Bedford Blues fly-half Jake Sharp believes Saturday’s 36-20 defeat to Doncaster was down to ‘one side taking their chances and the other not.’
Doncaster, who have a maximum of 15 points from their three British and Irish Cup matches, blitzed Bedford by racing into a 19-3 lead after just 27 minutes.
Sharp said: “It was a tough match, we were much better in the second half than the first. Credit must go to Donny though as it was a really good performance by them; they’re a team with momentum and it showed with the way they finished their chances.
“Their finishing skills in the first half showed why they are top of our pool with maximum points.
“We were working hard in their 22 but ultimately coming away with no points. However we’re still a young side, we will learn from today and we will look to move on.”
Sharp added: “It’s hugely frustrating we couldn’t come away with a bonus point or something from our efforts. We were desperately trying for it at the end but it didn’t arrive.
“Today we scored tries on the width and through the forwards, but if we can get a little bit more clinical in those multiple phase plays we will be a really dangerous side.
“We’ve proved we’re a really hard side to play already but we know we can improve. Our second half performance showed that and that’s what we will take into our next match in two weeks.”
Bedford now have a week off from action, but a Championship XV squad, including Nick Fenton-Wells and Charlie Clare, take on James Pritchard’s Canada at Sixways on Sunday.
The Blues’ next match is at Sixways when they face Worcester Warriors in league action, something Sharp is looking forward to.
“It’s going to be a huge clash in two weeks back in the league,” he said. “We’ll look to learn our lessons from the last three weeks, take them forward into the league and push on again – hopefully getting back to winning ways.”