Riders outplayed us: Bombers coach

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Buck Pierce runs with the ball against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Buck Pierce runs with the ball against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the second half of their CFL game in Regina, Sept. 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:17 PM ET

Paul LaPolice feels a little better after reviewing the tape of the Labour Day Classic, but not that much better.

The Bombers head coach said his team didn’t play well enough to win, but he admitted the Saskatchewan Roughriders were the better squad in its 27-7 thumping of the Blue and Gold on Sunday in Regina.

The Bombers fell to 7-2, while the Riders upped their record to 2-7.

“We never got in a good rhythm emotionally, and all three phases at times struggled,” LaPolice said Monday at Canad Inns Stadium. “They played their best game of the year, Darian (Durant) played his best game of the season, and when he’s doing that he’s a pretty good player.”

When asked about his team’s return and round game, LaPolice admitted they need to improve and will be examined further this week leading up to the Banjo Bowl rematch with the Riders on Sunday at Canad Inns Stadium.

Receiver Aaron Hargreaves suffered a sprained right ankle in the Labour Day Classic, and LaPolice isn’t sure if defensive tackle Dorian Smith (ankle) and linebacker Marcellus Bowman (foot) will be able to play in the rematch.

The good news for the Bombers is the Hamilton Tiger-Cats beat the Montreal Alouettes on Monday afternoon, so they retain their four-point lead in the East Division over both teams, who are 5-4.

“I would say we’re happy that we’re in first place, but it doesn’t really matter,” LaPolice said. “It’s a week to week game, so right now we’re not really jumping for joy.

“There’s a comfort level that you’re four points up on people, but it doesn’t make losing a game any sweeter. It means you have to go back and get to work.”


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