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Bedford Blues will be turning Pink this weekend as they host Ulster ‘A’ in the British & Irish Cup which is also this year’s Ladies Day fixture which kicks off at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Coming in off the back of an impressive 35-6 win over Scarlets Select on Sunday, the Blues will be looking to continue the momentum but know they are in for a huge challenge as they face a team that demolished Bristol 30-5 in Belfast last Friday.

The Blues Academy travel to play the Oxford University Whippets side on Saturday, making ten changes (two of them positional) to the starting line that beat the Irish Exiles last weekend.

In the pack, Charley Robinson starts at prop and George Harris at hooker.  Charley Harvey and Kyron Houston start at second row, and Rahat Choudhury and Tom Tucker start in the back row.  In the back line Dylan Leney starts at scrum half, and Tom Jennings on the wing.  Paul Aguele moves to centre and Liam Shileds moves to full back.  The side will be captained by back row Rahat Choudhury.

 

Goldington Road is busily preparing to welcome the female population of the region for the Blues’ annual Ladies Day as we attempt to turn Bedford pink this Saturday against Ulster (Kick Off 2:30pm, gates open 12 noon).

Again in support of Cancer Research UK, there are attractions for both men and women in the Blues Marquee, as well as another much anticipated rugby match as Blues aim to continue their good form against the Irishmen in the British & Irish Cup.

On top of two-for-one ground entry for all ladies (available on the match day gate only), there will as always be a host of offers available on the day in the Blues Marquee, including:

Bedford Blues kicked off their British & Irish Cup campaign with an impressive 35-6 win over the Scarlets Select at Carmarthen Park on Sunday afternoon.

Tries from James Pritchard, Sam James, Mike Le Bourgeois and Steffan Jones secured the bonus win for the Blues while Myles Dorrian, Jones and Jake Sharp also added points from the boot on a blustery day in west Wales.

Bedford’s attacking intent was clear from the open phase which lasted almost five minutes and saw the visitors throwing the ball around as they tried to find a way through the Scarlets defence.

The Blues Academy welcomed the Irish Exiles to Goldington Road on Sunday, and after an error strewn half were drawing 5 pts apiece, before scoring two tries in the second half to win by 15pts - 5.

The Exiles had the majority of the territory early in the game and it was the Exiles who scored first after 20 minutes.  Bedford won a lineout in their own 22 but tried to ship the ball flat across their back line only to concede a scrum.  The pack won the ball against the head but the Blues then gave it away again, and with the Bedford defence getting too narrow the Exiles worked an overlap on the right for full back Liam McGloughlin to score in the corner. 

The Blues Academy welcome the Irish Exiles to Goldington Road on Sunday, KO 2.00 pm.  In view of the events in Paris there will be a One Minute Silence before the game.

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.

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