Bedford Blues second row stalwart Alex Rae praised the way his side overcame the tricky conditions to beat Rotherham Titans 22-16 on Boxing Day, writes Michael Hann.
Torrential rain meant the game was more for the purists as both sides were reduced to scoring penalties in the first half.
Nevertheless, the Blues overcame the conditions in the second half to record their sixth-straight victory.
Speaking afterwards, Rae said: “I am really pleased to get the four points against a tough team like Rotherham.
“It probably wasn’t the prettiest game we have ever played but we have shown another part of our game, which we brought out in the conditions.
“The lineout went well, the forwards really toughed up and Jake (Sharp) put us in the right areas.”
The Blues went into the half time break trailing 9-6, but Rae says his side were always confident of getting the victory.
“We always back our fitness and back ourselves,” he said. “Fair play to Rotherham they are a tough old team.
“But I think second half we really controlled the game and we put down a good marker as a set of forwards.
“We know we are not nearly the finished article in that area but we worked really hard all week and I suppose we got some rewards.
“We have just got to keep working hard in the same areas and keep improving that part of the game.”
An impressive 4,418 fans came out to watch them triumph over their South Yorkshire opposition and Rae paid tribute to them.
“We were expecting a good crowd and Mike (Rayer) was talking about how good a Boxing Day fixture is,” he continued.
“Credit to the fans they turned out in numbers on a pretty miserable day and hopefully they have gone away happy with our performance.”
Next up for the Blues are London Scottish and Rae is expecting another tricky encounter after they ran Newcastle close in their previous game.
“Everyone has seen against Newcastle what a tough team they (London Scottish) are,” he added.
“There is no way we will switch off and expect anything other than a really tough fixture.”