Bedford Blues forward coach Martin Hynes believes his side were ‘outplayed and outcoached’ by London Scottish on Saturday.
The team from Richmond managed to secure a bonus point victory over Bedford – a defeat that damages the Blues’ hopes of a top-four finish come the end of the season.
Speaking after the match, Hynes said his side didn’t deploy the game plan they had been working on all week.
He said: “One of the things we talked about was trying to control certain areas. The set-piece was a big one as we knew Scottish have a great set-piece. Yet we didn’t stick to the game-plan and that came back to bite us; it’s really disappointing.
“If I can cut it short we were outcoached and outplayed today – Scottish came and did a job on us on our piece of grass.”
Despite the team’s performances improving around the turn of the year, Saturday’s defeat to Scottish is the Blues’ second in a row in the Greene King IPA Championship.
The result leaves them stranded in sixth position, and Hynes is desperate to see Bedford return to form.
“A lot of lads in there have got to look at themselves in the mirror,” stated Hynes.
“It’s tough this sport; just as you think you’re getting things right you get your legs swiped from underneath you. Before you know it you’re back to Ordinary Joe, and that’s what they (Bedford players) were today; Ordinary Joe.
“Good players get better, but at the moment it feels like we have hit our ceiling.
“Where the boys were a few weeks ago, we haven’t moved forward, in fact we’ve regressed.
“In little moments we’re not a bad side. The problem is when we’re rattled, when we are flustered, when we are a little bit fatigued; we are not good enough to do the things that are good for us.”
He added: “We stick our heads in the sand or do things that aren’t good for us. It’s about sticking to the game-plan and then being able to take the opportunities at hand.”