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Doncaster Knights made another resounding statement in the Greene King IPA Championship a fortnight ago – now they face a Cornish Pirates side that have been extremely resilient at home and are chasing the Blues as the season reaches a climax.

The Pirates have won three league games on the bounce at The Mennaye and will look to recover their form back in Cornwall after back-to-back losses on the road to London Scottish and Yorkshire Carnegie.

The Knights' own run, however, shows no signs of slowing down – now comfortably perched in second after their own success over Carnegie.

Bedford Blues will again be hosting a national Under 19s 10-a-side tournament on Sunday 24 April following the success of last year’s event as the Club help showcase some of the most talented young rugby players in the country.

The invitation competition proved a superb initiative last season with Bedford Blues Academy narrowly clinching the title having defeated Worcester Warriors in the first round and Nottingham in the final with their only loss of the tournament against East Midlands.  

GAME CANCELLED DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH

The Blues Academy welcome Moseley Academy to Goldington Road on Saturday, KO 2.00 pm.

The Blues make a number of changes to the starting line that lost to Loughborough University U21 last week.  In the pack, Ben Thompson and Leon Patel-Champion return at prop with Charley Harvey and Callum Strachan at 2nd row, and Tim Herbert starting at flanker.  In the back line Max McMinn starts at fly half with Ben Phillips moving to centre.  Paul Aguele returns at centre with Jack Gibbs moving to full back.

 

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.

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