Way back in history I reported on the Bedford Blues as a proud Bedfordian and to us this fixture meant as much as Saints/Tigers does at Franklin’s Gardens.
Today as a proud Northamptonian I see this fixture somewhat differently although I still have a soft spot for the club where I first saw the top level game being played.
There is now a partnership between the teams that allows players to move between them to gain experience, progression and game time.
However that did not stop this being a lively encounter in which Bedford showed they have scoring options.
Pictures by Dave Ikin
SAINTS: Ramm, Skosan, Proctor, Litchfield, Collins, Arden, James; E Waller, Haywood, Hill, Salakaia-Loto, Coles, Scott-Young, Irvine, Graham
Replacements: Iyogun, A Waller, Smith, Fish, Petch, Heffernan, Atuanya, Moon, Sylvester, Patten, Braley, J Grayson, Matavesi, Kean, Hendy
BLUES: Worley, French, Elliott, E Grayson, Adamson, Le Bourgeois, Day (c); Conway, Hughes, Barrett, Onojaife, Woolford, Frost, Arthur, Uru
Replacements: Royston, Prowse, Williams, Rylands, Garside, Tapley, Apps, Coulson