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Yorkshire Carnegie 43 vs Nottingham 14 - Match Report

For much of this game they looked out of sorts, and were second best in most departments, particularly the scrum where the Yorkshire front row had them in all sorts of trouble.

Again yellow cards cost them, with Campese Ma'afu and Shaun Malton both sin-binned.

The home side took the lead after 10 minutes when skipper Ryan Burrows touched down from a well-controlled maul following a lineout deep in the Nottingham 22. Harry Leonard missed the conversion, but struck over a penalty midway through the first half to make it 8-nil.

They stretched that lead further with a fine try from Jonah Holmes, who took a good pass from Leonard and slipped past three defenders before crossing. Leonard made it 15-nil with the conversion.

Unfortunately Nottingham full back Billy Robinson was knocked unconscious in the build up and had to leave the action, replaced by loanee Nick Carpenter.

Then came the yellow cards, with prop Ma'afu off for a scrummaging offence, and by the time he returned his front row colleague Malton followed him into the sin bin for pulling down a maul. Despite that the Green and Whites almost scored when winger Pila Iongi broke away before being forced into touch.

They managed to hold Carnegie out and went in at the break trailing by those 15 points, but within four minutes of the restart the home side almost added a third try as full back Christian Georgiou went close.

Carnegie kept possession though and soon sent in Holmes for his second of the day as he gathered a kick form Leonard, who duly converted to make it 22-nil.

Scrum half Sam Egerton then broke clear and sent a well-timed pass to Georgiou who scored under the posts giving Leonard a simple conversion.

A try from Javiah Pohe, converted by replacement Tiff Eden, gave Nottingham brief hope but the home side cancelled out that score through back row man Jarad Williams, the conversion added by replacement Louis Grimoldby made it 36-7.

Michael Holford replied with a try for Nottingham, Eden again converting, before Holmes completed his hat trick, taking a pass from Richard Beck and sprinting clear, Grimoldby completing the scoring.

Despite the defeat though the Green and Whites remain fourth in the Championship table.