Rugby Union: Plymouth Albion 17 Yorkshire Carnegie 28

Bryan Redpath.

Bryan Redpath.

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Yorkshire Carnegie kept alive their play-off hopes with a well-deserved bonus-point victory at relegation-threatened Plymouth Albion.

With newly-appointed head coach Bryan Redpath in charge for the first time, Carnegie were certainly up for a game, they dominated for long periods.

Deep in injury time, Plymouth got to within six points but Carnegie turned the home side over inside their 22 and put replacement Jon Clarke over for the bonus-point try.

Carnegie’s victory was built around an excellent performance from the pack but the man of the match was fly-half Harry Leonard, who finished with a personal tally of 13 points.

A smiling Redpath reflected: “I was delighted with the win and the manner in which the boys stuck at it.

“I was delighted with the spirit and I thought the forwards were outstanding. Our scrum and our drive was exceptional.

“There are a lot of things to work on but to get back-to-back wins and five points away from home is excellent.”

Redpath added: “I think we had about 12 or 13 line breaks in the game and didn’t finish them off.

“We should have been further ahead at half-time.

“A lot of the failings in the game were our own actions but for my first weekend I’m chuffed to bits.”

Carnegie missed an early chance to take the lead when Leonard’s penalty came back off an upright. However, he punished the home side with two kicks from the 22, which opened up a six-point lead.

Home skipper Declan Cusack slotted a penalty for a scrum offence. But after Cusack missed a long kick Carnegie rocked Plymouth with two tries in two minutes at the end of the first half.

Flanker Chris Walker finished off two-catch-and-drives, the second after Carnegie ‘old boy’ Rhys Oakley was binned. Leonard converted the first for an 18-3 interval lead.

Midway through the second half Leonard scored a fine individual try before Plymouth came back with two tries of their own.

Referee Gamage awarded Plymouth a penalty try before replacement winger Mark Kohler went over in the corner, converted by Cusack. But Clarke was able to stroll over in the corner for the bonus point try.

Plymouth Albion: L Rayner (M Kohler 68), J Arnott, B Woods, T Howley-Berridge (M Koteczky 40), J Henry, D Cusack capt, J Davies (C Setter 64), T Fidler (L Chapman 64), T Stagg (T Cowan-Dickie 52), A Tiedemann (D Pullinger 64), B Beukeboom, N Patrick (A Bone 80), T Jubb, E Grace, R Oakley.

Yorkshire Carnegie: C Georgiou, O Goss, P Lucock (J Clarke 65), J Fitzpatrick, D Doherty (J Graham 69), H Leonard, C Pilgrim (S Egerton 65), C Beech (L Imiolek 64), P Nilsen, J Tideswell (B Hooper 75), M Smith, C Jones (B Harris 39), J Williams, C Walker (J Bainbridge 80), R Burrows capt.

Attendance: 1,772.

Referee: Darren Gamage (RFU).

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