NEXT UP: Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues, Sunday 3rd February , Kick off 3.00 PM

NEXT UP: Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues, Sunday 3rd February , Kick off 3.00 PM


Yorkshire Carnegie will take on Bedford Blues at Emerald Headingley Stadium in the Championship Cup quarter final on Sunday 3rd February, kick off 3pm.

Despite their league position, Carnegie have improved from the start of the season; the Championship Cup allowing Chris Stirling’s side to build winning momentum. They meet a Bedford side that are flying third in the league with none wins from thirteen.

Cup Form

Despite their early struggles in the league, five wins out of their six matches in this year’s new cup competition guaranteed Carnegie a place in the quarter finals. With their only loss coming away to Coventry, back to back wins against Doncaster Knights was one of the Yorkshire’s highlights as they topped Pool 1 with 22 points.

On the other hand, Bedford finished third in Pool 3 with three wins and three losses. Wins over Hartpury twice and Cornish Pirates at home, with three bonus points, helped the Blues to 15 points. Along with Nottingham from Pool 1, Bedford took the runners up place available in the quarter finals.


Nine league wins, four of which came consecutively before the Championship Cup pool matches, have put Bedford third in the league behind Ealing and London Irish.

Their home record has been impressive this campaign with four from five; their only defeat coming against London Scottish. 

Their last game against Coventry - 105-point thriller at Goldington Road - will be one that fans talk about for years to come.  15 tries in all were scored, the final one coming for Bedford in injury time to secure a 53-52 win.

In the Championship Cup, the Blues had one of the hardest groups, competing against London Irish, Cornish Pirates and Hartpury College, but managed to secure three wins and earn qualification as one of the best runners up.

Last Time Out

The two sides met at the start of October when Bedford came out 28-21 victors at Emerald Headingley. Bedford were coming off three consecutive defeats but the win left Carnegie at the foot of the table. An early penalty gave the visitors the lead before Josh Bainbridge scored from the rolling maul to put Carnegie ahead.

Former Carnegie player Jarad Williams took advantage of a slow defensive line to power over for Bedford before Yorkshire’s discipline gave away another penalty goal, slotted by Jacob Atkins to make the score 3-13 at the half time whistle.

More ill-discipline in the second half cost Carnegie another three points, Atkins kicking the penalty, before George Watkins brought the game back to 14-16 as he sprinted off an Andy Forsyth pass to score. Jacob Fields ensured the win for Bedford, scoring off a rolling maul, before Dan Temm scored late for Yorkshire, closing the score at 21-28.

Tickets can be purchased either by coming down to the Leeds Rugby Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium, over the phone on 0371 423 1315 or online at Please note this match is not included in the 2018-2019 Season Membership therefore all member’s must purchase a match ticket to access the game. This can be uploaded onto your season membership card.

Fixture: Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues (kick off 3pm)

Date: Sunday 3rd February 2019

Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium, St Michael’s Lane, Headingley, LS6 3BR

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*Concessions= Seniors (65 years old +) and students (with valid ID) & Disabled (with valid proof). Disabled supporters are entitled to a free carer if they have proof of carers allowance.

** Juniors= 16 and under

2018-2019 Yorkshire Carnegie Season Members:

This game is NOT included in the 2018-2019 Season Membership. Season Members must purchase their own ticket to access the game. The ticket can be purchased and uploaded it onto your 2018-2019 Season Membership card to use on match day.

If you are booking online, the ticket will automatically be added to your basket and your member’s discount will be applied at the basket page. To purchase tickets for other members, you must add them onto your ‘Friends and Family’ on your profile to be able to access the member’s discount for them and upload them onto their membership cards. Once you have paid for the tickets, they will be uploaded onto your season membership card.

Junior season members, although free of charge, require a ticket which can also be uploaded onto their season members card. This can be done over the phone, online or via the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Viewing Areas:

  • Match Tickets and 2018-2019 Silver Members: Access is for standing in either South Stand or Extentia (formerly Carnegie) Terraces or unreserved seating in the South Stand (excluding padded seats in sections C, D and E).
  • 2018-2019 Gold Members: Have access to their Season Membership seat. This is reserved for them under your Season Membership customer number.

Car Parking: Parking is available at the ground for £5 per car and is first come, first served. Season parking passes are valid for this game on production of your parking pass.


Yorkshire Carnegie 38 Bedford Blues 14

Yorkshire Carnegie 38 Bedford Blues 14


Yorkshire Carnegie advanced to the semi-final of the RFU Championship Cup with a 38-14 victory over Bedford Blues at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

It was a fast start from Carnegie who blitzed the visitors with two tries in the opening ten minutes. Both tries came down the left-hand side with Richard Mayhew and Dan Temm the try scorers.

Jade Te Rure was pulling the strings from the fly-half position for Carnegie and the Blues simply had no answer for him. Te Rure’s grubber kick was weighted perfectly for Elijah Niko to run onto and he was able to touch down. Jacob Umaga converted the try to give Carnegie a 19-0 lead inside the twenty-minute mark.

Bedford responded well and had Carnegie camped inside their own twenty-two metre line, however, a turnover from the Blues lead to a line break from the unlikely Andy Foster. Foster handed the ball off to fullback Chris Elder who stormed away from the chasing defenders and he touched down under the posts. Umaga once again converted the try to give Carnegie a commanding 26-0 halftime lead.

A plethora of substitutions at halftime seemed to be just what was needed from the visitors as they thoroughly dominated the opening stanza of the second half. However, the Blues still could not find a way through Carnegie’s stonewall defence.

Bedford finally got a reward for all their pressure when a quck ball out to the right wing sliced open Yorkshire’s defence and Ryan Hutler was able to score in the corner.

Carnegie soon regained their 26-point lead through substitute Sam Nixon. Nixon had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes before he powered over the try line and Umaga added the extras.

Bedford responded almost immediately through Pat Tapley’s try but a last minute try from Richard Mayhew ended the match at 38-14.

Yorkshire Carnegie Director of Rugby, Chris Stirling, said: “It was a really good performance against a really good team. For us to score 38 points against them and hold them to 14 is really pleasing.”



Try: Mayhew 4, 80, Temm 8, Niko 17, Elder 35, Nixon 63

Conversion: Umaga 4, 17, 35, 63


Try: Hutler 59, Tapley 68

Conversion: Robling 59, Robling 68


Carnegie: Chris Elder, Harry Davey, Elijah Niko (Andy Forsyth 79), Jacob Umaga, George Watkins, Jade Te Rure, JB Bruzulier (Wolstenholme 60), Nic Mayhew (Tom Hill 60), Dylan Donnellan (Joe Buckle 69), Andy Foster (Sam Nixon 60), Cian Romaine, Will Britton (Fa’atiga Lemalu 64), Lewis Wilson (Trystan Lloyd 61), Richard Mayhew ©, Dan Temm.

Bedford: Dean Adamson, Pat Tapley, Rich Lane, Chris Czekaj, Ryan Hutler, Lewis Robling, James Lennon (Lee Dickson 40), Sean McCarthy (Hayden King 55), Jacob Fields (Ben Cooper 40), Alex Penny (Charlie Clare 40), Ed Taylor (Will Carrick-Smith 44), Mark Flanagan ©, Huw Worthington, Josh Buggea (Oli Curry 40), Jarad Williams.

Unused: Joe Green.

Match Report by Will Hopper 

Live updates are available from the start of the match and for one week afterwards.

Home Lineup

1. Nic Mayhew
2. Dylan Donnellan
3. Andrew Foster
4. Cian Romaine
5. Will Britton
6. Lewis Wilson
7. Richard Mayhew (c)
8. Daniel Temm
9. Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier
10. Jade Te Rure
11. George Watkins
12. Jacob Umaga
13. Elijah Niko
14. Harry Davey
15. Chris Wolfe-Elder

16. Joe Buckle
17. Tom Hill
18. Sam Nixon
19. Fa'atiga Lemalu
20. Trystan Lloyd
21. Sam Wolstenholme
22. Andy Forsyth

Away Lineup

1. Sean McCarthy
2. Jake Fields
3. Alex Penny
4. Ed Taylor
5. Mark Flanagan (c)
6. Huw Worthington
7. Josh Buggea
8. Jarad Williams
9. James Lennon
10. Lewis Robling
11. Ryan Hutler
12. Chris Czekaj
13. Richard Lane
14. Pat Tapley
15. Dean Adamson

16. Charlie Clare
17. Hayden King
18. Ben Cooper
19. Will Carrick-Smith
20. Oli Curry
21. Lee Dickson
22. Joe Green

Home Scorers

Elijah Niko
Tries: 1

Chris Wolfe-Elder
Tries: 1

Daniel Temm
Tries: 1

Sam Nixon
Tries: 1

Richard Mayhew
Tries: 2

Jacob Umaga
Conversions: 4

Away Scorers

Pat Tapley
Tries: 1

Ryan Hutler
Tries: 1

Lewis Robling
Conversions: 2