Bedford Blues team manager Rob Crowle was pleased with the sides’ effort during the 42-12 defeat at Worcester Warriors on Friday night.
Tries from Paul Tupai and Dean Adamson weren’t enough for the visitors who fought valiantly throughout, but go home empty handed from a fixture that is likely to be one of the toughest of the season.
Worcester, who will be looking to make an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership this season, ran in six tries and maintained their impressive form so far this campaign with their fifth consecutive victory in the Championship.
Crowle said: ‘We started slowly tonight (Friday) but I felt we recovered pretty well and we’re pleased with the effort we put in.
‘We were disappointed to see Tupai yellow carded because we knew they would come at us when we were a man down – and they certainly did that at the beginning of the second half.
“We had no problem with the card, we were under a lot of pressure and it could have happened a couple of phases before it did; pressure does funny things to teams at times.”
A hat-trick of tries from Mat Gilbert were backed up by scores from Tom Biggs, GJ Van Velze and Max Stelling which ensured victory for a Worcester side who had the luxury of starting England international Ryan Lamb for the first time in six months.
Despite that, Crowle was pleased with the Blues’ performance and is hoping they can continue that when they welcome Yorkshire Carnegie to Goldington Road on Friday night.
“We turned up to Sixways thinking we could get something out of the game.” Crowle explained.
“We knew that if we played at our best and put pressure on Worcester then you never know what will happen as no-one has really put pressure on them yet.
“We showed that a little bit today but it was little mistakes in the red zone that cost us dearly.
“We’ve had a tough week with injuries and it took a while for our boys to get used to each other.
“At the end of the day, Worcester were expected to win and we had nothing to lose and so our boys have given it a good go, which is something we will be hoping to take into our next few matches.”