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Nottingham Rugby v Yorkshire Carnegie, Friday 8th September, kick off 7.45pm

2nd September 2017 6:39 pm By Phil Daly

Yorkshire Carnegie travel to the Nottingham next Friday for their next game in the Greene King IPA Championship.

It will be back to back games against Yorkshire teams for Nottingham Rugby after they kicked off the new campaign at Rotherham on Sunday.

With Nottingham Head Coach Ian Costello placing emphasis around squad retention at the end of last season and over the summer, he has stuck to his word, with 13 of the starting 15 against Rotherham, all having featured for the club during the 2016-17 campaign.

Lock Danny Qualter and full back Sean Scanlon will make their Nottingham Rugby competitive debuts on Sunday afternoon. Front rowers Aniseko Sio and Rory Burke are also named on the replacements bench and look set to make their first full appearances in a Green and White jersey.

Earlier this week, Matt Everard was confirmed as club captain for the second consecutive season. Once again, he will be supported by a number of vice captains, including Ben Morris, who takes on the role on Sunday.

Last season, Yorkshire Carnegie secured a tight 24-17 victory over Nottingham at Lady Bay.

The visitors scored 10 unanswered points in the first half, through the boot of Joe Ford, along with a late try from Richard Mayhew. Carnegie continued the scoring in the second half, with Rob O’Donnell crossing, along with a penalty try. Nottingham were late to respond, but did so through replacement TJ Harris, who produced a hat-trick of tries to gift Nottingham a late bonus point.

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Nottingham Rugby 27 Yorkshire Carnegie 35

8th September 2017 11:40 pm By Max Baker-Smith

Yorkshire Carnegie put in an excellent performance to earn their first victory of the Greene King IPA Championship season, beating Nottingham 35-27.

The first half started very evenly, with both teams looking threatening with ball in hand. Nottingham tried to get on the board early as their fly half Chris Eden attempted a drop goal, but sent it wide of the posts.

However, Nottingham did get on the scoreboard first. They won a lineout in Carnegie territory and after a slick pop pass hooker Ben Brownlie crossed the line. Eden converted well from near the touchline to draw Nottingham’s early lead out further.

Carnegie responded excellently to going behind, and after a sustained period of possession Alex Davies stabbed a kick through for youngster Louis Brown to touch down on his debut. Davies followed up his excellent kick through with an equally as good conversion from the touchline to draw the scores level.

It was Davies who would score the next points of the day as well, as Carnegie won a penalty 5 metres inside the Nottingham half. Having gained confidence from his excellent conversion, Davies stepped up and put the penalty straight between the posts.

The lead didn’t last long though. Sloppy play from Carnegie lead to an interception pass thrown on their own 5 metre line, and Jordan Coghlan gratefully accepted the gift and crossed for an easy score. Eden put over the easy conversion and Carnegie found themselves behind again.

Another tough penalty was taken on by Davies, even further out this time, yet he kept his cool as it went straight through the middle of the posts again.  Eden replied with a quick penalty of his own though to extend the gap again. Carnegie came out of top of the exchange though as Davies, impeccable from the tee, calmly slotted another penalty to see Carnegie go in only a single point behind.

The start of the second half did not go to plan for Carnegie. Nottingham started the half quickly and found themselves deep in Yorkshire territory, and looked like they would score before Pete Lucock was penalised and yellow carded for slowing the ball down. Eden kicked the resulting penalty and were now four points ahead with a man advantage.

However, Carnegie defended admirably for a ten-minute period which defined the game. Nottingham were camped in the Yorkshire 22, but despite being a man down Carnegie held firm.

Nottingham tried to put the game to bed winning several penalties and putting them into the corner instead of taking the points, but could not find a way through Carnegie’s defences.

The game was then turned on its head by a piece of individual brilliance from substitute Callum Irvine. He picked up the ball and broke the Nottingham line before dancing his way passed the last man to touch down under the posts.

When the conversion went over Yorkshire found themselves three points ahead despite having spent most the half defending in their own 22. Things only got better for Yorkshire, as another excellent line break, this time from George Watkins, saw them go deep in to Nottingham territory. Joe Buckle was there to pick the ball up and drive over the line, and another conversion took them in to a ten-point lead.

There was one more twist to come though, as although the game looked to be over, Nottingham substitute Alex Goble showed great strength to touch down in the corner. A great pressure conversion from Eden kept Nottingham right in the game.

As Nottingham pushed for the winner, debutant Brown got his hands on the ball and went on a strong run through the Nottingham line. Carnegie went through the phases and eventually Buckle crossed with the last action of the game to stretch Carnegie’s winning margin to eight points in this topsy turvy game.

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