YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE coach Brian Redpath was”reasonably happy” with his side’s 10-10 draw with Romania in their opening pre-season game at Headingley yesterday.
Yorkshire twice hit back after the visitors, preparing for their World Cup campaign, had gone ahead.
Redpath said: “It was a bit messy in some parts, the conditions didn’t make it easy and they are a big outfit.
“We needed a hit-out against a good team and we got that.”
Romania’s Randall Morrison scored the only try of the first half, five minutes before the break, driving over after a penalty and then lineout close to Yorkshire’s line.
Florin Vlaicu, who had kicked the visitors ahead with an 18th minute penalty, converted.
Carnegie turned down the opportunity to kick for goal with a number of penalties throughout the game, but Harry Leonard did square the scores briefly in the opening period. The home side spent long periods of the second half camped on Romania’s line, but – despite the visitors being reduced to 14 men at one stage – managed just one touchdown, Chris Pilgrim sending James Fitzpatrick speeding over, with Leonard converting.
Redpath added: “We conceded one try, but everything else was good and we just need to be a bit more controlled in what we do.”