Yorkshire Carnegie gained the upper hand over Nottingham in this pre-Christmas clash that was more of a pudding than a Festive fizz.

Nottingham led for long periods of the game having scored in the first half and added a penalty after the break. But a second sin binning of flanker Matt Everard left them short handed in the final quarter and Carnegie hit back to win.

The visitors opened the scoring after five minutes having dominated the early exchanges. Scrum half Murray McConnell brushed off some poor defence from the home side and forced his way over near the posts. The conversion was added by Chris Eden and Nottingham led 7-0.

Eden had the chance to extend the lead after 16 minutes but pushed his relatively simple chance wide and Carnegie grew into the game after that. The best chance they had in the first half came after Everard received his first yellow card but they were unable to convert their numerical advantage into points.

Yorkshire continued to create half chances after the break including a great break away by scrum half Will Homer but they lacked the final pass to unlock the Nottingham defence.

Nottingham extended their lead with a penalty from Eden after 53 minutes and it looked like that might be enough to see them home.

However, the introduction of Alex Davies on the hour mark for his return from three months out through injury gave the home side a lift and they gained a line out close to the Nottingham line from a penalty, that resulted in Everard being sent to the sin bin for a second time. The ball was driven towards the line and eventually skipper Richard Mayhew forced his way over. Davies added the conversion to cut the gap to 10-7 with ten minutes to go.

Yorkshire had a brilliant opportunity to strike the knock out blow when Darren Atkins broke clear but he was unable to get the ball away and from the next play Pete Lucock’s cross field kick sailed into touch. However, Carnegie managed to regain possession with a scrum after the line out was held up. The scrum was converted to a penalty for an infringement at the bind and from the ensuing line out hooker Joe Buckle burst over the line.


Davies was unable to add the conversion so a tense finale was ensured but Carnegie held firm and despite Davies shanking a late penalty kick at goal his side held on 12-10 to gain back to back wins over Nottingham this season.