Rayer is left to rue Blues loss at Rotheram

Paul Tupai in action for the Blues earlier this season
Paul Tupai in action for the Blues earlier this season

Blues coach Mike Rayer was left disappointed with his side’s 34-19 loss to Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday.

With the sides only separated by a point in the table prior to kick-off, Bedford were unable to climb above their hosts as they suffered defeat for the first time this calendar year

The visitors got off to the worst possible start, conceding two tries inside the opening seven minutes.

However Rayer’s side showed character to fight back in the first half and enter half-time just three points behind; as both teams scored three tries apiece.

Yet the second half proved to be a struggle for the visitors as they were unable to score a point – with the terrible conditions playing a huge part.

Titans managed to play the weather better and scored two more tries of their own, securing a bonus point win that keeps alive their hopes of a top -four finish and damages the Blues’ hopes of gate- crashing the end of season play-offs.

Speaking after the match, Rayer said: “It was tough conditions out there, especially in that second half.

“We did well to get back in the game having conceded points early on; I’m pleased with how the boys applied themselves in that respect.

“We fought hard, but Rotherham deserved it on the day. Their offloading was good in those conditions and they scored some good tries as a result of that, which cost us.

“It is disappointing to leave here empty-handed, we had some good field position; especially a couple of driving line-out opportunities. However they defended well and we can’t really complain.”

Rayer’s side’s next fixture is two weeks from now, when they welcome third placed London Scottish to Goldington Road in the Greene King IPA Championship.