Yorkshire Carnegie well-versed in Ealing Trailfinders challenge

Richard Beck of Yorkshire CarnegieRichard Beck of Yorkshire Carnegie
Richard Beck of Yorkshire Carnegie
YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE'S Richard Beck has stressed the importance of momentum as they head into the Championship play-offs for a second season running.

Bryan Redpath’s side completed their regular-season campaign with a 33-20 win over Ealing Trailfinders – the team they now face in the semi-finals.

With leaders London Irish winning at fourth-placed Doncaster Knights on Saturday, they prevented the South Yorkshire club snatching third from Ealing.

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Carnegie were already certain of second spot before kick-off and Redpath duly made a dozen changes.

But blindside flanker Beck, who scored one of the club’s five tries, said: “I thought it was a really good performance.

“There were a few lads that had not played for a while and haven’t played together that much, but to get a result like that and play the way we did and defend the way we did was pleasing. It was a good team performance.

“There probably wasn’t anything to play for league wise, but there was a lot personally. It might be a few of the lads’ last game for the club and we wanted to carry the momentum from the past two weeks into the play-offs.”

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Promotion-chasing Carnegie head to Ealing for the first leg on Friday April 28 before the return at Headingley on Friday May 5 as they seek to make up for the disappointment of losing to Doncaster at this stage last year.

Beck, who was named man-of-the-match, said: “This victory won’t mean too much when it comes to the play-offs but it’s nice to get a win. There’s probably not a lot we’ve learned that we didn’t already know.

“They’re a pretty physical side who like to throw the ball around a bit but we stopped their line-out maul quite well which is a big weapon for them.”