Yorkshire Carnegie made it three wins out of four with a 29-24 British and Irish Cup win over London Scottish.
Having suffered a dip in form in the league, Bryan Redpath’s men have used the break for the Cup to set themselves up perfectly for a White Rose derby with Rotherham Titans next Sunday.
It also puts them at the top of their pool going into the final two rounds.
This victory, building on a comfortable win at Scarborough last week, was all about forward power as three of Carnegie’s four tries came from their catch-and-drive, with a fourth coming from a penalty try after Scottish were adjudged to have pulled up Yorkshire’s rolling maul illegally.
Despite an early Kevin Sinfield penalty, Carnegie found themselves 10-3 down after Rory Hughes burst through a gap in midfield.
Peter Lydon converted having earlier kicked a penalty. Redpath’s men then made their hosts pay for some sloppy execution when Lee Imiolek crashed through a tackle and over the whitewash, Sinfield converting.
A succession of impeded mauls resulted in Carnegie being awarded a penalty try with James Gibbons sin-binned for his troubles.
But despite being a man down, Scottish responded at the start of the second half when Dan Newton crossed.
Another catch-and-drive saw Andy Saull emerge with the try as Sinfield converted to give Carnegie a 24-17 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
Scottish set up a grandstand finish when captain Mark Bright was driven over from close range, Lydon converting to level matters.
With time running out Yorkshire gained a penalty well within Sinfield’s range but they opted to kick for the corner instead.
The former Leeds Rhino set up another catch-and-drive from which Charlie Beech crashed over.
Sinfield struck the post with his conversion attempt.
Speaking after the game, prop Imiolek said: “It has been good to get back to back wins over London Scottish in the Cup. We have got a massive game against Rotherham Titans next week and we know just how tough that is going to be.”
London Scottish: Lydon, Earle, Fergusson, Grove, Hughes, Newton, Horne, Gibbons, Kwasnicki, Cross, Carrick-Smith, Patrick, Bartle, Clarke, Bright. Replacements: Litchfield, Cherry, Cosgrove, Hewitt, Walker, Harries, Weir.
Yorkshire Carnegie: Holmes, Stegmann, Wright, Leonard, Doherty, Sinfield, Pilgrim, Imiolek, Nilsen, Hooper, Myerscough, Schofield, Beck, Barnard, Burrows. Replacements: J. Walker, Beech, O’Donnell, Jones, Saull, Hodgson, Lucock.