Yorkshire Carnegie: We won’t press panic button says Burrows

Ryan Burrows.
Ryan Burrows.
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YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE juggernaut Ryan Burrows insists they won’t press the panic button as they seek to get back to winning ways tonight.

Bryan Redpath’s side are at Nottingham in the Championship keen to instantly put behind them last week’s disappointing 10-7 home loss to London Welsh.

That was their fourth league defeat of the campaign and saw them drop a place to third.

No8 Burrows admitted: “It was the first time this season that our set-piece did not function as we’d expected.

“I can’t put my finger on why that was but maybe teams are realising we’re such a threat in those areas and are now going to come and target us a lot more there. But we’ve worked on it in training this week ready for Nottingham on Friday.

“We realise teams will try and stop us there (line-out) so we have to come up with different answers if and when they do.”

Nottingham are up to fifth, just six points behind Carnegie, following a 34-22 win at Ealing Trailfinders last Saturday.

They have defeated Carnegie in three of their last four visits there and Burrows admitted: “It will be tough there. It always is for us at Lady Bay. Nottingham seem to be our bogey team. We’ve not had the best of results down there in the past.

“But I’m sure if we execute what we’ve been working on in training and stick to the game plan we’ll come out on top.

“We had a lot of territory against Welsh but we probably tried to play a little too much summer rugby in those (rainy) conditions rather than adapting and playing it more in their 22.

“But that’s fixable and something we can easily put right. It doesn’t require anything drastic and we’re not hitting the panic button for this week.”

The former Rotherham Titans forward, who consistently remains one of Carnegie’s top players, knows there is little margin for error now.

Doncaster Knights have usurped them from second spot and, though they are still just five points adrift of leaders Bristol, he said: “It’s going to go right down to the wire. We know we can pick up wins and improve but we can’t afford to lose many more. It’s really tight up there and that’s credit to all the teams in that area.

“The Championship is certainly a league getting stronger and stronger year on year and it just shows at the moment with how competitive it is.”

Carnegie are intent on reaching the play-offs after missing out on the top four following a disastrous campaign last season which started with Gary Mercer’s ill-fated reign and saw Tommy McGee struggle, too, before Redpath arrived to steady the ship in March.

Carnegie make four changes for the trip to Nottingham.

Pete Lucock comes in for the injured Tom Casson at centre while Redpath continues to rotate his half backs with Chris Pilrim and Joel Hodgson starting, Kevin Sinfield is a replacement this week.

In the forwards, Chris Walker replaces Josh Bainbridge.

On the bench Dean Schofield returns for Jack Barnard while youngster Max Wright is also included.