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Bedford Blues were left ruing missed opportunities on Saturday afternoon as they went down 18-25 to Jersey. You can see all of the tries on Blues TV by clicking HERE.

The Blues had started the game well as they raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to tries form Paul Tupai and Tom Griffiths, but the Islanders kept chipping away and got their noses in front with five minutes to go before running in a late try to wrap things up.

Bedford Academy were down by 19pts – 0 at half time to an older, more physical, University side before putting together a better second half to lose by 38pts - 14.

Bedford were slow to start the game and the students played a more physical game to score three first half tries and lead by 19pts – 0 at half time.

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. 

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