White warning for Blues following Knights defeat

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Bedford Blues scrum-half Peter White recognises the need to play ‘80 minutes rugby’ after a strong second-half performance on Saturday wasn’t enough to prevent a 36-20 defeat at Doncaster Knights.

The British and Irish Cup defeat was created in the first half when poor individual tackling allowed the hosts to score four tries to Bedford’s one, and put the match out of reach for the visitors from the early stages.

White said: “We fell off a few tackles in the first half which allowed them to gain momentum and score those four tries.

“It’s very frustrating. We came here knowing that Doncaster gained two bonus point wins from their first two games and we knew what we were in for, but you have to switch on mentally and today (Saturday) we didn’t do that.”

Despite tries from Jim WIgglesworth, Paul Tupai and Pat Tapley; Bedford left Castle Park without a bonus point and must win their remaining three matches in the pool to stand any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

However, the Blues’ second half performance, where they outscored their hosts by two tries to one, is something that White believes the team can take forward.

He added: “A few stern words were said at half-time and we put a few things right in the second half. We may have won that half on the scoreboard, but we know there are plenty of things to work on in the next few weeks, and that’s what we’ll be striving to do.”