Rayer blasts officials after Pirates defeat

Action from Bedford Blues' defeat to Cornish Pirates
Action from Bedford Blues' defeat to Cornish Pirates

Mike Rayer was left aggrieved with poor refereeing decisions after Bedford Blues’ 21-31 defeat to Cornish Pirates on Friday night.

Rayer identified the knock-on in the build up to Craig Holland’s last minute score that prevented the Blues from collecting a losing bonus point, and feels too many decisions are going against his side this season.

“Right at the death there is the most obvious knock-on in the build-up to them scoring a try and the referee doesn’t see it,” he said.

“It was the most blatant of knock-ons and we can’t even get a bonus point out of the game which is as much of a disappointment as anything,” claimed the Bedford head coach.

“It was a similar story at Rotherham when we were denied a bonus point after certain decisions; at (London) Scottish it was another case as we scored a try at the death to win the match but the decision went against us.

“That’s almost what summed up our season as certain decisions go against us. That’s not us feeling sorry for ourselves; you just hope they even themselves out over the season I suppose.”

We had ample of opportunities out there; we were just clumsy and lacked accuracy.

Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer

The Blues rallied in the second half as tries from Vilami Hakalo, Pat Tapley and an earlier penalty try decision looked to have seen a great comeback for the hosts after conceding two tries in the opening eight minutes.

But the former Cardiff Blues player feels more chances were left out there from his side – despite those five pointers.

“We were confident at the break we could turn it around,” he said. “We missed a few opportunities in the first half but we missed even more in the second despite scoring three tries.

“It’s just that accuracy and patience in that kill zone between the try line and their 22, and to not come away with anything after conceding a turnover or a penalty is pretty disappointing.”

He added: “The players were disappointed with that at the end of the day, but it wasn’t from the lack of trying to score tries.

“We had ample of opportunities out there; we were just clumsy and lacked accuracy.”