Injury-hit Bedford Blues are ready to rumble with Rotherham Titans

Bedford Blues in action against Nottingham. Picture (c) June Essex
Bedford Blues in action against Nottingham. Picture (c) June Essex

Bedford Blues will be looking forward to a return to Goldington Road as they prepare to take on Rotherham Titans under the Friday night lights.

The Blues went down 34-27 during a back and forth game in Jersey last Saturday, but more concerning were the number of injuries that were picked up during the encounter.

Michael Le Bourgeois, Sam Blanchet, Ollie Dodge, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo (all concussion), Henry Taylor (ankle) and Phil Boulton (back) are all ruled out of action for Friday’s game.

Rotherham have held the upper hand in recent fixtures so the Blues will have to go some to force a change in fortunes

Looking ahead to Friday’s encounter, Blues backs coach Paul Larkin said: “Despite the obvious setback with injuries, the lads are really upbeat and looking forward to getting out on the pitch.

“To lose six of last week’s starting line-up to injury is an obvious disappointment but we have a good sized squad and it’s a chance for some of the lads to step up and deliver. The back line in particular is full of young and exciting talent.”

Tom Griffiths will make his Bedford Blues debut on Friday night as he starts at inside centre while Alex Lundberg gets his first start in the front row following three replacement appearances and Biyi Alo pulls on a Blues jersey for the first time as he is named on the bench.

Starting line-up:

15. Piers O’Conor

14. George Perkins

13. Henry Staff

12. Tom Griffiths

11. Dean Adamson

10. Jake Sharp

9. Jordan Burns

1. Alex Lundberg

2. Charlie Clare

3. James Currie

4. Mike Howard

5. Mark Flanagan

6. Nick Fenton-Wells (c)

7. Josh Buggea

8. Hayden Thompson-Stringer

Replacements:

16. Tom Williams

17. Biyi Alo

18. Harry Wells

19. Paul Tupai

20. Peter White

21. Myles Dorrian

22. Steffan Jones