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Carnegie brush past insipid Scots

Carnegie brush past insipid Scots

Yorkshire Carnegie brushed aside a second rate London Scottish side this afternoon, scoring 29 first half points before eventually cruising to a deserved 46-7 win at Headingley.

Yorkshire Carnegie brushed aside a second rate London Scottish side this afternoon, scoring 29 first half points before eventually cruising to a deserved 46-7 win at Headingley.

The hosts were virtually out of sight in the opening 15 minutes, putting 24 points past the shell-shocked Exiles who easily produced their most disappointing performance of the season so far.


Following the euphoria of last Saturday’s historic win over Nottingham Rugby which sealed the Club’s place in the end of season play-offs, the Scots were brought back down to earth in emphatic style as Yorkshire dominated from start to finish, scoring six tries in all.

With in-form Rotherham Titans up next in the final game of the regular season before a two-legged play-off semi-final against either Bristol Rugby or Worcester Warriors, Scottish know they will need a return to form quickly to prevent another heavy defeat.

But this squad has shown character in abundance throughout what has been a successful league campaign and fans should expect a much improved performance next weekend.

Harry Leonard gave Yorkshire a third minute lead through a simple penalty after Matt Heeks had initially denied left winger David Doherty with a brilliant try-saving tackle.

It got better for the hosts when scrum-half Chris Pilgrim went over for their first try of the afternoon on six minutes.

He was on hand to receive Pete Lucock’s offload after the centre was sent through a gap by Leonard.

Fly-half Leonard then got over the line himself showing good pace to score after second rower Matt Smith got through the first line of defence, offloading to prop Charlie Beech who fed Leonard.

The former Scotland Under-20s cap added the extras before Yorkshire scored their third try on 15 minutes.

It followed an attacking line-out which ended with Beech scoring in the left corner from the resulting driving maul.

Leonard was inch perfect with the conversion, despite a stiff breeze, pushing Bryan Redpath’s side 24 points ahead in no time at all.

The Scots finally woke from their early slumber in the second quarter.

Miles Mantella was denied in the left corner before Yorkshire nine Pilgrim was sin-binned for persistent team infringement.

Scottish pressed for a try but eventually Matt Heeks was pinged for holding on right on Yorkshire’s line.

The visitors were made to pay immediately with lock Matt Smith scoring Carnegie’s bonus point try on 32 minutes in the right corner from their powerful attacking maul, just after Chevvy Pennycook had been yellow carded.

This time Leonard misfired with the extras but it mattered little as Yorkshire went in at the break, 29-0 ahead.

Stern words were clearly had inside the visiting changing room and it did the trick for a short time early in the second half.

England U20 back-rower James Chisholm, on as a half time replacement for Tai Tuisamoa, made a powerful break from a scrum, only to be held up just short of the line.

The ball was quickly recycled however allowing Adam Preocanin to crash over line for his first London Scottish try.


Peter Lydon who came on in the opening 40 for the injured Mantella, added the extras for 29-7.

The impressive Leonard responded with his second penalty on 55 minutes before Carnegie scored their fifth try of the match on the hour mark.

A looping pass by scrum-half Pilgrim found his skipper Ryan Burrows in acres of space on the left touchline, the number eight showing great pace to gallop home from 30 metres out.

Leonard’s successful kick moved his side into a now unassailable 39-7 lead.

The benches of both teams were emptied in the final quarter but that did not stop Burrows getting on the end of an attacking maul to score his second try in the right corner, Leonard’s touchline conversion moving them 46-7 ahead which completed a miserable afternoon for the Exiles.

For full play-off details, click here.


London Scottish

15, Lee Millar, 14, Mike Doneghan, 13, Kieran Moffat, 12, PJ Gidlow, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Matt Heeks, 1, Mark Lilley, 2, Adam Kwasnicki (c), 3, D’arcy Rae, 4, Tai Tuisamoa, 5, Adam Preocanin, 6, Gregor Gillanders, 7, Chevvy Pennycook, 8, Lewis Ludlow.

Used replacements: 22, Peter Lydon, , 19, Mark Bright, 20, James Chisholm, 17, Lovejoy Chawatama, 16, James Hallam, 18, Alex Brown, 21, Ben Calder.

Tries: Preocanin, 46mins

Conversions: Lydon, 46mins.

Yellow cards: Pennycook, 32mins.

Yorkshire Carnegie

15, Christian Georgiou, 14. David Doherty, 13. James Fitzpatrick, 12. Pete Lucock, 11. Oli Goss, 10. Harry Leonard, 9. Chris Pilgrim, 1. Charlie Beech, 2. Jack Walker, 3. Paul Hill, 4. Ben Harris, 5. Matt Smith, 6. Chris Jones, 7. Chris Walker, 8. Ryan Burrows (c)

Used replacements: 17, Lee Imiolek, , 19, Liam Edwards, , 22, Jon Clarke, 20, Jack Ramshaw, 21, Sam Egerton, 16, Phil Nilsen, 18, Ben Hooper.

Tries: Pilgrim, 6mins, Leonard, 9mins, Beech, 15mins, Smith, 32mins, Burrows, 60mins, 76mins.

Conversions:  Leonard, 6mins, 9 mins, 15mins, 60mins, 76mins.

Penalties: Leonard, 3mins, 55mins.

Yellow cards: Pilgrim. 27mins.

Referee: Simon Harding

Assistant referees: Simon Adams and Robin Goodliffe

Fourth Official: Jamie Leahy.

Attendance: 1568.

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