Ladies Day battle for Blues as Doncaster seek to overturn losing streak

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They may have shown a return to form with a win against Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend, but the Bedford Blues will have a fight on their hands as Doncaster Knights look to overturn their own spell of bad luck.

Having lost their last three matches in a row, Doncaster’s misery seems all too familiar and they’ll no doubt hope to write the same story as the Blues with an away win at Goldington Road.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Last weekend was a big result for us. We’d gone 14 years not winning at Emerald Headingley so to get that monkey off our back was important. However, returning to winning ways in the Championship following three defeats in as many weeks was even more important and I was proud of the lads for their performance.

“We’ve now got to keep momentum behind us and try to build on last week or it won’t count for nothing – 14 years or not!

“Doncaster have had a tough few weeks and the loss last weekend to Jersey Reds would have been a real hard one to take on home territory. I’m sure the players and coaches are hurting and will want to get a big reaction against us this week so I can’t see either team holding back.”

Bedford make six changes to the team that overcame Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend. Ed Coulson will be on the right wing, Jamie Elliott is at centre and Will Hooley will start at fly half.

Ben Cooper, Ed Taylor and Josh Buggea replace Alex Penny, Will Carrick-Smith and Jack Nay. The full starting line-up is in the video below.

Off the pitch Goldington Road will be turning pink and green for the club’s 11th Ladies Day will be raising cash for Macmillan Cancer Support, with plenty of activities, including an auction for fans to win one of the unique shirts worn by the players on the day.

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