Blues coach Rayer ready for clash with the Titans

Bedford Blues in action earlier this season. Picture (c) June Essex
Bedford Blues in action earlier this season. Picture (c) June Essex

Bedford Blues head coach Mike Rayer anticipates a number of changes in the squad ahead of Friday’s game against Rotherham titans at Goldington Road.

Bedford’s last fixture against Jersey saw the Blues suffer four injuries throughout the 80 minutes, while prop Camilo Parilli-Ocampo is also expected to be side-lined due to delayed concussion.

Sam Blanchet and Michael Le Bourgeois both suffered concussion in Jersey, and Henry Taylor was also taken off with an ankle injury which will keep him on the side-lines for up to eight weeks.

Mike Rayer said: “The nature of the injuries suffered by Parilli-Ocampo, Blanchet and Le Bourgeois gives us no choice but to rest them ahead of the Rotherham game this Friday, but they will all hopefully be back to full fitness as soon as possible.

“It’s never a good time to pick up so many injuries just from one game, especially so early on in the season, but it’s the nature of the game – we have to accept that and replace them appropriately with the players we have at the club.

“It is times like these that we’re lucky to have the strength in numbers we have at the club. It’s always nice to give game time to players that are up for the test but it’s obviously come within bad circumstances.”

Rotherham Titans travel to Goldington Road on the back of a high scoring away clash against Moseley which saw the Titans win the game by 37 points to 27.

Rotherham currently sit in fourth place in the Greene King IPA championship table with 16 points – exactly the same amount as the Blues – so it looks set to be a hard fought battle between two sides who both want the maximum points on offer.

Rayer added: “Rotherham are a fantastic side and we have a huge amount of respect for them, they’ve been playing fantastically this season so we’re expecting a terrific game of rugby on Friday evening.

“We haven’t always had the easiest of games against Rotherham, with them doing the double over us last season, but we’ve moved on from that and we’re fully focused on the upcoming fixture.

“We’ve been playing some great rugby in recent games so we’re going in to this game with high confidence and hopefully we can come out with yet another victory in front of our home fans.”