South African full back Sizwe Zondo was outstanding as Bridlington tried to wrestle their way back into the game, grabbing two of his team’s three tries.
He told the Free Press: “We stuck at it all the time, but Brighton were a very tough side.
“It was just a bad start in the first 20 minutes. We were very lazy but then we started to pull it back and after half time we got at them right from the start.
“Scoring a try at Twickenham was just awesome. The first try, I couldn’t believe it, it was amazing and the second one was just a bonus for me.”
Speaking in the tunnel at full-time, captain Ali Sutton said: “All the boys are gutted but I am so proud of every one of them.
“We played our hearts out, out there, but it just goes to show you can’t give a team a 20-point lead.
“If we had played in the first 20 minutes, the way we did in the second half, we would have been champions.
“You feel so small stepping out there, it’s unbelievable. To step out at the home of English rugby is something special.
“There are a lot of professionals who have never played at Twickenham, so to come here with Bridlington, who have been my only club, has been amazing.”