Yorkshire Carnegie 5 London Scottish 17
By Will Hopper
Yorkshire Carnegie couldn’t put an end to their losing streak despite a valiant effort against London Scottish as they fell to a 5-17 defeat.
Both sides were coming into the game off the back of losses but after the announcement of some new signings for Carnegie this week, there was a buzz of optimism around Emerald Headingley Stadium before kick-off.
Injured Carnegie captain, Richard Mayhew was confident ahead of the game that his side could turn their season around, but it was the visitors who began to build pressure after a couple of early penalties from Yorkshire and they got their reward inside the opening ten minutes.
Peter Lucock’s high kick got caught in the wind and caught Carnegie off guard as the ball flew backwards and Joe Luca Smith was able to pounce on the loose ball. It took a good tackle from Louis Brown to prevent Smith from scoring but Rob Stevenson eventually enjoyed the spoils of his side’s good fortune as he finally dove over the line.
It didn’t take long for London to cross over the try line once more as another misplaced kick caused the home side problems. From the restart, the kick sailed over the side line to allow the visitors great field position. A brilliant sidestep from Matt Williams and a well worked passing move from London resulted in Miles Mantella receiving the ball on the inside and he touched down underneath the posts. Jacob Perry added the extras and gave his side an early 12-0 lead.
Chris Elder scored Carnegie’s first try of the game on the half hour mark when a loose pass from Matt Williams was collected by Elder. He played a clever one-two with Andy Forsyth before racing away down the wing to reduce the deficit to seven points.
It was the men wearing light blue who started the second half the better of the two sides and Grayson Hart’s quick play of the ball from the ruck was causing Carnegie problems.
Mantella then scored his second try of the game on the hour mark. After a well worked passing move from London, they had created the overlap on the right-hand side and Mantella drifted across the try line to push London Scottish’s lead to 12 points.
Despite a number of phases inside the London Scottish 22 metre line, somehow the visitors managed to soak up the pressure from the Carnegie forwards and hang on for a 17-5 win.
Yorkshire Carnegie Director of Rugby Chris Stirling was disappointed not only with the result but also the performance of his side. However, there were some positives to take away from the match as he said: “Craig Mitchell has definitely added some strength and Will Vaughan did a good job. That would have been the longest period of rugby he’s played for a number of years so a slight improvement there.”
There’s also some good news for Carnegie fans as Stirling revealed after the match that both Jade Te Rure and Antonio Kiri Kiri will feature next time out against Coventry. He said: “As long as they get of the plane in good nick, they’ll be playing in some capacity.”
Joe Luca Smith