Larkin calls for Blues patience following pre-season loss at Ealing

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Bedford backs coach Paul Larkin feels patience is required with all the new Blues recruits following their pre-season defeat at Ealing on Saturday.

Larkin said: “With all the new players it’s difficult to judge after just a couple of games as to where they’re going to fit in over the coming weeks.

“I do feel there’s a lot for the new guys to learn and to understand, and as a coaching staff we have to be patient and build things slowly.

“If we do our basics right then we’ll be able to compete with any side.”

Blues put in a decent display against Ealing but came up short at Vallis Way, losing the clash 34-25.

Larkin felt there were periods of good play but the Blues didn’t hit the ground running.

“In any pre-season game there are a lot of players trying to impress and, as a consequence, some of it is slightly misguided,” he said.

“I felt that in the first 15 to 20 minutes we were slightly impetuous and trying to put the big hits in.

“We didn’t hold the system as well as we should have done and they took advantage of that.

“In the last 20 minutes of the first half, though, we got some control. We showed that if we can hold the ball and go through the phases and play with some momentum, we can break sides.

“We scored a great try through Nathan Earle down in the corner; the forwards showed some dominance off the lineout and the systems were going well.

“I thought it was a game in which we conceded a couple of poor scores which we’ll hope to eradicate this week when we review the game and analyse what went on.”

Larkin added: “I feel in the first 20 of that second half we showed some composure but obviously they came back into it and it was disappointing.”

Blues round up their pre-season with the arrival of Premiership neighbours Saracens on Friday, and Larkin expects a different approach for the match up at Goldington Road.

“Obviously when you play Premiership finalists you’re going to be up against it and I’ve no doubt the players will bring a positive outlook in their approach,” he said.

“I just felt today that we weren’t quite on our game early enough and against Saracens we will have to be on our game from the word go or we’ll be up against it.”