Bedford Blues looking to bounce back at dangerous Doncaster Knights

Captain, Rich Lane (Image: Bedford Blues)

It’s been a torrid time of late in the Bedford Blues camp; a third consecutive defeat at home to Hartpury University last weekend compounding miseries at Goldington Road, as the Blues slipped down to 7th in the Championship.

The games don’t get any easier, as the Blues travel to second-placed Doncaster Knights tomorrow and face a side who are on a hot streak having won their last five fixtures.

Mike Rayer has been fiercely critical of both himself and his side in recent weeks, admitting the Blues were “unable to get a foothold in the game” last weekend as Hartpury ran out convincing 34-10 victors.

Rayer makes seven changes once again for the visit to Castle Park, Jacob Fields returning to an all-new front row alongside Joey Conway and Ed Prowse as Bailey Ransom returns in the number six jersey.

In the back line, Connor Tupai regains the scrum-half shirt with Andre Robson making his first start for the Blues with Matt Worley’s return on the right wing completing the changes.

Geordie Irvine and Joel Matavesi are among the replacements and may well make their Blues debuts after coming in on loan from partners, Northampton Saints.

Whether they make their debuts or not, the whole squad will need to step up their game; Doncaster Knights having won every one of their last five games and have lost only once on their home patch in the last twelve months.

The Knights sit just one point behind league leaders, Ealing Trailfinders despite playing two games more, but their consistency is an ingredient that has escaped the Blues since Boxing Day.

Elsewhere, Jersey Reds are at Nottingham under the Friday night lights this evening, before Ealing look to extend their lead at the top as they travel to Bedford’s conquerors of last weekend, Hartpury.

Cornish Pirates, who are probably Ealing’s main rivals for the league title are also away from home as they travel to Richmond.

Bedford Blues Starting XV:

15. Rich Lane (C), 14. Matt Worley, 13. Andre Robson, 12. Jamie Elliott, 11. Dean Adamson, Louis Grimoldby, Connor Tupai; 1. Joey Conway, 2. Jacob Fields, 3. Ed Prowse, 4. Robin Williams, 5. Luke Frost, 6. Bailey Ransom, 7. Joe Atkinson, 8. Tui Uru

Bedford Blues Replacements:

16. Jack Hughes, 17. Corrie Barrett, 18. Osman Dimen, 19. Jordan Onojaife, 20. Oli Stedman, 21. Geordie Irvine, 22. Reuben Bird-Tulloch, 23. Joel Matavesi

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