Yorkshire Carnegie: Half-backs thriving under new coach Redpath

Yorkshire 'Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows slides over for a try against London Scottish. PIC: Tony Johnson
Yorkshire 'Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows slides over for a try against London Scottish. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Yorkshire Carnegie produced one of their best performances of the season to swat aside Championship play-off contenders London Scottish.

Carnegie out-scored the visitors by six tries to one, including the impressive half-back combination of Chris Pilgrim and Harry Leonard.

Four games into his tenure at Headingley, former Sale boss Redpath said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of the game. It was always going to be a difficult game but I thought the boys were excellent in the first 20 minutes.

“I was delighted with their effort and some of the stuff that we worked on in training came off, that’s the other pleasing part.”

Carnegie came flying out the blocks and Leonard opened with a penalty two minutes in.

The home side continued to swarm all over the visitors and when Pete Lucock’s line break created space, the ball found its way to Pilgrim to cross over and Leonard added the extras. From Pilgrim’s quick penalty tap, Matt Smith, Charlie Beech and Leonard combined to send the fly-half over for a try which he converted.

From a five-metre rolling maul, Carnegie had Scottish going backwards and once over the line Beech touched the ball down and Leonard kicked the three points from out wide.

With Mike Friday’s men now camped in the Carnegie 22, the home side were reduced to 14 when former Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Pilgrim was sent to the sin-bin for coming into the ruck from the side.

Nevertheless, a sustained period of pressure deep in Scottish territory brought about the bonus-point try.

Having seen Chevvy Pennycook sent to the stands for 10 minutes because of an infringement at the breakdown, Carnegie took advantage up front and Smith rumbled over from a rolling maul close in.

Scottish finally got on the scoreboard five minutes into the second period when a strong run from replacement James Chisholm held off the Carnegie defence and Adam Preocanin dived over.

But a second penalty from Leonard on the 22 kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Skipper Ryan Burrows out-ran Dan Newton from the halfway line for the fifth try, which Leonard converted. From another rolling maul close in Burrows grounded and Leonard kicked the extras.

Straight from the kick off Burrows took play over halfway and only a last ditch tackle prevented him from completing what would have been a remarkable second-half hat-trick.

Yorkshire Carnegie: Georgiou, Doherty (Prell 69), Fitzpatrick, Lucock, Goss, Leonard, Pilgrim (Egerton 73), Beech (Imiolek 65), J. Walker (Nilsen 75), Hill (Hooper 75), Harris (Edwards 69), Smith, Jones (Ramshaw 73), C. Walker, Burrows.

London Scottish: Millar, Doneghan, Moffat, Gidlow, Mantella (Lydon 35), Newton, Heeks (Calder 58), Lilley, Kwasnicki (c) (Hallam 52), Rae (Chawatama 48), Tuisamoa (Chisholm 40), Preocanin, Gillanders, Pennycook (Brown 58), Ludlow (Bright 48).

Referee: Simon Harding (RFU)

Attendance: 1,568.