Pritchard wary of relegation as individual errors prove costly

Darryl Veenedaal goes over for Blues
Darryl Veenedaal goes over for Blues

Bedford Blues full-back James Pritchard has warned his team-mates of relegation if performances don’t improve after they lost 42-15 at home to Rotherham Titans on 
Saturday.

The visitors scored eight tries compared to Bedford’s two, and the result means the Blues are yet to collect a point in the Greene King IPA Championship after two matches.

Pritchard said: “I think you can see it’s individual errors; one-off missed tackles, handling errors, dropping the ball before we can get to the line, losing the ball into contact, loose carries getting stripped; look it’s just not good enough at this level.

“If we keep playing like that we’re going to end up in National 1, because at the moment that’s the standard we’re playing at – it’s not Championship rugby.

“We all need to have a good look at ourselves in the mirror, because when we get it right as a team we can show some outstanding stuff.

“It’s just too many times an individual switches off and it costs the team.”

The Canadian international scored a try for the Blues alongside Darryl Veenendaal, but they never looked like winning the match after conceding a string of first half tries.

Pritchard added: “Some of the tries they scored came too easily, there was too much miscommunication in defence and guys just not playing their role; it’s letting the team down.”

Bedford now have two consecutive away fixtures in the Championship and Pritchard, who is in his testimonial year with the club, is hoping for an improvement.

“Next week needs to be a step up,” he warned.

“At Nottingham we made so many mistakes and let them back in, today (Saturday) the penalty count wasn’t too bad.

“However it’s those missed opportunities and errors that cost us: missed tackles one on one, losing the ball into contact, getting held up; it’s those simple things that win you rugby matches and we need to improve that.

“In the mean time we need to put our hands up, take a good look in the mirror and concentrate on our own game – that way we will improve collectively.”