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Bedford Blues suffered a second Championship defeat in a row on Saturday afternoon as they went down 39-31 to Rotherham.

The game was full of tries - you can watch them all now by clicking HERE - with nine being scored in total, but unfortunately the hosts scored five to the Blues four and the boot of Will Goodwin ensured that Rotherham took the spoils.

Bedford took the lead in the second minute when Steffan Jones converted a penalty after the Blues pack proved dominant in the first scrum of the afternoon but it was to be the only time Bedford led in the game.

Bedford Blues head off to South Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon for the always tough challenge of facing Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.

The Blues will be looking for a return to winning ways having suffered a first defeat of 2016  when they went down 18-25 to Jersey a fortnight ago. Games against Rotherham are never easy especially when the hosts will be looking to impress their new Head Coach Justin Burnell.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "Everyone was disappointed with our performance against Jersey but hopefully it'll give the lads the kick up the backside they needed and we can all move on.

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.

 

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