MATCH PREVIEW V JERSEY

Bedford Blues will be crossing the Channel as they prepare for a Valentine’s Day rendezvous with Jersey on Saturday afternoon at St Peter (Kick Off 3pm)..

A patient and controlled performance against Plymouth Albion last weekend saw the Blues run in five tries during a bonus point victory over the Championship’s bottom side and a return to winning ways for Bedford.

Trips to Jersey have never been easy encounters and while the Blues will be expecting a warm welcome off the field, they know that they will have to be at their best to leave the island with anything, especially as the hosts are unbeaten in three having picked up a hard fought draw at Clifton Lane against Rotherham Titans last weekend.

Bedford and Jersey shared six tries - and three yellow cards - when the two sides met at Goldington Road in round 5, but it was the Blues who prevailed on that day 25-20. The Blues will be hoping for a similar outcome this weekend if they are to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer makes just three changes to the side that beat Plymouth with Henry Staff starting at centre, Steffan Jones coming in at fly half and Josh Buggea getting the nod at blindside flanker.

Starting Line-Up:

15. Baden Kerr
14. Pat Tapley
13. Mike Le Bourgeois
12. Henry Staff
11. James Pritchard
10. Steffan Jones
9. Darryl Veenendaal

1. Billy Moss
2. TJ Harris
3. Phil Boulton
4. Mike Howard
5. Harry Wells
6. Josh Buggea
7. Nick Fenton-Wells (c)
8. Joe Vandermolen

Replacements:

16. Charlie Clare
17. Tom Williams
18. James Currie
19. Ben Gulliver
20. Paul Tupai
21. Pete White
22. Jake Sharp

Next Home Match

Saturday 27th October
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
3.00pm

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