Scarborough Pirates coach Adam Lee admitted his side’s title hopes were over after their disappointing 28-0 defeat at Lambwath Lions.
Lee’s charges were well beaten on the road at high-flying Lambwath on Saturday in tough conditions.
The coach said: “Our defence was awful.
“Initial contact was very poor and in very boggy conditions we allowed them to play quick rugby.
“Our structure in attack was good but we just couldn’t execute.
“All in all it wasn’t great and the title chase is over, but we need to regroup for a big game against Hull Isberg at Eastway this weekend.”
Despite the poor performance, Lee singled out Nathan Hakings (pictured right, yellow shirt) and Ben Rowe as his side’s stand-out performers at Lambwath.