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Rugby union: ‘Wheels fell off’ for Bedford Blues against Bristol

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 04, 2013

Jake Sharp looks for a way through. Picture: Nigel Rudgard

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MARTIN Hynes was brutally honest in his assessment of Bedford Blues’ 18-6 defeat at home to Bristol, lamenting a catalogue of errors which proved so costly for the hosts.

A litany of knock-ons, turnovers and forward passes throughout the 80 minutes contributed to Bedford’s downfall at Goldington Road as they failed to break down Bristol’s defence.

Tries from Luke Eves and Ryan Evans helped the visitors give new director of rugby Andy Robinson a win in his first game in the job, while also keeping the Blues try less

“We’ve just got to front up and take it on the chin because we came into the game with hopes and aspirations of playing,” said forwards coach Hynes.

“Good sides don’t make that many mistakes, and I’m not saying we’re not a good side but just in this game the wheels properly fell off for us.” Bristol head coach Liam Middleton has seen his side win all five games he has been in charge of against the Blues, who he admitted he looks forward to playing.

“I get excited on the morning of the game when it’s Bedford more than anyone else and it’s great to get another win,” said Middleton, who also praised their defence.

Bedford now travel to runaway Championship leaders Newcastle Falcons on Friday, and Hynes believes they are capable of getting a result at Kingston Park against Dean Richards’ side.

“I don’t think we’ll ever be as bad as that in a long time,” said Hynes.

“If it was an attitude from the players we’d be really worried.

“Thankfully the players get an opportunity this week to get it out of their system.

“The lads are honest and I know they’ll be beating themselves up about that performance.”

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