Blues look to build on Ealing win as Cornish Pirates sail into town

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Last weekend’s 31-19 victory at league leaders, Ealing Trailfinders has once again shaken up the English Championship, with Mike Rayer’s Blues looking to build on that impressive victory against Cornish Pirates this Saturday.

With Storm Eunice battering the Cornish coastline, the Pirates will hope they can sail safely to Goldington Road to build on fourth place, with an outside chance at staking a claim on the top of the table.

Following four consecutive losses, Bedford Blues pulled off a remarkable win in the capital last Saturday, and Mike Rayer has made seven changes from that starting line-up.

Former Blue, Reuben Bird-Tulloch has made a return from Ealing in recent weeks on loan and makes his first start of the season at outside centre, while Alex Day returns at scrum-half.

Jacob Fields and Osman Dimen make a return to the front row alongside Joey Conway while Luke Frost returns in the second row and Tui Uru gets a chance from the off in the number eight jersey.

Key man, Will Maisey is still on the injury list, with former Ampthill fly-half Louis Grimoldby retaining the number 10 shirt, and looking to build on an impressive performance last weekend.

Blues looking for revenge from November defeat

The Pirates are in good form themselves; a 24-24 draw at Richmond the only blemish on their record since November.

They are only four points off the top, with two games in hand over fellow challengers, Jersey Reds and Doncaster Knights although Ealing remain favourites for the title.

The Pirates’ 39-24 victory over the Blues in mid-November helped them into second place in the Championship before Christmas, although a red card on the stroke of half-time did little to aid Blues chances.

However, spirits are high in the Bedford camp after last weekend’s gutsy win at Ealing, and the Goldington Road faithful will be hoping for a similar performance and result this Saturday.

Bedford Blues Starting XV:

15. Rich Lane (C), 14. Matt Worley, 13. Reuben Bird-Tulloch, 12. Joel Matavesi, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Louis Grimoldby, 9. Alex Day; 1. Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 2. Jack Hughes, 3. Osman Dimen, 4. Luke Frost, 5. Jordan Onojaife, 6. Bailey Ransom, 7. Ollie Newman, 8. Tui Uru

Bedford Blues Replacements:

16. Jack Hughes, 17. Joey Conway, 18. Ed Prowse, 19. Oli Stedman, 20. Robin Williams, 21. Joe Atkinson, 22. Connor Tupai, 23. Jamie Elliott

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