Peter Richards Predicts Bedford Backlash

19th September 2014

London Scottish backs coach Peter Richards has refused to read into Bedford Blues’ early season form ahead of Saturday’s Battle of The Blues at Richmond Athletic Ground, 3pm kick-off.

Bedford currently prop up the Greene King IPA Championship table whilst the Scots are the early pacesetters at the top.

However Richards has warned his charges to expect a physical backlash from the Goldington Road outfit this weekend.

The former England World Cup star said: “Bedford will come down looking to upset us and we have got to be ready for a physical encounter.

“They were on the end of a backlash from Rotherham's loss here and I expect us to get a reaction from Bedford.

“They probably didn't show up as physically as they would have liked last week. That doesn't happen very often two weeks in a row.

“I saw the game last year against Bedford and they are a very physical team. We only won the game narrowly in the last five minutes.

“But we are in a good position after two good wins and we will look to attack Bedford and score tries.”

London Scottish make three changes to the side which beat Cornish Pirates last weekend.

Dan Newton returns at stand-off with Harlequins dual-registered lock Sam Twomey replacing the injured James Phillips.

In the front row, prop Max Maidment will make his first competitive start for London Scottish coming in for Ben Prescott.

The full interview with Peter Richards can be viewed on LSTV here

Listen to Neil Best's audio interview here

Match tickets for Saturday's home clash against Bedford Blues, 3pm kick-off, can be bought here and start at just £12 for members and £15 for non-members (Clan, 

standing tickets) with Under-16s able to get into the ground for FREE (Clan, standing tickets).

If you have a Richmond Card you can watch any London Scottish home match this season for just £10 (Clan, standing tickets).

Fans are encouraged to bring along their treasures on Saturday, September 20 with Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland's oldest firm of auctioneers, staging a free valuation session from 11.30am ahead of the clash with Bedford Blues.

London Scottish squad to face Bedford Blues: 15, Peter Lydon; 14, Matt Williams; 13, Mike Doneghan; 12, PJ Gidlow; 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Jamie Stevenson; 1, James Hallam; 2, Adam Kwasnicki; 3, Max Maidment; 4, Sam Twomey; 5, Adam Preocanin; 6, Neil Best; 7, Chevvy Pennycook; 8, Mark Bright (c).
Replacements: 16, Mark Lilley; 17, David Cherry; 18, Stewart Maguire; 19, Tai Tuisamoa; 20, Gregor Gillanders; 21, Sam Stuart; 22, Lee Millar.

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