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Bedford Blues and Ampthill Rugby Club teamed up at Goldington Road on Tuesday night for a joint forwards training session ahead of a busy weekend for both teams.

With the Blues hosting Plymouth Albion in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon and Ampthill making the journey to Bristol looking to maintain their promotion push as they face the always difficult Dings Crusaders, this was an excellent opportunity to get some 'live' contact training under the belts of each pack.

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Bedford slipped to their 11th defeat of their unhappy Championship season and lost at Billesley Common for the first time in nearly eight years.  Not since September 2006 have Blues left Birmingham without the spoils but in truth they were never in control of the game.

Tries from Paul Tupai and Pat Tapley were all they had to show for their efforts against a redoubtable home team that has not lost at Billesley Common in three months.  The Moseley scrum set their stall out early as Nic Auterac and Phil Boulton struggled for parity and even though the Blues mauling game was good, it wasn’t decisive.

After weeks of disruption due to the weather, and a number of cancelled games, the Blues Academy returned to action with a well deserved win against the Loughborough University U21 XV.  Bedford built a 22pts - 7 lead playing up the slope in the first half.  The students raised the tempo in the second half to score two further tries but the Blues matched them with two of their own to end as winners by 32pts - 17.

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Bedford Blues are in for a treat this week as they finally get to run out for a game of rugby following two postponements in a row.

The Blues were set to face Ealing Trailfinders first on Valentine's Day and then the following Saturday but rotten weather and an unplayable pitch means that when Bedford face Moseley it will be their first game since 8th February.

Bedford head into the game as underdogs and felt the full force of an impressive Moseley performance when the Midlanders comfortably beat the Blues back in November.

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