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Bedford Blues will be without second row forward Paul Tupai for the games against Llanelli, Rotherham and Nottingham after he was banned for three weeks by the RFU for striking an opponent during the Greene King IPA Championship fixture against London Scottish on Wednesday 1st January.

Tupai appeared before a disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening along with London Scottish prop Eric Fry who faced a charge of making contact with Tupai’s eye ahead of the incident for which the former Samoan lock was red-carded.

If you weren’t one of the 2,555 who enjoyed the thrilling New Year’s day encounter between Bedford Blues and London Scottish then fear not – you can watch the entire game now… Just don’t blink.

The Blues won the game 21-13 in particularly cold, wet and windy conditions but Bedford production company AP Film and Music also attended the game and they have produced a time-lapse video showing all of the action from the day.

AP clamped their camera the club’s TV tower, pressed record at 1.30pm and stopped filming as the crowd began to head home.

As the fuzzy heads start to clear and we say a warm hello to 2014 it seems an appropriate time to take a look back at what has been a quite fantastic 12 months in the history of Bedford Blues Rugby Club.

No one will have any doubt about what the highlight of the year was when – after three times trying – we final got over the final hurdle to reach the Championship Final. Sadly, Newcastle proved too strong over the two legs but the town of Bedford was proud of what had been achieved by a close-knitted group of men who showed that the underdogs can always cause an upset.

Bedford Blues started 2014 in the best possible fashion with a 21-13 win over high-flying London Scottish at Goldington Road on New Year’s Day.

The weather may have suited ducks better but early tries from Mike Le Bourgeois and Nick Fenton-Wells helped Bedford establish a 15-3 half-time lead with James Pritchard – who, during the match, became the Blues all-time leading point scorer - kicking a conversion and a penalty to Lee Millar’s solitary penalty.

Bedford Blues fell foul of a second half Boxing Day rampage at Rotherham, a victory which lifted the home side into the number two spot on the Championship table. The Titans notched up four unanswered tries in the second period and ran out deserving winners 35-6, confirming their credentials as play-off challengers. Bedford seemed to confirm little other than their season continues to be as consistent as badly made Christmas gravy.

From the off, Rotherham’s intensity and appetite was obvious but Bedford played well with the fading December sun at their backs.

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