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A strong second half performance wasn’t enough for Bedford Blues as they lost 36-20 in the British and Irish Cup at pool four leaders Doncaster Knights on Saturday afternoon, writes Ryan Lewis of the Bedford Times & Citizen.

The defeat leaves Bedford nine points adrift of Doncaster, who have a maximum of 15 points in the pool and look favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The Blues made a number of changes off the back of the last minute defeat to Cross Keys last week, with only eight players retaining their place in the starting XV and in contrast to last week’s strong start, it was Bedford’s turn to fall behind early on.

After a 18pts – 7 win over Oxford University U21 XV on Saturday, Blues supporters have another chance to support the Blues Academy when they welcome the Wasps Academy to Bedford on Wednesday October 29th.  The game is at Goldington Road, Kick Off is at 7.30 pm.  The bar is open, and admission is free.

Bedford make 13 changes to the starting lineup that beat Oxford University. 

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With a tough game coming up against the Wasps Academy at home on Wednesday, the Blues Academy made wholesale changes for their home game against the Oxford University U21 XV.  Ahead by 8pts – 0 at half time the Blues ended as winners of an entertaining game by 18pts – 7 at Goldington Road.

 

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Bedford Blues will be making the most of their squad when they travel north to face unbeaten Doncaster Knights in the British & Irish Cup at Castle Park on Saturday afternoon.

The cup competition has been a mixed bag for the Blues having been awarded a bonus point win against the Cornish Pirates in the opening round despite losing the game 35-34. The Pirates were found to have broken the regulations concerning front row replacements meaning that the result ahead of the breach was reverted to*.

Following Bedford Blues home defeat last Saturday, Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer is looking for a response from his players this weekend against Doncaster Knights in what promises to be a challenging test against the pool leaders.

Bedford lost out to Cross Keys in their first home match of the British and Irish Cup last Saturday after a fast-paced first quarter left them 19-3 up, but a strong second half fight-back from the Welshmen saw them claim a last minute try to clinch victory.

Bedford Blues’ annual Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Friday 7th November at the Goldington Road site with gates opening at 6pm for an action packed, fun filled evening of entertainment, sponsored by Progress Skoda.

As well as the gates opening, the much anticipated funfair and Club bars will be open from 6pm leaving plenty of time to take a wander around the ground and soak up the family atmosphere at this traditional town event before the first display starts at 7pm. The children’s display is the perfect winter warmer for kids of all ages, ahead of the main event.

With the Blues away to Doncaster this weekend, Blues supporters have the chance to support the Blues Academy, when they take on the Oxford University U21 XV on Saturday, at Goldington Road, Kick Off 2.30 pm.  The bar is open, and admission is free.

This is the second encounter this season against the students.  The Blues beat the University in their away fixture three weeks ago by 32pts – 14.   Oxford are in preparation for their annual Varsity game at Twickenham against Cambridge University on December 11th.

With the Blues away to Doncaster this weekend, Blues supporters have the chance to support the Blues Academy, with the next two home games at Goldington Road being Academy games against Oxford University and Wasps.

First up on Saturday October 25th, the Academy take on the Oxford University U21 XV for their second encounter this season.  Oxford are in preparation for the annual Varsity game at Twickenham against Cambridge University on 11th December.  The Blues beat the University in their away fixture three weeks ago by 32pts – 14.   The game is at Goldington Road, with Kick Off at 2.30 pm.  The bar is open, and admission is free.

Bedford Blues have today welcomed the decision of the British & Irish Cup Organising Committee to award them the result of the opening pool game against Cornish Pirates following a breach of the rules.
 
During the game on Sunday 12th October at the Mennaye Field, one of the Cornish Pirates props suffered an unfortunate injury and could no longer compete in the game. As the Pirates had already used their allocated front row replacements, this meant that the game had to revert to uncontested scrums and the home side would have to withdraw a player and resume the game with 14 men.

With Saints, one of the RFU funded Academies, fielding a number of contracted players, with England U18 and Scotland U20 experience, it was always going to be a tough day for the Blues.  Centre Rory Hutchinson appeared for Scotland U20 in the World Cup in New Zealand this summer, and hooker James Fish, flanker Lewis Ludlum and centre Harry Mallinder (all 6’5” of him) have recently returned from the England U18 unbeaten tour of South Africa, which included a win over South Africa.  Bedford gave a great account of themselves with the Saints taking a 17pts – 12 half time lead, before running out as winners by 34pts – 22.

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