1st XV News

Bedford Blues put in one heck of a performance against league leaders London Irish on Saturday afternoon but the Exiles managed to hang on to pick up a 23-26 win.

Tries from Ryan Hutler and Lewis Robling plus 13 points form the boot of Jake Sharp ensured a losing bonus point was picked up, but London Irish went home with five in the bag thanks to a brace of tries in each half.

See match reaction and all the tries here

Bedford will be hoping it’s fourth time lucky this weekend as they welcome league leaders London Irish to Goldington Road.
 
The two sides have already met three times this season with the Exiles having come out on top in each occasion so far, but Bedford head into the game hoping to continue the form which hasn’t seen them taste defeat at home in the league since September.
 

The Blues return home this Saturday 9th February in Championship action against league leaders and champions elect London Irish in a top of the table clash (KO 3pm). Book online discounted tickets here.

Bedford currently sit in third place, but 16 points adrift of the rampant Exiles, a victory for the home side could however cut the gap to 11 points and bring pressure on to Declan Kidney’s charges. 

Bedford Blues crashed out of the Championship Cup on Sunday afternoon as they were well beaten by Yorkshire Carnegie at Emerald Headingley.

A first half blitz from the hosts saw them lead 26-0 at the interval and despite second half tries from Ryan Hutler and Pat Tapley, the hosts equalled the scoring to seal a 38-14 win and a place in the final four.

Carnegie got the game off to a near perfect start as they dominated the ball and scored within five minutes. Jacob Umaga sent a kick high in the air which Elijah Nike gathered. He sprinted forward before the ball came out to Richard Mayhew who scored with Umaga adding the extras.

Bedford Blues make the trip up to Yorkshire Carnegie this weekend looking for a semi-final spot in the Championship Cup.

Following what can only be described as one of the most thrilling games of Championship rugby against Coventry last weekend, Bedford have regathered their breath and will be looking for another victory to send them into the final four of the cup.

Goldington Road will be opening its gates on Wednesday 10th April 2019 for the return of the annual Mobbs Memorial Match as Bedford Blues prepare to go into battle against The British Army (Kick Off 7:45pm).

Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO - a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I - died during the Third Battle of Ypres while attacking a machine gun post.

Rugby fans were treated to an extraordinary fixture at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues beat Coventry in a 15 try thriller that finished 53-52.

While both teams defences have a fair few questions to answer, lightning attacks were the theme of the afternoon with Bedford pinching the win at the death thanks to a Ryan Hutler try deep in stoppage time.

See all the scores from the game plus the views of Rich Lane and Charlie Clare here.

Bedford Blues are sad to announce that scrum half, coach and former England international Lee Dickson has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

Following a glittering career that has included 18 England caps plus Premiership and LV=Cup winners medals, Dickson will be passing on his vast knowledge of the game as he takes up the role of ‘Master in charge of Rugby’ at Barnard Castle School in County Durham - the school that both he and his brother Karl attended.

Bedford Blues make seven changes to their starting line-up as they prepare to face Coventry in Round 13 of the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon.

After a hugely attritional encounter in Jersey last weekend, the Blues have refreshed things up on the field as they look for an immediate return to winning ways in front of their home fans.

But there are no easy games in the Championship and Bedford know that they are in for a huge challenge against a Coventry team who head into the game off the back of an impressive win over Cornish Pirates and who picked up a win over the Blues back in September.

The Blues will be looking to make a return to winning ways this Saturday 26th January when they welcome old rivals Coventry Rugby to Goldington Road in the Greene King IPA Championship (KO 3pm).

Following a tough encounter in the Channel Islands last weekend, the Blues now sit five points behind Jersey going into Round 13. A win for Mike Rayer’s men could see them draw back alongside the Reds who travel to league leaders London Irish on Sunday. 

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