Yorkshire Carnegie 21 Bedford Blues 28
By James Larsson
A crisp, breezy autumnal day in Leeds was the scene for an injury riddled Carnegie sides attempt to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
The visitors- Bedford Blues who had injuries concerns themselves arrived in West Yorkshire following three consecutive defeats giving Carnegie every reason to be optimistic about properly kick starting their season.
The opening exchanges were lively with the Blues shading the share of early possession in their opponents half. The early territorial advantage for the visitors paid dividends as the pressure caused Yorkshire to concede a penalty for failing to roll away.
Jacob Atkins punished Carnegie’s indiscipline by slotting the ball through the posts to give his side an early 3-0.
It was pivotal that Carnegie responded positively to their visitors early lead and they did exactly that.
Carnegie were awarded a penalty which allowed Andy Forsyth’s punt to place them inside the Blues 22.
Consecutive powerful catch and drives from Dylan Donnellan slick line-out throws allowed the Carnegie forwards to really put the the Blues pack to the sword. Double penalties due to the Blues collapses resulted in an inevitable try for Josh Bainbridge who dropped down on the try line on the far touch line following another thoroughly efficient Carnegie rolling maul.
Winger Chris Elder calmly nudged over a tricky conversion to reward Carnegie and particularly their efficient pack with a 4 point lead after 8 minutes .
Buoyed by the score Carnegie decided to exploit the decent weather conditions by attacking from their own side of the half way line. No. 8 Dan Term showed a nice turn of pace breaking through line excelling forty metres as Yorkshire swept their way up to the Bedford 22.
The southern outfit tracked back well, this led to Carnegie shipping the ball out to the far side and looked like all the world to score a try, however Bedford scrambled Elder in to touch.
The game started to settle as both sides exchanged kicks to one another, a penalty was what either side needed to earn some dangerous field position and it was a sloppy offside form Carnegie that allowed Jacob Atkins to kick for the corner.
An efficient Blues line-out resulted in constant phases which ultimately led to No.8 Jared Williams barrelling himself over the try line, the 5 points were turned into 7 as Jacob Atkins converted.
Indiscipline from Carnegie with some particular difficulties in the scrum allowed the Blues to have a couple of penalty attempts at goal to further extend their lead. Fortune was on Carnegie’s side as Atkins failed twice with his attempts at the post, allowing Carnegie to head in to dressing room 3 points down having showed plenty of positive signs with some swift attacking rugby .
Carnegie’s intentions were clear from the restart, winning an early penalty and opting to go for the corner, forward possession resulted in being held up and the reward of a 5 metre scrum, however the Blues took the feed against the head before clearing their lines, meaning a great chance of regaining the lead was missed.
Another frustrating offside penalty allowed the away side to increase their lead. Yorkshire responded perfectly to this set back firstly a Dan Moor break down the wing launched his side upfield a neat inside pass followed to team mate Oli Fox who was tackled by the scrambling Blues defender, who then won a penalty for his side who cleared their lines.
Carnegie came flying straight back however, this time Andy Forsyth barged through the defence covering thirty metres before a perfectly timed inside pass to George Watkins saw the centre pile over the try line.
The conversion was successful putting the Northerners within 2 points. Bedford however, responded strongly Dean Adamson made a break and charged up the left wing, but a heroic try saving tackle from Watkins stopped him 5 metres out.
However the break put the Blues in a fantastic field position, this eventually led a try extending their lead to 23-14. A Will Britton yellow card followed and aided Bedford in getting another try, this time Jacob Fields went over from a rolling maul.
There was however a strong a Yorkshire finish, Dan Temm broke 40 yards upfield, scoring to conclude a much more positive Yorkshire performance, with players to return and an improvement in discipline it seems Yorkshire aren’t too far away from turning the corner this season.
Full Time – Yorkshire Carnegie 21-28 Bedford Blues.