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Bedford Blues suffered a Championship defeat in west Cornwall as the Pirates ran in nine tries at the Mennaye Field on Sunday write the Bedford Times and Citizen.

Pirates got off to a brilliant start gaining four tries and securing the bonus point inside the first 35 minutes as Bedford Blues struggled to put points on the scoreboard. 

On a very wet murky day Bedford Academy beat the Irish Exiles by 29pts – 14 at Goldington Road.  Playing down the slope, the Blues scored three tries to take a lead of 17pts – 0 at half time, controlling the game well, before an even second half with two tries apiece left Bedford with a 29pts – 14 win.

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Bedford Blues will be hoping to make it two on the bounce when they head West to face Cornish Pirates in the Greene King IPA Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the two sides are always hotly contested affairs with score lines usually being separated by just a handful of points. Bedford will also be looking to continue the form that saw them overcome Yorkshire Carnegie 15-10 in front of a large Goldington Road crowd under the Friday night lights.

Jim Wigglesworth may be in awe of James Pritchard’s legacy at Bedford Blues but he is intent on making sure the legendary full-back is not a sure-fire starter upon his return to the club.

Pritchard is the Blues’ all-time leading point scorer and at 35 is still going strong for both club and country, as part of Canada’s squad for this year’s autumn internationals.

And though losing their evergreen No.15 is a blow the Blues could do without, one person making the most of his absence is new signing Wigglesworth.

The Blues Academy return to Goldington Road this weekend when they welcome the Irish Exiles U19 squad, on Sunday November 23rd, KO 2pm.

After a good win last week, away to the Cambridge University U21 XV, Bedford again rotate their squad with four players returning to the side from injury, and also make a number of positional changes,

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