All change for cup action as Blues welcome Scottish to friday night lights

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Mike Rayer has made a grand total of 13 changes to the Bedford Blues starting line-up for tomorrow night’s return to Championship Cup action as London Scottish visit Goldington Road.

Only Kieran Curran in the pack and Seán French retain their places in a new look side for the Blues, with the majority of the squad earning a well-earned break after a bone-busting few weeks of league action.

There is a highlight for the Grayson family as Ethan returns in the number twelve jersey, while brother James joins from Northampton Saints to build up his match fitness on return from injury.

It will be another Goldington Road first, with the brothers playing on the hallowed turf together for the first time, although they have enjoyed playing together three times previously in competitive rugby.

There is also a new look pack as Rayer hands first starts to Monty Royston, Aston Gradwick-Light and Emeka Atuanya as part of his rotation in the pack.

Outside chance

Given the fickle nature of Championship Cup qualification, Bedford Blues now only have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals after losing against London Scottish in the first round of games.

Read: Disappointing Blues lose Championship Cup opener at London Scottish

They also lost to Doncaster, but a narrow 27-21 win against Coventry do keep their hopes of qualification alive.

Only the top team in the three pools qualify for the semi-final plus the team who have the best record finishing in second place.

Will Maisey is teh Championship’s leading point scorer and takes a well-earned break (Image: Bedford Blues / Facebook)

In Pool Two, Doncaster Knights are huge favourites to win the group after three wins from three, with Bedford realistically needing to match that in order to pip either Jersey Reds or Ealing in Pool One to the best second place spot.

Their opponents tomorrow night have already beaten them once this season, although Mike Rayer’s side have seen off the Championship’s bottom club twice in league action.

A victory in their fourth and final encounter will set Bedford Blues up for a late run at the semi-finals, although other results will have to go their way for that to happen.

Despite that, the atmosphere at Goldington Road is always a lively one under the floodlights. You can still tickets for the tie are still available here.

 

Bedford Blues Starting XV:

15. James Grayson, 14. Seán French, 13. Tom Litchfield, 12. Ethan Grayson, 11. Pat Tapley, 10. Louis Grimoldby, 9. Jake Garside; 1. Monty Royston, 2. Aston Gradwick-Light, 3. Ed Prowse, 4. Emeka Atuanya, 5. Tom Lockett, 6. Kayde Sylvester, 7. Charles Rylands, 8. Kieran Curran

Bedford Blues Replacements:

16. Jack Hughes, 17. Lewis Holsey, 18. Ehren Painter, 19. Luke Frost, 20. Joseph Gaffan, 21. Alex Day, 22. Joel Matavesi, 23. Matt Worley