Yorkshire Carnegie  10 Jersey Reds 28

Yorkshire Carnegie 10 Jersey Reds 28


Yorkshire Carnegie lost out to Jersey in a close fought battle at Emerald Headingley in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The win was Jersey’s second over Chris Stirling’s side this season and their first ever at Carnegie’s home ground, but it could have easily gone the other way, with the game in the balance at half time.

Jersey took an early lead after an impressive start.  The visitors looked lively from kick off and soon spread the ball out wide and created an overlap for Leroy Van Dam to cross for the opening try after four minutes. 

Brett Herron could not add the extras but edged his side 8 points ahead with a penalty on 15 minutes after Carnegie were punished for a high tackle on Will Homer.

Carnegie looked a good match for their opponents in the first half and there was always a sense that they would kick on if they were able to hold on to possession.  After 19 minutes after two quick consecutive line outs, Carnegie were in a good attacking position, but the referee Mathew O’Grady ruled for a knock on.  From the Jersey scrum, the Carnegie forwards dominated and were able to drive towards their own line before Dan Temm broke from the back of the scrum to get his team’s first try.  Jacob Umaga was unable to add the conversion.

Jersey edged further in front on 25 minutes when the ball was shifted wide to James Newey who dived over for the Reds’ second try and this time Herron landed his conversion kick to make the score 15-5 to the visitors.

George Watkins made two promising breaks for Carnegie as they looked to finish the half on the up but good defence from Jersey halted the winger on his route to the try line.

With five minutes to play in the half the Reds were reduced to 14 men late when Janco Venter was shown a yellow card for a tip-tackle and Carnegie took advantage of the extra man in the driving maul to get Matt Smith over for a try.  Once again Umaga was unable to add the extras.

Both teams went in at the break with 14 men on their side as Elijah Niko was shown a yellow card for killing the ball as the half drew to a close.  The Reds tried to capitalise on this blow for the hosts by opting to kick to touch with the penalty, but they were unable to find a way across the try line.

Carnegie had some promising periods in the second half where they looked confident playing the ball, but errors and ill-discipline frustrated them as they tried to build momentum and they were never able to make the most of their opportunities. Pete Lucock was pulled back for a forward pass when he had a clear sprint for the line ahead of him and then a tackle from Van Dam on Temm ended another opportunity.  There was equally impressive defence from Carnegie, with a great cover tackle from Elder on Newey stopping a certain try.

Carnegie were dealt a set-back when their captain, Richard Mayhew, took a knock to the head on 47 minutes and had to leave the pitch for a HIA.  Stirling made a number of changes in the final quarter to refresh the team but again discipline cost his team and Herron scored two penalties to put Carnegie just out of the losing bonus point territory. 

In the closing stages Carnegie tried desperately to get a score to secure a point from the game.  Jacob Umaga scooped up a loose ball and broke away, before chipping ahead as the Jersey defence closed in.  The kick was well placed but Jersey just beat Elder to the ball.

With a minutes to play Jersey put the game beyond doubt when Mark Best made an interception and powered through before getting the ball away to Newey who raced clear for the try.  Herron added the conversion with final kick of the game to make it 28-10.

JERSEY REDS: Worrall; Marx (Penberthy 76), Newey, Best, Van Dam; Herron, Homer; Godfrey (Morley 63), Maddison (Macfarlane 71), Atalifo (Rodman 61), Sexton (capt) (Beckett h-t), McKern, Bartle, Hatherell, Venter (YC 37). Not used: Upfield, Howley

YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE: Elder; Watkins, Lucock, Umaga, Niko (YC 39); Te Rure, Bruzilier; Mayhew N, Buckle, Foster, Lemalu, Smith, Wilson, Mayhew R (capt), Temm.
Replacements: Donnellan, Hill, Nixon, Kiri Kiri, Bainbridge, Wolstenholme, Forsyth.

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Home Lineup

1. Nic Mayhew
2. Joe Buckle
3. Andrew Foster
4. Fa'atiga Lemalu
5. Matt Smith
6. Lewis Wilson
7. Richard Mayhew (c)
8. Daniel Temm
9. Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier
10. Jade Te Rure
11. Elijah Niko
12. Jacob Umaga
13. Pete Lucock
14. George Watkins
15. Chris Wolfe-Elder

16. Dylan Donnellan
17. Tom Hill
18. Sam Nixon
19. Antonio Kiri Kiri
20. Josh Bainbridge
21. Sam Wolstenholme
22. Andy Forsyth

Away Lineup

1. Roy Godfrey
2. Charlie Maddison
3. Lee-Roy Atalifo
4. Jerry Sexton (c)
5. Dave McKern
6. Rory Bartle
7. Kyle Hatherell
8. Janco Venter
9. Will Homer
10. Brett Herron
11. Leroy van Dam
12. Mark Best
13. James Newey
14. Koch Marx
15. Jason Worrall

16. Jack MacFarlane
17. Harry Morley
18. Sam Rodman
19. Charlie Beckett
20. Jake Upfield
21. Liam Howley
22. Aaron Penberthy

Home Scorers

Daniel Temm
Tries: 1

Matt Smith
Tries: 1

Away Scorers

James Newey
Tries: 2

Brett Herron
Conversions: 2
Penalty Goals: 3

Leroy van Dam
Tries: 1