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Bedford Blues took a big step towards the British & Irish Cup quarter-final as they defeated Ulster A 17-22 at Deramore Park on Friday night.

On a freezing cold evening in Belfast and on a true quagmire of a pitch, Bedford racked up four tries through Phil Boulton, Dean Adamson, Henry Staff and Steffan Jones to secure a vital bonus point.

The hosts brightly and used an effective kicking game to try and pin the Blues back during the early exchanges but Bedford soaked up the pressure with the scrum putting in a huge shift five metres from their own line to win a penalty and clear the early danger.

After a long break since their last game the Blues Academy were back in action on Saturday with a convincing win, in perfect conditions at Grange Road,  against Cambridge University U20s.  Ahead by 31pts – 0 at half time, Bedford withstood a spirited comeback from the students in the second half to end as winners by 50pts – 0.

The Blues had a great start with an early try from centre Paul Aguele.  A poor clearing kick from Cambridge allowed Bedford to counter, and Aguele went in from the half way line; full back Liam Shields converted, and it was 7pts – 0 to the Blues after two minutes.  

After a long break since their last game the Blues Academy are back in action this Saturday – away against Cambridge University U20s, Kick Off at 2.00pm.

The Blues make eight changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that lost to Nottingham before Christmas.

In the pack, Ben Thompson starts at prop, Jacob Moody and Callum Strachan at second row, with Harry Peterkin and Rahat Choudhury on the flanks.  In the back line Ben Phillips returns at fly half and scrum half Callum Tormey and winger Oli Beavis (both Oaklands College) make their Blues debuts.  The side will be captained by scrum half Olly Howard.

 

Bedford Blues will be crossing the Irish Sea on Friday as they head to Belfast to face Ulster A in the British and Irish Cup.

The Blues will be looking to build on their recent form which has seen them pick up wins against London Scottish, Moseley and Bristol over the festive period and a victory in Belfast would put Bedford in a strong position for reaching the quarter-finals of the cup.

Bedford head to Northern Ireland without Mike Howard who has been ruled out for at least six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce an additional shirt sponsor for the start of 2016 with the first sponsorship coverage screened live on Sky Sports on New Year’s Day against London Scottish.

No stranger to the Blues Sponsorship family with many years of fantastic support, Dovecote Park have further supported the Club with their corporate logo printed on the right arm sleeve above the Charles Wells’ Eagle badge for the rest of the season.

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