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Yorkshire Carnegie v Doncaster, Sunday 17th September, kick off 3pm

8th September 2017 11:47 pm By Leanne Flynn
Yorkshire Carnegie v Doncaster

Yorkshire Carnegie take on Doncaster Knights in their first home Greene King IPA Championship game of the 2017-18 season.

Last season the teams met on two occasions and claimed a victory each on their home ground.  Fixtures between the two Yorkshire rivals have proved fiercely competitive over the last few seasons, and it will no doubt be another testing contest to get Carnegie’s home campaign underway following the impressive win over Nottingham in round two.

Turnstiles open at 1pm with entry only to the Carnegie Stand for the whole of this season whilst development work takes place at Headingley Carnegie.

Tickets are on sale now with Adults £17, Concessions* £10 and Juniors** £5.

Concession: *Seniors are 65 and over and students upon production of a valid student card ** Junior denotes a child who is 16 and under. Children under 5 do not need to pay.

Tickets are available now and can be booked online 24 hours a day at tickets.yorkshirecarnegie.com or by calling 0371 423 1315 during normal opening hours.

SEASON TICKETS STILL ON SALE

Yorkshire Carnegie Season memberships for the 2017-2018 season are great value at £140 for adults, £90 concessions and free for Juniors (under 16)

Benefits to Season Members:

·         Entry to all home league games plus home cup pool games (excluding play-offs)

·         One opportunity to ‘Bring a Friend for Free’ to a home match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium before 31st December 2017

·         Entry into ballot for England International tickets

·         £5 voucher to spend on Yorkshire Carnegie 2017-2018 Jersey (T&Cs apply –  not applicable for free junior season memberships)

Season Memberships are priced £140 for adults, £90 for concessions*, and FREE for Juniors aged 16 & under.

You can renew your Membership online by clicking below, over the phone on 0371 423 1315 or in store at the Club Shop at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

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Yorkshire Carnegie 15 Doncaster Knights 9

17th September 2017 6:29 pm By Leanne Flynn

Yorkshire Carnegie held on in eight minutes of injury time to secure a hard earned win against Doncaster Knights in their first home game of the Greene King IPA Championship season.

The home side had to deal with adversity throughout the game, with a number of injuries to the side.  The first came in the warm up when Alex Davies was ruled out with a hamstring injury, so Callum Irvine was drafted into the starting line up at fly half.  In the first half Charlie Beech left the field with a head injury and there was a further blow when captain Richard Mayhew was helped off the field with a foot injury and replaced by Richard Beck, who then later suffered a hand injury and forced off in the second half.

There was little between the sides in the first half but it was Doncaster who went in at the break with a 6-3 lead.  The visitors started well and applied plenty of pressure on their hosts, with Tyson Lewis going close and looking liked he had barged is way over, but Carnegie did well to take him into touch.   The deadlock was finally broken when Doncaster forced a penalty, which Simon Humberstone successfully slotted over from midfield.  The fly half then doubled that lead almost immediately with a second penalty from 35 metres out.

Carnegie hit back and had their best attacking spell of the half and almost created an opportunity for Elder on the wing, but he held up by the Knights.  The homeside looked to build on this momentum when they were awarded a penalty and kicked to touch but they were judged to have not thrown in straight at the line out and gave away a scrum penalty.

Doncaster were reduced to 14 men on 32 minutes when Matt Challinor was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Irvine.  The Carnegie fly half was then given the chance to reduce the gap with a penalty, but his kick went wide.

Carnegie kept pushing Knights in the closing minutes, despite the loss of Mayhew on 38 minutes, and they were rewarded for their efforts when Irvine got their first points with a penalty kick to make it 3-6 at the break.

The heavens opened at the start of the second half and it was not long before Doncaster had their 6 point lead back.  The Knights pack earned a penalty after 43 minutes and once more Humbetsone was on target with the kick to extend the lead to 3-9.

James Lowes’ side responded well and Doncaster were forced to show some good defence to keep them out, Chris Elder going close before being forced into touch.

Carnegie earned two quick consecutive penalties and Irvine kicked to touch to get his side in a dangerous position and from the second line out the forwards showed their strength to drive over Ollie Stedman for the first try of the game.  This time replacement Will Homer stepped up for the kick but his conversion attempt drifted wide.

Charlie Foley then looked like he was through for a try for the Knights as he attempted to spin out of a tackle, but referee Carl Dixon ruled the final pass was forward.

On 67 minutes Carnegie took the lead for the first time in the game when excellent play from Homer got the ball away to Jack Whetton, who spotted a gap to go over in the corner.  Homer then added the touchline conversion to give his side a 15-9 lead.

He was unable to give his side a further cushion when the hosts were awarded another penalty and his kick from 35 metres out was off target.

It was nail biting end to the game as Yorkshire Carnegie gave a succession of penalties in the closing stages and they had to show determination in defence to keep Knights out.  Their job was made even harder when Elliot Millar-Mills was shown a yellow card.  Carnegie showed great mental toughness to prevent the Knights from scoring and they forced Junior Bulumakau into touch as he looked close to getting the ball down and in the final seconds Joe Spronston powered through for what looked like a certain try but Carnegie were able to hold him over the line in the final play of the game.

Carnegie did enough to earn the 15-9 win and their second consecutive victory in the competition to move the team to eighth in the table.

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Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
3 Doncaster Doncaster 6 4 0 2 165 109 56 19 13 3 2 21
4 Nottingham Nottingham 6 4 0 2 197 167 30 24 22 3 1 20
5 Bedford Blues Bedford Blues 6 4 0 2 192 166 26 27 22 4 0 20
6 Yorkshire Carnegie Yorkshire Carnegie 6 3 1 2 139 150 -11 19 16 3 0 17
7 Hartpury RFC Hartpury RFC 6 2 1 3 152 154 -2 21 15 4 2 16
8 Richmond Richmond 6 3 0 3 129 175 -46 14 25 2 1 15

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