Redpath wants Carnegie to improve at set pieces

Bryan Redpath
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BRYAN REDPATH says Yorkshire Carnegie are keen to remedy line-out issues as they take on Nottingham in the Championship tomorrow.

His side play their first home game of the season having started with a 30-12 success at Ealing Trailfinders last week.

Nottingham also opened with a victory, albeit a late on in their 25-22 win over visiting London Scottish, and Redpath is aware the visitors will be confident.

“They beat us away from home last year and got a good win last week,” he said.

“We got a good victory at home last time but they still scored a few points against us so we can’t be loose against them because they are dangerous.

“We would certainly like to improve our set piece against Nottingham.

“I think we lost five line-outs against Ealing. There were collective reasons for that and there were scoring opportunities that we didn’t capitalise on, too, so there is lots for us to work on.”

If Carnegie are serious about promotion, this season, they cannot afford to slip up against teams like Nottingham during the campaign.

Redpath makes two changes to his starting line-up in readiness for the fixture.

England Sevens international Alex Gray, who came off the bench at Ealing, comes in for Andy Forsyth at centre alongside Pete Lucock while, up front, Lee Imiolek starts in place of loosehead prop Charlie Beech.

On the bench, Rob O’Donnell makes his comeback after suffering a knock to the head in pre-season and – with those line-out issues in mind – lock Jack Whetton could be set to make his debut.

The New Zealander, who has experience with Leicester Tigers in the Premiership, is the son of Gary Whetton, who played 58 Tests for the All Blacks and captained them 15 times.

“I think we controlled the game quite well against Ealing,” continued Redpath.

“We had some frustrating times during the game but overall we controlled it well, especially in the second half with the wind and the rain behind us.

“We played smart and kept them out of our half and there was probably two or three opportunities to capitalise and score more points.

“But to concede none in the second half and score 10 was very important for us.

“Now we have Rob O’Donnell and Jack Whetton back this week and hopefully they will come into the mix and pressurise the players in the second-row.”

There are already players injured and Redpath explained: “Michael Cusack has had an ankle and neck injury and has lost a lot of pre-season in terms of running. Mike Mayhew and Ross Graham have had niggles and bumps so hopefully there are more coming back in the next week or so. Injuries mean the players have to dig in for each other and if that means an 80 minute stint then it means an 80 minute stint.”