WOUNDED YORKSHIRE Carnegie have been challenged to “right some wrongs” today when they bid to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.
Carnegie face Bedford in a British and Irish Cup tie at Selby, a week after losing 51-35 to Ealing Trailfinders in the same competition.
That ended a six-game winning start to the campaign and coach Bryan Redpath admitted lessons have to be learned.
“We were disappointed in many ways, but we can’t dwell on it,” he said.
“We lost a game, we’ve accepted it and we’ll have to move on and right the wrongs this week.
“There’s a few changes in the team, but ultimately last week was a good reminder to everyone that no game is a given and at 28-12 or 33-19 we should have won that game.”
Mike Mayhew will make his first start for Carnegie at hooker today, after scoring two tries on his debut off the bench last week.
Redpath has changed his entire front-row for today’s game with Lee Imiolek and Rob O’Donnell starting either side of Mayhew.
In the back-row, captain Ryan Burrows will return in place of Andy Saull and Richard Mayhew starts instead of Chris Walker.
The only change in the back division sees full-back Stevie McColl returning to the starting 15 to replace Christian Georgiou.
Redpath said he is keen to give his backs a chance to prove they are better than they showed against Ealing.
“I think some players didn’t perform as well as they would have liked to,” he said.
“There’s an opportunity for them to back up and change some of the mistakes they made last week.
“Even in the pack we have got our bumps and bruises so we always have to keep changing.
“On the whole there’s some changes, but not necessarily drastic.
“I believe the group was still strong enough to win [last week’s game] and sadly in the last 20 minutes we conceded two soft tries at crucial times that allowed them to get their tails up.
“But I believe in the group. I think the group need to repay each other and put in a performance against Bedford.”
Redpath expects Carnegie’s defence to be tested today. He said: “I’ve watched Bedford’s last three or four games and they’ve always been a very good attacking side.
“Most of their games are reasonably high scoring.
“We have to be extremely disciplined defensively and also very controlled when we have the ball.
“When you cough up a simple turnover, a loose pass, poor kick, they are a side that can punish you.”
Yorkshire Carnegie (v Bedford): McColl, Goss, Forsyth, Casson, Prell, Seals, Green, Imiolek, Mayhew, O’Donnell, Whetton, Sanderson, Burrows, Mayhew, Stedman. Replacements Graham, Beech, Parker, Smith, Beck, Allan, Wright.
Kick-off: Today, 2.30pm at Selby RUFC.