You are a learned poster on this forum, BSJ, and I enjoy your common-sense, but unless sweeping changes are planned in the winter, I would be a very worried Rams supporter based on your showing this afternoon. I'm pretty sure your team came to win and not make up the numbers with derby pride at stake but, in all honesty, they were completely outclassed all over the park today, and that's without the rose-tinted specs on. Play like you did today in Toulouse (and even against Bradford) and you'll be staring down the barrel of another couple of bashings.
That said, you are correct - based on the season overall, 8th is a very decent effort. You'll need to strengthen to maintain that next season, I suspect. Batley, on the other hand, will probably be just fine.