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Match Preview: Yorkshire Carnegie v Hartpury RFC, 28th January 2018, kick off 3pm

20th January 2018 4:31 pm By Leanne Flynn

Yorkshire Carnegie return to play at Emerald Headingley for the first time in 2018 to host the league’s newest side, Hartpury RFC.

The teams played each other for the first time back in September and despite a second half fight back and three quality tries from Yorkshire Carnegie it was not enough to secure victory as James Lowes side had to settle for a 29-29 draw.

Hartpury have made a decent start to their first season in the Championship with four wins and a draw, that puts them 23 points clear of bottom place Rotherham.

Yorkshire Carnegie Match day pricing 2017-18
Adults: £17
Concessions* £10
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.

Advance tickets can be bought in person in the club, online at www.yorkshirecarnegie.com or by calling 0371 423 1315

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Yorkshire Carnegie 26 Jersey Reds 19

20th January 2018 4:27 pm By .

Yorkshire Carnegie travelled to Scarborough RUFC for their final group game of the British and Irish Cup to take on Jersey Reds.

With freezing conditions at Scarborough in the days before the game their was an early morning pitch inspection to ensure the game went ahead, but hard work from the Scarborough staff ensured the game was played as scheduled.

Carnegie came into the game needing other results to go in their favour, but James Lowes’ side gave themselves the best opportunity of qualification to the quarter final with a strong bonus point win against Jersey Reds.

Jersey finished top of the group stages and were in good form, having picked up five wins and a draw in their last six games, the last team beating them was in fact Yorkshire Carnegie back in November.

The home side made the perfect start to the game with a try within just two minutes. Fred Burdon made the initial break in the Jersey half before finding Chris Elder who outpaced everyone on the left to race over for the opening try.

Will Homer’s conversion attempt bounced off the post and the Reds hit back almost immediately when they spread the ball from left to right and Brendan Cope showed his intent to drive over for the try. The full back then converted his own try to give his team a narrow two point lead.

Carnegie were guilty of giving away too many penalties in the first half and Jersey also looked impressive at the line out, where they stole possession on several occasions. Strong defence from the homeside however meant that Jersey were never really able to take control of the game.

They did edge in front through a Cope penalty after Carnegie were punished for an infringement at the scrum, but the lead only lasted until the 28th minute. Some quickly flowing play from Carnegie saw them edge in front. Steve McColl made a good break and got the ball away to Elder. The full back looked like he was away for an almost identical try to his first but this time the Jersey defence closed in as he made his way to the try line. McColl though was on hand to support him and took the pass to finish off the move next to the posts. This time Homer was on target with his conversion to make it 12-10.

A second Cope penalty nudged the Reds ahead but Carnegie hit back once again through Elder, who sprinted clear of the chasing Jersey defenders for his second try of the game. Homer’s conversion making it 19-13 after 34 minutes.

Carnegie improved the score line further just before the break when their strong driving maul powered Harry Newborn over for his team’s bonus point try. Homer’s touchline conversion was on target to see Carnegie go in at half time with a 26-13 lead.

The second half saw a much more disciplined performance from the home team as they gave away fewer penalties at the breakdown and dominated possession.

A third penalty from Cope reduced the gap but they had few real attacking opportunities to threaten Carnegie. Both teams were reduced to 14 men when the referee showed a yellow card to Matt Smith and  James Voss for foul play.

Cope continued his impressive performance and added a fourth penalty on 63 minutes to ensure they at least went home with a losing bonus point. A chance of a converted try to equalise the game looked less likely as Carnegie controlled the game well and made it difficult for Jersey to get out of their own half.

There was a final chance for the Reds to get more from the game when they were awarded a last minute penalty and they kicked for territory. Once more they were successful at the line out but they quickly lost the ball and Carnegie scooped up the loose ball as the referee blew for full time.

The team in full is:

15. Chris Elder, 14. Stevie McColl, 13. Fred Burdon, 12. Tom Bullough, 11. Louis Brown, 10. Pete Lucock, 9. Will Homer, 1. Will Vaughan, 2. Harry Newborn, 3. Charlie Beech, 4. Mike Myerscough, 5. Matt Smith, 6. Josh Bainbridge, 7. Richard Mayhew (c), 8. Ollie Stedman, 16. Jordon Poole, 17. Tom Casson, 18. James Thraves, 19. Jack Whetton, 20. Trystan Lloyd, 21. Callum Irvine, 22. Andy Forsyth

15. Brendan Cope, 14. Tom Pincus, 13. Scott Van Breda (co-capt), 12. George Eastwell, 11. Jason Worrall, 10. Oli Bryant, 9. Kieran Hardy, 1.  Roy Godfrey (co-capt), 2. Jack Macfarlane, 3. Leeroy Atalifo, 4. James Voss, 5. Dave Mckern, 6. Rory Bartle, 7. Seb Nagle-Taylor, 9. Jake Upfield

16. Nick Selway, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Alec Clarey, 19. Tom Quarrie, 20. Conor Joyce 21. Tim Duchesne 22. Mark Best

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