Worcester 30 Yorkshire Carnegie 26: Carnegie miss chance to burst Worcester bubble

Chris Walker.
Chris Walker.
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Yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath suffered his first defeat since joining the club but the Scot was left to rue an opportunity to inflict a first defeat of the season at home on high-flying Worcester.

The fact that Yorkshire still had a chance to win the game with five minutes to go was all the more remarkable given that they found themselves 19-0 down after 17 minutes and down to 14 men with Chris Jones in the sin bin after an off the ball infringement on the return to his former club.

The visitors conceded two tries to hooker Augustin Creevy after winger Sam Smith had opened the scoring for the home side. With Jones in the bin, it looked like Carnegie were heading for a heavy defeat.

But scrum-half Sam Egerton capitalised on a smart offload by the impressive Chris Walker to get the visitors’ first try before Walker himself was driven over from a line-out close to the Warriors try line.

Louis Grimoldby converted both tries to cut the gap to 19-14 at half time.

Worcester opted to kick a penalty at the start of the second half to increase their lead but immediately Carnegie came back into the game as they created a smart try from a set move at the line out. Ben Harris put Ryan Burrows through a gap and eventually Walker recycled the ball to young prop Paul Hill. Grimoldby, who had a disappointing day with the boot, hooked the conversion attempt wide but Yorkshire had looked to have rescued the game as they now trailed just 22-19.

However, the visitors then upped their game and crossed for a fourth try through centre Max Stelling. The Warriors then looked to have put the game beyond Yorkshire when full-back Chris Pennell crossed out wide but with Ryan Lamb missing both conversions there was still a hope for the Carnegie at 32-19.

That hoped was renewed when Egerton went over for his second try. Harry Leonard added the conversion.

Unfortunately they had to settle for just the try bonus point as Worcester crossed for a sixth try with three minutes remaining through replacement Sam Betty, converted by Symons.

Worcester Warriors: Pennell, Smith, Stelling, Mills, Vuna, Lamb (Symons, 70), Arr (Mulchrone 67); Ruskin (Bower 70), Creevy (George 60), Schonert (Bower 32), Williams (O’Shea 74), Thomas, Senatore, Lewis (Betty 68), van Velze

Yorkshire Carnegie: Georgiou, Doherty, Clarke (Fitzpatrick 65), Lucock, Goss, Grimoldby (Leonard 45), Egerton, Imiolek (Beech 61), Nilsen (Graham 69), Hill (Tideswell 61), Harris, Smith (Ramshaw 69), Jones, Walker, Burrows

Referee: Ian Tempest.