‘We must learn’ admits skipper after Bristol defeat

Blues captain Michael Le Bourgeois
Blues captain Michael Le Bourgeois

Bedford captain Michael Le Bourgeois admits his side ‘were not clinical enough’ during the Blues’ ­45-16 loss to Bristol in the first leg of the playoff semi­-final.

The Blues were unable to bounce back from their defeat against Bristol on the last day of the Championship campaign, but Mike Rayer’s men still have the second leg of the semi­-final to redeem themselves.

Bristol ran in six tries against the Blues to give themselves a 29-point advantage going in to the return fixture at Ashton Gate next Sunday.

Le Bourgeois said “It’s still only half-time in the tie so we need to turn our focus on to next week’s game and learn from our mistakes today.

“Bristol are a strong, experienced side and that certainly proved in some of the set pieces today.

“We had loads of opportunities throughout the game but we weren’t clinical enough going forward.”

The Jersey man has enjoyed a number of games this season as captain and he looks the perfect replacement for Nick Fenton­Wells who has been ruled out of action for both legs of the play­-off semi­finals after agreeing a move to Bristol next season.

Le Bourgeois has cemented his place in Bedford’s first 15 week-in week-out and his leadership qualities were clear to see as he captained the squad from inside centre in what was always likely to be one of Bedford’s toughest games this season.

Le Bourgeois added “Credit to Bristol for finishing off their chances today, which proved to be the difference in the end.

“We’re always improving as a team and we will be focusing on improving our set pieces during training this week.

“We will analyse what went on today and we will come back fighting at Ashton Gate next Sunday.”

With a 29-point difference at half-time, things don’t look fantastic – but if there’s one thing that Mike Rayer’s men like, it’s a challenge.