In-form Blues are up for the cup, says Rayer

Blues in action earlier this season
Blues in action earlier this season

Bedford Blues head coach Mike Rayer is confident that his team is fully prepared for Saturday’s British & Irish Cup clash with Ulster A at Goldington Road, writes Daryl Greenland.

Both teams opened their cup campaign with impressive wins and will be looking to push on from that.

Bedford Blues thrashed the Scarlets Selects 35-6 on their away trip to West Wales whilst Ulster defeated Bristol at Ashton Gate 30-5.

Rayer said: “We need to park the victory really quickly and look ahead to our next challenge against Ulster.

“The win against Scarlets last weekend will definitely help with the motivation amongst the squad and it helps just that little bit more that we’re playing at home.

“We’ve done exceptionally well at home this season already in the league and we will look to improve that form and hopefully transfer it over in to the British & Irish Cup campaign.”

Blues tight head prop Biyi Ayo looks to be the only doubt ahead of this weekend’s fixture with a knee injury, sparking huge competition within the squad to fill the remaining positions.

Bedford currently sit first in pool 2, with only a try bonus point separating them from Ulster in second place.

Rayer added: “Ulster fielded a strong squad against Bristol last week and we’re preparing for them to bring the same to Goldington Road this Saturday.

“We’re in a good position at the moment with players coming back in to the side returning from injury and it gives us the opportunity to look at our squad as a whole ahead of a busy period.

“We’ve had the opportunity to rotate in recent weeks and it certainly benefits us giving the players the right amount of game time.”

This weekend’s fixture sees the return of the Blues’ annual ladies day, and the Bedford players are expected to play in all-pink jerseys to celebrate the event.

Selected players shirts being put up for auction, with all proceeds going to the charity.