Yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath accepted his side were simply not good enough to warrant a place in the Championship play-offs final.
They won 17-14 at Doncaster Knights in their semi-final second leg yesterday but fell short 44-34 on aggregate against the club that finished second in the table, directly above them. Carnegie had ample possession and territory to get back into the tie but ran out of ideas against a well-marshalled defence.
“There was a few opportunities that went – missing a penalty just before half-time is a vital one – and we had two tries disallowed for being held up,” said Redpath.
“We got the win and that bragging right but ultimately, over the two games, Doncaster have been better than us and last week’s 13 point deficit was too far for us to get back.”
He added: “It is an opportunity gone.
“We were nervous at the start, dropping two or three balls to put a bit of pressure on ourselves and it allowed them a chance to build the scoreline.
“Some of the decisions around the contact area and maul was poor on the ref but it is what it is and we have to manage that.
“I’m chuffed for the boys, though, we got to the B&I Final and the play-offs but sadly today it just wasn’t good enough.”
The performance mirrored Carnegie’s campaign; promising in parts but overall not enough quality.
Summing up the season, Redpath conceded: “It’s been inconsistent.
“That showed in this performance but we give Doncaster great credit.
“They have been great all season and rightly got to the final so we take it on the chin.
“We’ve 16 players leaving and there’s changes in the staff, too, so we look forward to working towards next season.”