Bedford Blues defence coach Ian Vaas is pleased with how they’re becoming difficult to beat after their 15-10 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Friday night.
In a match that was nervy and tense, the hosts’ defence was outstanding in repelling Yorkshire and earning a valuable league win, their first victory in five weeks.
Vaas said: “This win wasn’t very pretty but tactically we were very good. Our half-backs were outstanding in the way they controlled the game, kicking us into all the right places.
“From our analysis we knew they were going to run a lot, and our chasing down was very organised, especially in the second half.
“They ended up running out of energy because of our good territory game and you could see in the last 15 minutes we controlled the game.
“Our scrum stepped up again late on and we managed to win penalties from that, meaning we weren’t under great pressure late on.
“Our general enthusiasm to tackle was also very pleasing, and as a result we managed to get the win that should help build our confidence.”
Tries from Darryl Veenendaal and Jim Wigglesworth were enough for victory for Bedford who leap-frogged their Yorkshire opponents in the league table.
Despite what the score board suggests, Mike Rayer’s side never looked like losing the match late on –unlike what happened against Cross Keys in their last home match, and that is something Vaas is delighted with.
“Having been in the lead in previous games we haven’t looked tactically astute, but today (Friday) we showed that.”
“He added: “We’ve talked a lot about our game management and that’s why this win is so pleasing.
“We forced them to play a long way from our line and our dominance in the scrum and line-out allowed us to keep them at arm’s length.
“Against Cross Keys we continued to try and play and at that point you have to realise that you’re in the lead and you can’t lose, and that’s what we did today.
“Our defence has been very good in patches so far this season, but hopefully you can see we’re slowly getting it as a team and becoming a hard team to play against.
“We are obviously still making mistakes but we are now covering them better. We want to be a hard side to beat at first, and then we can build on our attacking play and become a good side to watch, but to do that you need confidence and that’s why wins like these are important.”