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Biljon left frustrated and emotional after big defeat to Bedford

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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Cornish Pirates assistant coach Harvey Biljon admitted to being "pretty frustrated and emotional" after watching his team go down heavily against Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Friday night.

The 32-6 loss ended the club's five-game unbeaten run and was their heaviest defeat for two-and-a-half years leaving them seventh in the Championship after ten games. However, Biljon was happy with the Pirates' preparation for the game and promised a swift inquest into what went so badly wrong.

"There was nothing wrong with our preparation or our build-up," he explained. "The training week and everything else was spot on and the players had talked about how they wanted to play and what they wanted to do.

"We had the right script going into the game but we need to make sure we find out why it didn't work. The Nottingham game is now even more important.

"I can't wait for the next game to be honest. I'm excited about it. We need to draw a line after this game as quickly as possible and move forward. Let's not worry about tough fixtures because we need to get tough, pick our heads up and put in a performance against Nottingham."

The Pirates now face a tough December with Nottingham next up when they visit the Mennaye Field on Sunday. After back-to-back British and Irish cup ties with Welsh Premiership side Swansea, the Pirates then travel to Brickfields on Boxing Day to face Plymouth Albion.

Biljon said: "We will treat the British & Irish Cup games as league fixtures and work on getting our performances right so that we can build for the Plymouth game."

But missing from those games will be 20-year-old fly-half Aaron Penberthy who faces around ten weeks on the sidelines due to a problem with his pubic bone, leaving the Pirates with only one specialist fly-half.

With Jack Nowell impressing for Exeter Chiefs and Dave Ewers also out of action the Pirates pool of dual-registered players is dwindling but Bath loanees Joe Buckle and JJ Kilmartin both played at Bedford, and Harvey Biljon was able to find some positives on an otherwise disappointing night in his display.

"It was difficult for him (Kilmartin) because he has not had a great deal of training time with us but there were some great touches," he said.

"You could see though that because he had only been with us a day or two there were areas of his game which were not quite as streamlined as they should be."

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