A much improved performance from Yorkshire Carnegie U18s saw them just miss out 10-18 against Gloucester U18s at Selby RFC.

Carnegie started brightly taking the game to Gloucester straight from the kick off, but after the visitors had managed to win possession of the ball back deep in their 22 they had the luck of a bounce from a box kick with scrum half Harry Bassett supporting and scoring on 5 minutes.

Two minutes later and straight from receiving the restart Gloucester attacked again down the left wing breaking and passing back inside to fly half Rob Faulkner, converting the score to take a 12 point lead. 

Carnegie enjoyed long passages of play in the first half and the pressure resulting in a penalty from fly half Ben Smith on 28 minutes, 3-13.

3 minutes later centre Clayton Dee added a penalty to his earlier conversion to make it 3-15 to Gloucester. 

Almost immediately from the restart on 33 minutes Carnegie managed to break the visitors defensive line and wing Dan Tai continued his recent scoring streak and touching down for Ben Smith to convert. Half time 10-15. 

10-15 it stayed for the majority of the second half with Carnegie enjoying the majority of possession, challenging Gloucester in defence and at set piece. The home team were unable to break the visitors line, however they did force a penalty which Smith was unable to convert.

Gloucester also enjoyed a number of attacks towards the end of the second half, which saw some very physical team and individual defence from the young Yorkshire men. 

In a close fought battle, Gloucester pulled away 5 minutes from time with fullback Mark Holden kicking a penalty to make the final score 10-18 to Gloucester. 

Speaking after the game Jon Pendlebury said:"I was pleased with a lot from today in the performance from this young U18 group, it was an improvement again. We are seeing the players carry over from training onto the pitch and it's great that we have a week to turn around building up to Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday, where the players can test themselves in a Premiership environment."