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Bedford Academy were down by 19pts – 0 at half time to an older, more physical, University side before putting together a better second half to lose by 38pts - 14.

Bedford were slow to start the game and the students played a more physical game to score three first half tries and lead by 19pts – 0 at half time.

The Blues Academy travel to play the Loughborough University Under 21 XV on Saturday, Kick Off is at 2.00 pm.

The Blues make eight changes (two of them positional) to the starting line that lost to Wasps Academy last week.  In the pack, Charley Robinson starts at hooker, with Cameron Lawes and Jacob Moody in the second row, with Callum Strachan moving to flanker.  Reuben Pritchard starts at flanker.  In the back line Max Titchener starts at centre and Matt Shacklady on the wing.  Scrum half Olly Howard captains the side.
 

Bedford Academy found the RFU funded Wasps Academy too strong for them, conceding two tries in the first half, and two in an improved second half, to lose by 24pts – 0 under lights at Goldington Road.

The game started at a fast pace with both sides wanting to play open rugby.  Bedford’s discipline continued to let them down, and with two consecutive penalties costing them 60m, and giving Wasps a good attacking position, Wasps scored their first try when a driving lineout sucked in the Blues defence allowing Wasps to score on the blind side. 

The Blues Academy are at home on Wednesday night under lights at Goldington Road, when they welcome the Wasps Academy, Kick Off is at 7.45 pm.

The Blues make eight changes (two of them positional) to the starting lineup that lost to East Midlands U20s last week.  In the pack, Charley Robinson moves to prop, with Michael Bond at hooker, Henry Peck is at prop and Charley Harvey at 2nd row.  In the back line Olly Howard returns at scrum half, and captains the side; Paul Aguele moves to inside centre with Jack Gibbs at 13 and Tom Fawssett on the wing.
 

With the pitches at Wellingborough School waterlogged, the Blues Academy U19s game against East Midlands U20s was rearranged at short notice and held on the synthetic pitch at Tresham College, Kettering.  Bedford were down by two tries to one at half time (14pts -7) before eventually losing by 26pts – 24.

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