Blues ring the changes for trip to Rotherham

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Bedford Blues head up the M1 to Rotherham on Saturday afternoon in search of their first Championship victory of 2017.

A fortnight has passed since Bedford’s disappointing outing in South West London when they slumped to a 49-26 against Richmond and the Blues are keen to get back out on the field to right the wrongs.

The two teams met at Goldington Road back in October with Bedford winning the game 17-16. Tries for Dean Adamson and Jacob Fields put a nice shine on the win, but it was the defensive display from the entire squad that ensured that the Blues secured the victory and much of the same will be needed this weekend.

Director of rugby Mike Rayer make seven changes to the team that was soundly beaten by Richmond a fortnight ago as Elliot Clement-Hill, Piers O’Conor and Tom Whiteley all return to the backs while Byron Hodge, Paul Tupai and Ben Adams start up front.

Starting line-up:

15. Elliot Clement-Hill

14. Pat Tapley

13. Piers O’Conor

12. Ollie Dodge

11. Dean Adamson

10. Myles Dorrian (c)

9. Tom Whiteley

1. Hayden Thompson-Stringer

2. Dan George

3. Ben Cooper

4. Jordan Onojaife

5. Byron Hodge

6. Paul Tupai

7. Ben Adams

8. Jason Hill

Replacements:

16. Jacob Fields

17. Camillo Parilli-Ocampo

18. Billy Walker

19. Ed Taylor

20. Justin Blanchet

21. Jordan Burns

22. Jake Sharp