Nottingham Rugby 83 Yorkshire Carnegie 0

Nottingham Rugby 83 Yorkshire Carnegie 0


The new look Yorkshire Carnegie side endured a tough start to the new campaign as they lost out 83-0 at Nottingham in the opening game of the Championship Cup at Lady Bay. 

The home side ran got off to a strong start with three tries inside the opening twelve minutes to lead 21-0 with wingers David Williams and Ben Foley scoring either side a try of an effort by second row Danny Qualter.

Former Carnegie centre Luke Peters secured the bonus point for the home side after 19 minutes before Carnegie had their first real opportunity when former England international Tom Varndell broke down field. Dan Lancaster produced a smart kick down field but when full back Tim Bitirim's kick was caught by Foley, the Nottingham man ran 80 metres to score.

18-year-old Lancaster continued to show a mature head with half break after throwing the dummy but Carnegie could not find a way through. Two lost scrums frustrated the visitors efforts and that was compounded when Nottingham went over from a lost Carnegie line out and Sean Scanlon scored after 33 minutes to make it 42-0 at half time. 

Martyn Wood and Joe Ford made a number of changes in the second half as they looked to use the game to build up the team's fitness ahead of the start of the Greene King IPA Championship next month. 

Fly half Joe Carlisle replaced centre James Robins and allowed Lancaster to move into the centres. However, the visitors task was made harder when prop James Flynn was shown a yellow card. 

Nottingham were clinical in response and crossed for two quick tries through hooker Jake Farnworth and full back Scanlon to make it 52-0. 

Varndell had to receive treatment after that score to have a dislocated finger put back in place. Carnegie had three penalties in succession to move up field but were unable to find a way through and they were suffered another blow when Foley completed his hat trick.

Unsurprisingly, with the squad having only come together three weeks ago, there was disjointed play in the set piece. However, defensively Yorkshire stood firm for one another but they were undone when a charged down clearance bounced kindly for the home side and James Connolly crossed for the try to make it 64-0 after as many minutes.

Replacement Harry Strong was next to get on the scoresheet for Nottingham before they crossed for their next try after 71 minutes.

Despite the scoreline, the spirit of the young Yorkshire side did not dip and that was epitomised when Nottingham hooker Alfie Barbeary broke 80 metres down field only to be bundled into touch in the corner by Alex Humfrey, who was impressive throughout for Carnegie with his effort.

Having shown their desire on defence, Carnegie then produced had a chance to finish with a flourish with three penalties following a fine break up field. However, cruelly the ball was spilled and Nottingham defender picked up before racing the length the field to make the final score 83-0. 


Yorkshire Carnegie

15. Sean Scanlon

15. Tim Bitirim

14. David Williams

14. Andrew Lawson

13. Mat Clark

13. Lee Smith

12. Luke Peters

12. James Robins

11. Ben Foley

11. Tom Varndell

10. Will Millett

10. Dan Lancaster

9. Murray McConnell (c)

9. James Elliott

1. Aniseko Sio

1. James Flynn

2. Jake Farnworth

2. Louis Musetti

3. Oisin Heffernan

3. Conor Davidson

4. Llewelyn Jones

4. Ed Bloodworth

5. Danny Qualter

5. Alex Humfrey

6. Seb Cecil

6. Will Hill

7. George Cox

7. Taylor Gough

8. Josh Poullet

8. Callum Bustin 

16. Alfie Barbeary

16. Ben Sugars

17. Jamie Jack

17. Cole Wilson

18. Ben Betts

18. Will Archer

19. Callum Allen

19. Mike Williams

20. James Connolly

20. James Seabrook

21. Alex Dolly

21. Guy Graham

22. Tom Stephenson

22. Joe Green

23. Harry Strong

23. Joe Carlisle