Bedford Blues centre Henry Staff thinks there are plenty of positives for the side to take from their 15-17 defeat to Doncaster Knights on Friday night.
The two-point defeat ends the Blues’ chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup, but Staff sees the positive side.
“The performance tonight (Friday) was much better than that of last week, which is what we came out to do,” he said.
“We stuck at it until the end, but we couldn’t quite nick the result.
“We were at it from minute one this week really, we had that never say die attitude, battling right up until the last minute there.
“We turned them over but it just didn’t happen for us this week – on another day we could have snuck it at the end, but it’s just one of those things.”
The Blues were always chasing their visitors on the score board, as they were trailing from the third minute.
Tries from Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Henry Staff were the highlights of a performance that, despite in defeat, was far greater than that of last week at Cornish Pirates.
Bedford now go into matches at Cross Keys next week and Pirates at home before Christmas knowing they’re out, but Staff identifies the importance of improving in the next two weeks.
“We didn’t turn up last week but this we did,” he said. “This competition hasn’t been too kind to us but it’s an important learning curve.
“We’re still learning as a team and this week is a vast improvement on the last performance.
“There is plenty to build on before out trip to Cross Keys next week. We squandered opportunities in their half, areas that we will be looking to improve this week.
“We will take the positives out of this game, as there a few, and look to continue to improve.
“We try and go out to win everything here at Bedford, and that won’t change this week.’
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