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Rugby Union: Bedford Blues’ chief Rayer frustrated by Doncaster Knights postponement

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 23, 2013

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Bedford Blues’ hopes of getting back to winning ways against bottom side Doncaster Knights were dashed by the weather yesterday.

The match was called off after a 10am pitch inspection following heavy snowfall overnight.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer was disappointed, but said there was no way the match could have gone ahead.

He said: “What can we do? You can’t control the weather.

“You don’t really expect it at this time of year. I’ve never seen a game called off for snow this late in the season, but the referee inspected the pitch and postponed it, and that’s his decision to make.

“There was simply too much work to be done to shift the snow before kick-off and that would rely on us getting enough people down here to help.

“Boxing Day was an exceptional circumstance, when we had between 400 and 500 people turn up to get the game on, but we were expecting a smaller gate today, so that wasn’t going to be possible.”

Rayer added: “Clearly the players are disappointed, as am I, but, we’ve just got to move on and look ahead to the game against Cornish Pirates next weekend.

“We’re focused on them now and while it may not be the same team who were lined up to face Knights, we’ve got to go there and do a job and win the game.”

Bedford Blues face Cornish Pirates at Menayye Field in Penzance next Sunday, in a 3pm kick-off.

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