Rayer fumes at ‘dumb’ Bedford after Warriors loss

Bedford let a big half-time lead slip
Bedford let a big half-time lead slip

Mike Rayer was left ‘hugely disappointed’ after his Bedford Blues side let slip a 17-0 half-time lead on Saturday to league leaders Worcester Warriors at Goldington Road

The Blues were ahead at half time thanks to tries from Viliami Hakalo and Pat Tapley, but the visitors dominated the second half by scoring four tries before going on to win the match 32-17.

This was a scoreline that prevented Bedford from claiming a losing bonus point – something they more than deserved.

“I can’t express my disappointment enough at that because we worked so hard to get ourselves in that position,” said Rayer.

“We were dumb in the second half; straight from kick-off we made an unbelievable error and we kept giving penalties away, dumb penalties.

“We kept giving them a leg up and we deserve what we got from the match; they’re not top of the table for no reason.”

Worcester, who extended their winning run to 22 matches on Saturday, will feel lucky to leave Bedfordshire with five points as they weren’t ahead until the 72nd minute.

Dean Ryan’s side are battling for promotion alongside Bristol this season and both teams have struggled on their visits to Goldington Road.

And according to Bedford backs coach Paul Larkin, Saturday’s defeat was a ‘missed opportunity.’

“Today was absolutely a missed opportunity,” claimed the former Northampton Saints man.

“Our boys performed well against Bristol earlier in the season and again today. The disappointment was today was definitely a missed opportunity.

“They played extremely well but that was through our mistakes in the second half and that was extremely disappointing.

“They’re a good side, but we showed that we can play and compete against a quality side; even when not at our best.”

He added: “We managed to get our noses in front, but to let it go through poor discipline was very disappointing.”