Blues looking to continue 100% home record against the Knights

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Mike Rayer has named his team as Bedford Blues look to maintain their 100% record at home in 2020 when Doncaster Knights visit Goldington Road tomorrow.

Hartpury, Jersey Reds and Coventry have all been defeated in Bedford this decade, however they will face a difficult test against Clive Griffiths’ outfit who have also undergone a resurgence since the New Year.



Director of Rugby, Rayer, has made six changes to his starting side, including a welcome return for Dan Temm after an enforced absence.

Temm’s inclusion makes up part of an entirely new back row as Joe Atkinson and Alafoti Fa’osiliva return. There is a slight reshuffle in the forwards with Oli Curry moving into the second row, while Alex Penny has recovered from a back injury to start at tighthead prop.

The final two changes come in the backs division as Rich Lane makes a return from illness at full-back and Grayson Hart is named at scrum-half as James Lennon misses out with a hamstring injury.

There are spaces on the bench for Northampton Saints dual-registered duo Devante Onojaife and Fraser Strachan. Unfortunately key players Will Hooley (concussion) and Dean Adamson (fingers) remain on the side lines through injury.

Starting XV:

15           Rich Lane
14           Ryan Hutler
13           Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas
12           Lewis Robling
11           Matt Worley
10           Sam Leeming
9             Grayson Hart
1             Sean McCarthy (C)
2             Robbie Smith
3             Alex Penny
4             Jordan Onojaife
5             Oli Curry
6             Dan Temm
7             Joe Atkinson
8             Alafoti Fa’osiliva

Replacements:

16           Jacob Fields
17           Joe Wrafter
18           Henry Paul
19           Will Carrick Smith
20           Devante Onojaife
21           Huw Worthington
22           Fraser Strachan
23           Ed Coulson

Words by Ryan Robinson


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