Bedford Blues kick off their British and Irish Cup campaign with a trip to Carmarthen on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face the Scarlets Select squad.

The Blues head into the game off the back of a dramatic late victory over Yorkshire Carnegie after Steffan Jones converted an 80th minute penalty to seal a 22-21 win.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues defence coach Ian Vass said: “Last week’s game was extremely attritional and took a lot out of the squad but with the game moving to Sunday, we’ve had an extra day to prepare and the lads have responded superbly.

Aerosmith used to shout that Pink is their favourite colour, well that’s one thing that Steven Tyler and the gang share with Bedford Blues as we will once again be turning Goldington Road pink for the annual Ladies Day when we face Ulster Ravens in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday 21st November (Kick Off 2:30pm).

It was 2007 when the Blues first turned pink to raise funds for breast cancer charities and this year the club will once again be donating to the cause as they invite Bedford’s female fans through the turnstiles to help show their support for Cancer Research UK.

It was a case of déjà vu, or should that be déjà Blues, on Saturday afternoon as Steffan Jones kicked a 50 odd metre penalty in the final minute of the game, just as he did at Ealing a fortnight ago, to give Bedford Blues a huge 22-21 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at Goldington Road.

With a 20pts – 3 win over the RAF U23 XV, away at RAF Halton, to add to their win over the Royal Navy U23 XV on Wednesday, and their loss to Wasps last Friday, the Blues Academy completed a tough three games in nine days.  The RAF are in the final stages of preparation for the Inter-Services competition which takes place this month.  Bedford made 8 changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that played the Navy on Wednesday.  The game was played in strong winds and driving rain, making the task versus an older and physical side even tougher.  The Blues took a lead at half time of 7pts – 0 before ending as winners by 20pts – 3.

Less than 24 hours after the annual fireworks extravaganza, Bedford Blues will be hoping for an even bigger display on the pitch when they welcome second placed Yorkshire Carnegie to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Games against Carnegie are always tough as shown last season when just five points separated the two teams as Bedford picked up a 15-10 victory at home. The corresponding fixture at Headingley also went the way of the home team with Carnegie taking the spoils 15-8.

After a close win by 9pts – 0 against the Navy U23 XV on Wednesday, the Blues Academy take on the RAF U23 XV on Saturday.

The Blues make 8 changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that played the Navy on Wednesday.  In the pack, Leon Patel-Champion and Henry Peck start at prop, Aubrey Grimes starts at hooker, Jacob Moody returns at second row and Callum Strachan at flanker.  In the back line Dylan Leney starts at scrum half and Ben Phillips at fly half with Harry Hutchins moving to centre.  The side will be captained by No. 8 Rahat Choudhury.

The Blues Academy beat the Royal Navy U23 XV by 9 pts – 0 at a very wet Goldington Road.

Bedford dominated the first 20 minutes but failed to score.  A combination of poor ball retention, poor decision making and good Navy defence kept the score sheet clean.  The Navy weathered the storm and pushed into the Blues half, and had a couple of penalty chances to score but missed narrowly. leaving the score 0-0 at half time.

The second half was more even territorially but it was the Blues who managed to score with two penalties from full back Liam Shields and one from winger Scott Lyle, to give them a 9pts – 0 win.

Bedford Blues have been dealt a blow to their front row after tighthead prop James Currie was ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery.

Currie, 25, had been in fine form this season but suffered a knock to his ankle during the first half of the Blues 46-28 win over Rotherham Titans on Friday 16th October which forced him off the field.

The former Bath Academy and Worcester man had a scan carried out which revealed that he had suffered a rupture of his retinaculum and has also split the tendon and he underwent surgery last week.

The Blues Academy welcome the Royal Navy U23 XV to Goldington Road on Wednesday night – KO 7.30 pm.

With a list of injuries and availability issues the Blues make 11 changes (two of them positional) to the starting line that played Wasps last week. 

Bedford Blues return home this Saturday 7th November ready to make Goldington Road a fortress as they take on promotion hunting Yorkshire Carnegie in their first home match in three weeks.

Mike Rayer’s troops have enjoyed a strong start to the season, narrowly defeating Ealing Trailfinders last time out to elevate their league table position to fourth, but they will be expecting a very tough challenge against Bryan Redpath’s men who currently lie second in the standings.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th December
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road