Bedford Blues forward coach Martin Hynes was delighted with the team’s character during Saturday’s 36-30 defeat to London Scottish in Richmond.
Bedford fought back from 26-13 down at the break by scoring three second half tries and securing two bonus points to move off of the foot of the Greene King IPA Championship table.
The visitors were inches away from grabbing victory in the closing stages but Paul Tupai was adjudged to have had his try scoring effort held up.
Hynes said: “I thought we were fantastic today; it went right down to the wire.
“I thought we had done enough to win it and Tupai feels he grounded the ball, but those decisions are out of our control.
“We could have easily given up after the opening 20 minutes, but we stuck at it and showed great character.
“The players brought that never say die attitude into the game and that’s what they have to bring every week; if they can do that then I’m sure we will go a long way to having a reasonable season.”
Much of Bedford’s play was built around their ability to run the ball with pace and purpose – something the London Scottish defence was struggling to cope with.
Tries from James Pritchard, Pat Tapley, Mike Le Bougeois and debutante Dean Adamson kept the visitors within touching distance of the league leaders throughout, and that is something Hynes was pleased to see.
“We knew we would be under the pump at times and instead of going to the corner and ploughing away, we wanted to have a little fight and that’s what the players did.”
Hynes added: “We fought and scrapped for everything and that’s why I’m so proud of them. Technically and tactically we’re not where we should be at the moment, but we can move forward.
“As coaches that’s our job to fix those up, but there are plenty of positives to take from this defeat as we go forward.”