Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath says he is proud of his players despite their defeat at Jersey Reds and believes the commitment within the group will serve them well as they head into the business end of the season.
Yorkshire were twice reduced to 14 men at St Peters, with Lewis Boyce crucially shown a yellow card with the scores level at 19-19 in the closing stages.
Speaking after the game Redpath said, “It was a close game right up until the final minutes. I thought we were outstanding throughout but made one or two errors and they cost us dearly at times. I thought the yellow card for Lewis Boyce in the second half was harsh but we could have solved some of the problems ourselves tonight. It was a great contest and we knew it was going to be tough here.
“It is always disappointing to lose but I think if we can show the level of commitment we showed tonight for the remainder of the season we will be okay.
“We handled the physicality of Jersey very well and we were unlucky just before half time when were dominate but Jersey managed to break away and eventually scored. That was a big swing in the game. We needed a big test to find out where we are. We have lost three times in seventeen games and I am proud of our players tonight and credit must go to Jersey for how they played.
“We have huge games coming over the next month. We have a nine day turnaround before we face London Irish at Headingley Carnegie next Sunday. We need to stick together and see this defeat as a learning curve. This Jersey game was a true battle and unfortunately we have come out the other side on the wrong end of it but the result could have been different with a couple of things we could have changed,” added Redpath.