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Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend as Jersey cross over the English Channel in Round 16 of the GKIPA Championship.

It may be Valentine’s weekend, but there won’t be much love in the air come 3pm as the Blues prepare to take on a Jersey side brimming with confidence having only tasted defeat once in their last five games.

Bedford are currently in a purple patch of their own having picked up a valuable win in the final minute of their encounter with Nottingham at Lady Bay last Sunday. Sam Blanchet’s try in the dying seconds was converted by substitute Jake Sharp to keep the Blues 2016 unbeaten record intact.

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.
 

The Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday as Jersey arrive in town for another critical Championship clash hoping to end Bedford’s winning run (Kick Off 3pm).

Following Sunday’s magnificent last minute victory over Nottingham thanks to a superb team try finished by Sam Blanchet, Mike Rayer’s troops are searching to make it eight wins on the bounce against a strong Island outfit, currently sat in sixth chasing the play-off positions. 

The 2016 Six Nations is now well underway after the opening weekend and looks set to be one of the tightest competitions for years, so where better to take in the international fixtures than on the screens at Goldington Road.

Next Saturday 13th February as the Blues take on Jersey in the Championship, the Club will screen both France v Ireland and post-game Wales v Scotland in all the bars including the big screen in the marquee.

All good things come to those who wait, and Bedford Blues were the shining example of this on Sunday afternoon as they pinched an 18-20 victory over Nottingham with the final kick of the game. You can now watch the highlights by clicking HERE.

Despite an early penalty from Myles Dorrian and a brace of tries from Paul Tupai, Bedford headed into the final minute of the game trailing the Green and Whites 18-13. Joel Conlon made a super break along the right wing before timing his perfectly to the supporting Sam Blanchet who dodged the final tackle to score under the posts giving Jake Sharp the simplest of conversions to win it.

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