Bedford Blues and Ampthill have enjoyed some unbelievable games of rugby in recent seasons; with the latest instalment taking place this Saturday at Ampthill’s Dillingham Park.
Ampthill won the first of two pre-season friendlies 40-38, before the Blues hit back a fortnight later with a 38-35 win of their own, with both sides consistently pulling out all the stops when they meet.
The Blues are in good spirits following a wonderful comeback last Friday night against Doncaster Knights, and with the defence particularly playing a key part in the win, the Blues are in good shape.
Ampthill meanwhile are in equally buoyant spirits after back-to-back victories against Coventry and London Scottish have taken them up to 4th after an opening day loss at Nottingham.
Key to success on Saturday lie in the boots of the Blues’ Will Maisey, and opposing number 10, Russell Bennett who are both in fine form, with only Nottingham’s Sam Hollingsworth ahead of the pair in the scoring charts.
Maisey regains his spot at fly-half, keeping former Ampthill kicker Louis Grimoldby on the bench against his old side while Connor Tupai makes his first appearance of the season at scrum-half.
There are three changes to the forward division who performed admirably last weekend, with Saints loanee, Reece Marshall coming in at hooker.
Tui Uru, who has scored a try on each of his appearances from the bench this season, makes his first start at number eight with Ed Prowse also starting.
On the bench, Osman Dimen is set to make his Blues debut as replacement prop with Karl Wilkins another Saints loanee joining him, while Alex Day drops to the substitutes.
If previous meetings are anything to go by, Saturday’s game promises to be an end-to-end crackerjack, with the Battle of Bedfordshire bragging rights back on the table.