MATCH PREVIEW V BRISTOL

Bedford Blues will be hoping to continue the Christmas celebrations when they welcome table-topping Bristol to Goldington Road on Boxing Day for a huge festive clash.
 
A bumper crowd is expected at the game with the Blues looking to continue their recent good form but they will face their sternest test of the season against Andy Robinson's men who are yet to taste defeat.
 
It was four years ago that the two sides met on the same date and on that encounter Bedford Blues fans helped to clear four inches of snow from the pitch before Mike Rayer's men went on to win the game 39-22.
 
Looking ahead to the game, Rayer said: “There’s a real buzz around about this game, the players are excited and the whole town is talking about it. 

"Our task is a pretty big one and our focus and concentration has to be spot on. Our aim is to be 100 per cent accurate in our skills, force some pressure and who knows where that might take us. 

"There is one thing for sure, there will be lot passion on show as the lads can’t wait to get out there and play in front of a big partisan home crowd.”
 
Starting Line-Up:
 
15. James Pritchard (c)
14. Pat Tapley
13. Michael Le Bourgeois
12. Viliame Hakalo
11. Dean Adamson
10. Jake Sharp
9. Darryl Veenendaal
 
1. Tom Williams
2. Charlie Clare
3. Phil Boulton
4. Harry Wells
5. Ben Gulliver
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Josh Buggea
8. Paul Tupai
 
Replacements:
 
16. TJ Harris
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. James Currie
19. Mike Howard
20. Joe Vandermolen
21. Peter White
22. Ollie Dodge

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Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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