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Bedford Blues kick off their British and Irish Cup campaign with a trip to Carmarthen on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face the Scarlets Select squad.

The Blues head into the game off the back of a dramatic late victory over Yorkshire Carnegie after Steffan Jones converted an 80th minute penalty to seal a 22-21 win.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues defence coach Ian Vass said: “Last week’s game was extremely attritional and took a lot out of the squad but with the game moving to Sunday, we’ve had an extra day to prepare and the lads have responded superbly.

Aerosmith used to shout that Pink is their favourite colour, well that’s one thing that Steven Tyler and the gang share with Bedford Blues as we will once again be turning Goldington Road pink for the annual Ladies Day when we face Ulster Ravens in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday 21st November (Kick Off 2:30pm).

It was 2007 when the Blues first turned pink to raise funds for breast cancer charities and this year the club will once again be donating to the cause as they invite Bedford’s female fans through the turnstiles to help show their support for Cancer Research UK.

It was a case of déjà vu, or should that be déjà Blues, on Saturday afternoon as Steffan Jones kicked a 50 odd metre penalty in the final minute of the game, just as he did at Ealing a fortnight ago, to give Bedford Blues a huge 22-21 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at Goldington Road.

With a 20pts – 3 win over the RAF U23 XV, away at RAF Halton, to add to their win over the Royal Navy U23 XV on Wednesday, and their loss to Wasps last Friday, the Blues Academy completed a tough three games in nine days.  The RAF are in the final stages of preparation for the Inter-Services competition which takes place this month.  Bedford made 8 changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that played the Navy on Wednesday.  The game was played in strong winds and driving rain, making the task versus an older and physical side even tougher.  The Blues took a lead at half time of 7pts – 0 before ending as winners by 20pts – 3.

Less than 24 hours after the annual fireworks extravaganza, Bedford Blues will be hoping for an even bigger display on the pitch when they welcome second placed Yorkshire Carnegie to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Games against Carnegie are always tough as shown last season when just five points separated the two teams as Bedford picked up a 15-10 victory at home. The corresponding fixture at Headingley also went the way of the home team with Carnegie taking the spoils 15-8.

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