1st XV News

Bedford Blues gave a superb account of themselves against former Premiership side London Irish during an enthralling encounter at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

While the Blues ultimately went down 23-30, there were plenty of positives to take from this performance that could easily have swung the Blues way in the latter stages. 

Speaking after the encounter, Pat Tapley, who scored two tries, said: “While it is really pleasing for me to come back into the team and score two tries, ultimately we are disappointed with the score line as it goes down as a defeat when it felt like we deserved more.

Bedford Blues return to action at Goldington Road this weekend knowing that nothing but the best will do when London Irish pay a visit.
 
A much improved performance against Jersey in St Peter last weekend saw the Blues come within a few inches of victory and now the team have the sizeable task of taking on the former Premiership team on their home patch.

The Blues return home this Saturday following a narrow loss in Jersey at the weekend hoping to continue their improved performance against the champions elect and former Premiership boys London Irish (KO 3pm).

Mike Rayer’s men will need a strong 16th man to help make Goldington Road a fortress for the arrival of the Exiles who have so far comfortably eased passed Doncaster Knights and Richmond, but having left the Channel Islands frustrated by what could have easily been an away win, the Blues will be focused on causing an upset.

The Bedford Blues Marquee is gearing up for a brace of sportsman’s dinners this season which will see two of the very best rugby speakers appearing at Goldington Road.

On Thursday 17th November, former England fly half Andy Goode will be appearing to share a few tales about his glorious career which saw him playing for the likes of Leicester Tigers, Saracens, Brive, Worcester Warriors and Newcastle.

Having finally hung up his kicking boots over the summer, Andy has turned his hand to TV punditry and after dinner speaking where he covers all things rugby and hair transplants!

Bedford Blues tasted defeat for a second time this season as they went down 14-9 to Jersey, but they left the island with their heads held high.

A much improved performance was notable from the first whistle but the Blues had opportunities to win it late on. A five metre lineout drive saw the ball gathered and grounded over the line but the ref called it back and awarded Jersey the scrum. Moments later, a Blues maul powered forward before being dragged down perilously close to the Jersey line but it was just a penalty.

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