Two of the Championship’s most in-form teams come head-to-head this Saturday as second placed Bedford Blues entertain Doncaster Knights at Goldington Road.
The Blues go into the game on the back of five straight wins that have seen them cement their place in second but still trail leaders Worcester by six points.
Doncaster are also in impressive form after winning five of their last six and will be confident going into their clash following an impressive 36-13 over Bristol.
Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer said: “Doncaster beat us here last year so they’ll be confident and they won’t fear anything coming here. We have to be fully focused and not complacent to get a result.
“They’ve probably got the strongest pack in the league and some pace behind with the powerful back three along with some nice half-backs so all round they’re strong.”
Last week, Bedford put in a clinical display to cruise past Esher, scoring eight tries in a dominant performance. “I don’t want to go overboard but we put some good phases together and we finished off some nice tries,” continued Rayer.
“It was a bit too easy in the end, I would have liked a harder test going into the Doncaster game but you can only beat what’s put in front of you.”
The Blues will be without winger Ollie Dodge, who is suffering from a hamstring problem, Edd Thrower and club captain James Pritchard while Doncaster have no fresh injury concerns.
Bedford narrowly beat Doncaster in the meeting earlier this season after Myles Dorrian scored a late try and another intense battle will be expected.
Rayer also insisted that he is not getting carried away with his sides impressive form, adding: “We’re not looking at anybody else, just concentrating on ourselves and the opposition the week ahead because the minute you start looking at league tables that’s when it starts to go wrong.