A strong second half performance wasn’t enough for Bedford Blues as they lost 36-20 in the British and Irish Cup at pool four leaders Doncaster Knights on Saturday afternoon, writes Ryan Lewis of the Bedford Times & Citizen.

The defeat leaves Bedford nine points adrift of Doncaster, who have a maximum of 15 points in the pool and look favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The Blues made a number of changes off the back of the last minute defeat to Cross Keys last week, with only eight players retaining their place in the starting XV and in contrast to last week’s strong start, it was Bedford’s turn to fall behind early on.

After a 18pts – 7 win over Oxford University U21 XV on Saturday, Blues supporters have another chance to support the Blues Academy when they welcome the Wasps Academy to Bedford on Wednesday October 29th.  The game is at Goldington Road, Kick Off is at 7.30 pm.  The bar is open, and admission is free.

Bedford make 13 changes to the starting lineup that beat Oxford University. 

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With a tough game coming up against the Wasps Academy at home on Wednesday, the Blues Academy made wholesale changes for their home game against the Oxford University U21 XV.  Ahead by 8pts – 0 at half time the Blues ended as winners of an entertaining game by 18pts – 7 at Goldington Road.


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Bedford Blues will be making the most of their squad when they travel north to face unbeaten Doncaster Knights in the British & Irish Cup at Castle Park on Saturday afternoon.

The cup competition has been a mixed bag for the Blues having been awarded a bonus point win against the Cornish Pirates in the opening round despite losing the game 35-34. The Pirates were found to have broken the regulations concerning front row replacements meaning that the result ahead of the breach was reverted to*.

Following Bedford Blues home defeat last Saturday, Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer is looking for a response from his players this weekend against Doncaster Knights in what promises to be a challenging test against the pool leaders.

Bedford lost out to Cross Keys in their first home match of the British and Irish Cup last Saturday after a fast-paced first quarter left them 19-3 up, but a strong second half fight-back from the Welshmen saw them claim a last minute try to clinch victory.



Next Home Match

Saturday 31st January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road