Preview: Rayer calls for desire from Blues players ahead of Moseley clash

Luke Baldwin makes his first start since rejoining the Blues. Photos by Michael Paler / Palerimages.com

Luke Baldwin makes his first start since rejoining the Blues. Photos by Michael Paler / Palerimages.com

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Bedford Blues know that their destiny is in their own hands when Moseley pay a visit to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

With just three games remaining in the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season, the Blues will be fighting tooth and nail to get the all important win that will ensure their status in the league.

But Mike Rayer’s men are fully aware that Moseley – who currently sit one place behind the Blues in 11th place – travel to Bedford desperately needing a win of their own to put some much needed space between themselves and bottom placed Plymouth Albion.

The Blues have a good record against their Midland visitors including a 23-15 win at Billesley Common back in January, but form is pretty much out of the window as both teams will be looking to take the game to the opposition as they hunt for the win.

Speaking after the team’s final training session on Thursday night, Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer said: “Our sole focus is on getting our detail right.

“We expect an attitude and desire because that’s what the players have shown all season. Playing at Goldington Road always means a lot to the lads and they feel that they need to put in a performance to reward our loyal supporters.

We expect an attitude and desire because that’s what the players have shown all season.

Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer

“We brought a lot of intensity and ambition at Bristol so that’s something to carry forward as a group.”

Team news sees Luke Baldwin make his first start at scrum half for the Blues since rejoining the club on loan while Justin Blanchet comes into the back row with Paul Tupai moving to the second row replacing the injured Ben Gulliver.

Starting Line-Up:

15. James Pritchard

14. Pat Tapley

13. Mike Le Bourgeois

12. Viliami Hakalo

11. Henry Staff

10. Jake Sharp

9. Luke Baldwin

1. Tom Williams

2. Charlie Clare

3. Phil Boulton

4. Paul Tupai

5. Harry Wells

6. Justin Blanchet

7. Josh Buggea

8. Nick Fenton-Wells (c)

Replacements:

16. TJ Harris

17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo

18. James Currie

19. Mike Howard

20. Hayden Thompson-Stringer

21. Darryl Veenendaal

22. Baden Kerr