Caldy RFC will be hoping to earn their second win of the RFU Championship campaign on Saturday as they take on high-fliers, Bedford Blues in the second tier of English Rugby.
Matt Cairns’ men will be disappointed not to have come away with any points after they fought hard during their fixture against Cornish Pirates two weeks ago.
The full-time result was 49-22 to the hosts despite a close first half and a spectacular Will Robinson try which was awarded “Championship Rugby Try of the Week”. Regardless, Caldy’s best efforts were in vain as the Pirates took all the points.
⭐️ TRY OF THE WEEK ⭐️
— Championship Rugby (@Champrugby) November 21, 2023
Despite an opening day loss to Ealing Trailfinders, Bedford Blues have since been in inspired form, taking three wins from their previous three games. They narrowly edged past Cornish Pirates 18-20, then following up with two home drubbings against Hartpury University and Cambridge.
Even though on paper all indications suggest that Bedford should coast to an easy victory, we all know that games are not won on paper.
The previous encounter between the two sides was a shock 36-28 win for Caldy. Back in January when the two sides faced off for the first time ever, Caldy gained the upper hand after tries from Pilgrim, Beer, Aigbokhae, Gourlay, Hearn and Royle, and three conversions from Gourlay.
— Caldy RFC (@CaldyRFC) November 23, 2023
Home advantage may prove to be a decisive factor. Caldy are yet to record a win on the road, with five losses from five games, scoring just 70 points, and conceding 242. However, their home record is much more encouraging, with two wins and two losses from four matches, during which their points conceded only slightly outweighs their points scored 93-106.
Bedford Blues’ home record is superb, and has carried their season thus far, with four dominant home wins from five. However, though their away record is by no means poor, they have lost twice and won twice from five, and have conceded 110 whilst scoring just 72.
The two Championship sides will meet at Paton Field, Thurstaston at 2:00 on Saturday (Dec 2). Tickets are available to be purchased via the Caldy Rugby Club website.