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Match Preview v Yorkshire Carnegie

Posted: 11th October 2019

The Greene King IPA Championship kicks off this weekend with Bedford Blues heading up to Leeds on Sunday afternoon to face Yorkshire Carnegie at Emerald Headingley.

It’s been a tough start to the 2019/20 campaign for the Blues as they suffered a third defeat in a row last weekend against Ampthill in the Championship Cup, but Bedford will be looking to bounce back against Martyn Wood’s men.​

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Backs Coach Paul Larkin said: “Emerald Headingley is always a tough place to visit, but we had a good result last season and we’ll be looking for much of the same this Sunday.”​

The Blues make a number of changes from the team that lost to Ampthill last weekend with Pat Tapley returning to the wing while Fraser Strachan starts at 12 with Lewis Robling moving to fly half. Two changes in the pack see Oli Curry and Joe Atkinson starting at six and seven. Saracens scrum half Alex Day is named on the Blues bench as cover for the injured James Lennon.​

Starting Line-Up:​
15. Rich Lane​
14. Pat Tapley​
13. Matt Worley​
12. Fraser Strachan​
11. Ryan Hutler​
10. Lewis Robling​
9. Grayson Hart​

1. Sean McCarthy (c)​
2. Robbie Smith​
3. Henry Paul​
4. Jordan Onojaife​
5. Will Carrick Smith​
6. Oli Curry​
7. Joe Atkinson​
8. Huw Worthington​

16. Andrew Boye​
17. Joe Wrafter​
18. Karl Garside​
19. Ed Taylor​
20. Josh Buggea​
21. Alex Day​
22. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas​
23. Ed Coulson

Turnstile Opening Time - Entry is via St Michaels Lane Turnstiles only and these will open at 2pm. Cash turnstiles will be available on match day.

Ticket Office - Leeds Rugby Ticket Office will open from 1pm on match day for ticket sales and collections.

Ticket Prices - Tickets are priced at £15 for Adults, £10 for Concessions (Senior Citizens 65 & over and students) and Juniors (16 and under) will be free. Tickets for matches will be for general admission and will allow access to sit in the unreserved seating areas in the North Stand (along the side of the pitch - excludes the Directors’ Box seating) or stand in the Extentia Terrace (behind the posts, undercover). The wheelchair area is in front of the Extentia Terrace behind the posts. Disabled supporters are entitled to a concession priced ticket and a free companion ticket upon production of the necessary disabled and companion ID.

How to buy tickets in advance – Tickets can be purchased online via , by contacting the ticket office Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or Saturdays 9am-12noon