far too much time and space and to their credit, they took it.

The Championship big boys arrive in Bedford this Saturday for a much-anticipated clash as the Blues look to respond in front of their home faithful against the league’s top side Bristol Rugby (Kick Off 3pm). Save £4 and book tickets online here.

Following an impressive start to the season, Mike Rayer’s men suffered a slight road bump on Saturday, losing out to a very impressive Ealing Trailfinders, who now sit top of the standings.

The deadline for 2018 Six Nations ticket applications for Twickenham to watch England closes this Friday for Bedford Blues Season Ticket holders. 

Application emails with details were sent out a couple of weeks back with your application form, only entries received by Friday 22nd September will be processed. Unfortunately due to RFU international ticket restrictions, the Club are set to receive a small allocation and will be unable to fulfil many requested orders.

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