Bedford Blues head coach Mike Rayer felt it was ‘pretty impossible’ to play rugby when your team receives four yellow cards in a match.
Rayer was speaking after Sunday’s 38-14 defeat at Ashton Gate to top of the table Bristol, where Nick Fenton-Wells, Harry Wells, James Pritchard and Paul Tupai were all carded by referee Steve Lee.
However, despite what the scoreline may suggest, Bedford had more than their fair share of the play .
They were unfortunate on a number of occasions when they couldn’t convert that into points; until two second half tries by Tupai ensured they didn’t head home without crossing the whitewash.
“It makes it pretty impossible to play rugby when you have that many yellow cards,” stated the Bedford head coach.
“It’s difficult enough to take Bristol on and be competitive with 15 let alone 12 at times.
“At the scrums we won the first few penalties and then all of a sudden we had three go against us; he (the referee) was penalising everybody in the first half but didn’t bother in the second.
“I can’t really tell what was going on, the less said about it the better really.”
Sunday’s performance in the West Country showed signs of real promise for Bedford as they dominated the scrum from minute one, as well as a set of backs that created a number of chances.
Yet with that, Rayer noted the importance of converting all that into points. He added: “We have to say we created a few chances but didn’t take them.
“Bristol had quite a lot of chances and they took the bulk of theirs, but the lads were full of endeavour today.
“I thought we played well in patches and the scoreboard probably didn’t do us justice but that’s rugby when you come up against a quality outfit like this.”
He added: “You’ve got to make sure you nail every moment and today we didn’t quite do that, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying.”