Tapley: Blues ‘awful’ at times in defeat to Nottingham

Blues winger Pat Tapley bagged a brace of tries against Nottingham
Blues winger Pat Tapley bagged a brace of tries against Nottingham

Blues winger Pat Tapley was left disappointed as his side failed to sign off the season with a win in front of 2,517 fans at Goldington Road.

Tapley was speaking on Saturday after the Blues lost 17-26 to fifth placed Nottingham, and even though the winger bagged two tries for himself, he was left frustrated after the final whistle.

“Yeah it was unfortunate; there were some elements of really good rugby and it looks like we’ll do really well, and then there are too many sections where it’s just awful,” said the ex-Cambridge man.

“Hats off to Nottingham, they had a game plan and it worked. We’ll have to look at keeping possession for longer periods, because when we go through phases, that’s when we look good.”

The Blues entered the break 15-3 down and, although Tapley’s brace brought them to within just three points on the hour mark, the hosts left themselves too much to do against a Nottingham outfit who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the play-offs.

Of the 34 tries Bedford have scored this season, of which Tapley accounts for 15, 23 have come after the interval.

The Followers’ player of the season is unable to pin-point why that keeps happening, but he is hoping they can improve that area of their game during the summer break.

He added: “The only game I can think of at home that we went in to half-time well was Worcester – apart from that we’ve been slow to start.

“I don’t know if that’s something we’ve got to focus on next year, because for sure it’s a lot harder to come back from 17 points down than it is to go in with a lead and defend it.

“But there are loads of positives, we’ve got one week off and then we’re back in in two weeks so it’s a quick turnaround. We’ll get straight back into it and hopefully next year we’ll get a few more wins.”

On a personal note, Tapley is one of many players already signed on for the 2015/16 season by the club and he is delighted to do so.

He added: “Yeah really happy to have signed on, it’s a great ground to play at, great crowd, no qualms with any of it really so yeah I’m really happy to be here for next year.”