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