Blues name team to unlock Cross Keys

Ollie Dodge
Ollie Dodge

Bedford Blues head back into British & Irish Cup action this weekend with a trip to South Wales to face Cross Keys at Pandy Park.

When the two teams met at Goldington Road back in October it was the visitors who took the spoils with a stoppage time try which was converted to give Cross Keys a 23-22 win.

Despite losing to Doncaster Knights last Friday, the Blues will be hoping to bounce straight back and gain momentum as they look ahead to a packed Christmas programme.

Bedford will be without Ollie Dodge who has suffered an elbow injury and Joe Vandermolen who is ruled out with a knock to his shoulder while captain Nick Fenton-Wells also faces another couple of weeks on the treatment table following a hamstring injury.

There was better news for prop Billy Moss who is recovering well from knee surgery and could be back in action by Boxing Day.

Blues: 15. James Pritchard (c); 14. Pat Tapley; 13. Mike Le Bourgeois; 12. Henry Staff; 11. Dean Adamson; 10. Jake Sharp; 9. Peter White; 1. Tom Williams; 2. TJ Harris; 3. James Currie; 4. Harry Wells; 5. Ben Gulliver; 6. Justin Blanchet; 7. Josh Buggea; 8. Hayden Thompson-Stringer.

Replacements: 16. Charlie Clare; 17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo; 18. Phil Boulton; 19. Mike Howard; 20. Paul Tupai; 21. Darryl Veenendaal; 22. Jim Wigglesworth.