Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Manager, Ben Lazenby, said he was pleased with the commitment from the club’s under-18s after they recorded a 33-19 win against Newcastle in their first game of the season.

Speaking after the game Lazenby said: “I was delighted with the way that all of the players applied themselves within the game, we know we have areas that we need to improve but I cannot fault the commitment of the players.

“As a game I thought it was a great showcase for academy rugby and both teams played their part to make it a spectacle, the Newcastle Falcons always bring an exciting brand of rugby and Saturday was no different.

“I think we showed a fantastic balance between patience and playing expansive rugby and that can be seen through the variety of tries that we scored. In defence I thought that we put the Newcastle players under pressure and the difference between the two sides was how we handled that pressure when we had the ball, the error count was extremely low. I thought Ben Carlile captained the team very well and his leadership encouraged the team to play, as well as motivated an aggressive defence.

“The players have all had a long term of rugby at their schools and clubs, but the way that the majority of these stakeholders have worked with us to manage the players was apparent on Saturday, with plenty of energy on show. A huge amount of credit must go to the coaches Steve Salvin and Scott Barrow who have gone above and beyond to allow the players to explore and learn how they want to play, as well as how they have kept in contact with the clubs and schools from September to now. The players have a bit of time until the next game, which will offer a different challenge when we go to Worcester on the 14th January.”

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