Bedford Blues must rectify their ‘basic errors’ if they are to avoid defeat against Plymouth Albion on Saturday, writes Michael Hann.
Director of rugby Mike Rayer will welcome back Jake Sharp and James Stephenson for the visit of Albion this weekend.
However, he is likely to be without prop Ricky Reeves who is waiting to hear what suspension he could face from the RFU after being red-carded against Jersey.
And Rayer is yet to make a decision on the side he will put out on Saturday after his team’s showing against Jersey.
He said: “I haven’t really decided yet, I am still spinning a few plates.
“A couple of weeks ago a few players played well, but they didn’t play so well last week.
“Prior to that some players were performing well but they didn’t play well against Nottingham.
“It seems that every third week we are picking a player on form but he doesn’t play well that week – it is a weird conundrum.”
Plymouth have been a revelation in the Championship this season having won four of their first five games and, although Rayer is expecting another fiercely contested battle, he is more focused on improving his side’s performance.
“I haven’t started thinking about Plymouth at this stage,” he admitted. “I’ve got to put last week’s game to bed and then we will focus on it.
“It is as much about us. If you are making 30-odd errors and missing tackles then we need to fix our own house regardless of what Plymouth will bring.
“It could be anyone coming here on Saturday, if we make that amount of errors we are not going to win the game.
“We have got to smarten up and play with a bit more intensity and make sure we hold on to the ball.”
Bedford looked to be in control against Jersey as they stormed into a 29-0 lead, but they allowed the home side back into the match and the Blues boss is looking for improvements on Saturday.
He added: “Our error count was ridiculously high, coupled with missed tackles and poor ball presentation.
“Throw them all in the mix and you have got close on 50 occasions where we didn’t execute what we wanted to do.
“I have no problems with the boys’ attitude, we just almost beat ourselves with the amount of errors in our game.
“But we are in a great position in the league and we understand that we have got to keep working hard and improving.
“We are going to get dips in form and you have probably seen that in the last few weeks. Now we have got to go about getting back to basics and build again.”