Bedford Blues will be hoping to make it two on the bounce when they head West to face Cornish Pirates in the Greene King IPA Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the two sides are always hotly contested affairs with score lines usually being separated by just a handful of points. Bedford will also be looking to continue the form that saw them overcome Yorkshire Carnegie 15-10 in front of a large Goldington Road crowd under the Friday night lights.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s encounter Blues Team Manager Rob Crowle, said: “This weekend will be a huge challenge for us as the Pirates will be pretty desperate for some league points. Games between the two sides have always been keenly contested and we’re anticipating an extra warm welcome this time around. Preparations have gone well so far this week and the lads are all looking forward to this tough trip to the Mennaye.

The Blues are without Captain Nick Fenton-Wells who suffered a knock in the early stages of the game against Carnegie but Joe Vandermolen, who also went off during the match, is fit to start. The backs stay the same for the trip to Penzance while Ben Gulliver starts in the second row, Paul Tupai moved to blindside and captains the team while Josh Buggea starts at openside.

Starting line-up:

15. Jim Wigglesworth
14. Pat Tapley
13. Ollie Dodge
12. Viliami Hakalo
11. Dean Adamson
10. Jake Sharp
9. Darryl Veenendaal
1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
2. Charlie Clare
3. Phil Boulton
4. Mike Howard
5. Ben Gulliver
6. Paul Tupai (c)
7. Josh Buggea
8. Joe Vandermolen
16. TJ Harris
17. Tom Williams
18. Harry Wells
19. Hayden Thompson-Stringer
20. Justin Blanchet
21. Peter White
22. Henry Staff

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road