Full-back McColl looking for a better showing this time around

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STEVIE MCCOLL is looking for a better result both personally and as a team when Yorkshire Carnegie host London Scottish at Ilkley tomorrow.

He starts at full-back in the British & Irish Cup game having missed last week’s defeat in Jersey due to a groin problem. However, the ex-Gloucester star was also dogged by problems when the sides last met on the opening day of the Championship season, Carnegie losing 
28-12 at the Athletic Ground.

McColl, 29, recalled: “It was a bit of a nightmare for me. I’d been struggling with a back issue in pre-season and wasn’t 100 per cent but it was one of those where, being the first game of the season, I thought it’d be fine and would get better as I went on.

“But it actually got a lot worse and I had to come off at half-time.

“As a group it wasn’t great either. Not having a pre-season game didn’t help but we dropped a lot of ball, made some poor decisions and by the last 10 or 15 minutes were exhausted and that saw Scottish score some more tries.

“We’re much better prepared now, though, and hopefully we’ll get back to winning ways.”

With half-backs Alex Davies and Callum Irvine injured, centre Pete Lucock moves to fly-half and captains the side.

Front-rows Marc Thomas and Charlie Beech return, Josh Bainbridge, Tom Casson and Ben West are fit again whilst Sam Wolstenholme is set to debut off the bench.

FRESH START: Yorkshire Carnegie will travel to Hartpury on the opening day of the 2018-19 Championship season. Picture: Jon Gawthorpe.

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