Bedford Blues head coach Mike Rayer highlighted poor discipline as the main reason behind his team’s 19-10 opening day defeat at Nottingham.
Nottingham fly-half Will Maisey kicked four penalties compared to Bedford’s one, and that stat ultimately decided the match.
Both teams managed a try each, but Nottingham’s score came while the Blues were down to 14 men with Harry Wells in the sin bin.
Rayer said: “I couldn’t be more disappointed really, our discipline was awful; it was what cost us the match.
“The match was a non-event really, both sides made an unbelievable amount of errors in greasy conditions. Everyone can live with skill error in those conditions, but they didn’t have to work hard for their points.
“We did a lot of good stuff in the game, particularly in defence; we spent a lot of time without the ball and defended magnificently at times.
“Yet someone would give away a penalty and it’s three points, while the consequence of a sin-bin is seven points, so we’ve only got ourselves to blame really. Nottingham took their chances and that’s the story of the game.”
During the first half, Nathan Earle was stretchered off with a leg injury, later confirmed to be an Achilles injury.
Rayer added: ‘Earle looks like he has snapped his Achilles – he slipped when no-one was around him and sadly these things happen.
“It’s really disappointing for the kid because he has been fantastic since he has come to us.
“I’m sure he’ll get the best medical treatment and hopefully will come back soon as he has a big future ahead of him.”