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200 not out

200 not out

By Gelbel
January 29 2017

And the Yorkshire Carnegie juggernaut rolls on for our (current) favourite son as others start to cement their places in our hearts. The umbrellas and layers of clothing packed into the boot of  the car were abandoned when the #girlsontour arrived at The Athletic Ground’s (free) car park as the weather was positively balmy compared to the fog and rain of the frozen north.

And the positivity continued after the obligative pork baps as the match kicked off with Yorkshire Carnegie attacking from the off. The first attacking lineout was fumbled but practice makes perfect and Holmes opened his account after the forwards did the damage and let the backs finish off their hard work. Ford missed the conversion, it was a kick not far from the side line but not miles out - it had no legs. 0-5 after eight minutes.

Scottish scored a mirror image try within minutes that was converted. Yorkshire Carnegie took the lead again after Ford scored a penalty awarded for Scottish holding on after snaffling the ball from more good work by the Yorkshire Carnegie forwards. We were then treated to the best bit of the match – Scottish had worked the ball out of their 22 to the half way line and Richard Mayhew managed to steal the ball (actually steal’s not the right word – it was daylight robbery and probably only just borderline legal) to float it out to Davies who booted it forwards for Casson to collect and chip ahead for Holmes to run in his second under the posts, setting up an easy conversion for Ford. 7-15 after around 20 minutes.

Scottish’s fly-half was binned for a deliberate knock on when Yorkshire Carnegie were building up a head of steam. Ford scored the resultant penalty. 7-18. Despite being one man short Scottish had a spell of possession and Lucock made a stonking tackle that was deemed high (to a grasshopper perhaps). Scottish’s second try came from the line out and it was converted. 14-18 around the half hour mark.

Yorkshire Carnegie attacked again with Elder making a break, Buzz, who was having a lovely bish, bash, bosh time at #8, moved the ball forwards and got it to the backs, a series of attacks across the both sides of the pitch found Lucock break the defence for the third try. The conversion was going to be way off target but it swerved in and with an almighty thud, rebounded off the upright. 14-23 at half time.

Here we go we thought, a fourth try won’t be long coming once the match restarted. However, the only thing that was not long coming in the second half were the replacements. Yorkshire Carnegie were not without endeavour but Scottish thwarted every spell of attack. They even managed to take a lineout throw when they put the ball into touch after two ‘Benny Hillesque’ attempts from Yorkshire Carnegie and the ref had enough of the comedic scenes.

Ford scored a penalty for the only points of the second half with thirty minutes left to play. With less than ten left a Scottish player, whose armpits were at Joe’s eye level, was running away from him, Joe got hold of him by the shoulders and was binned for a high tackle. However, every cloud and all that, as McColl was on for an injured Stegman, we enjoyed the spectacle of him booming the ball up the pitch for the three or four kicks for touch he took. And the Yorkshire Carnegie defence, in the last five or so minutes, came back from wherever it had banished itself.

The final score was 14-26 and a first win for Yorkshire Carnegie at London Scottish in the #girlsontour memories. With the London Welsh matches erased from history it’s now 11 out of 12 in the league for Yorkshire Carnegie.

Some observations, while I joked practice makes perfect, the lineout needs some work. At least four times we messed it up in the oppositions’ 22 that squandered potential scoring chances. There were others overturned too. Seeing Stevie gain so much more yardage than Joe got us talking – Joe stands nearly face on to the touchline when he kicks. If he was to look more ahead he’d kick it further – watch him next week. Chris Elder is a find, he is settling in nicely – his combo with Jonah and Stevie looks powerful.

Buzz has to play at #8, one that’s where he belongs and two, and just as important, Richard Mayhew is outstanding at six. He always plays very well, yesterday he had his best match for us by a country mile. Sione Faletau has a backside the size of a police horse's and he's extremely effective in a discrete way. The scrum was so much better yesterday – it had started to work when Cussack came on at Scarborough but this was consistent, good, scrummaging, winning Sir’s approval on several occasions.

Many congratulations to Phil Nilsen for his 200th appearance for the club – may there be many more to come. While that’s to be celebrated and he had a good game on the park, my pint of Drambuie and Irn Brew goes to Richard Mayhew for an assassin’s performance and his badass attitude. 

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Wildwillie (IP Logged)
29/01/2017 13:11
Fascinating reading. Thanks Gel. Well done Asbo!


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leemingtyke (IP Logged)
29/01/2017 15:32
Excellent write up, as always Gel

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almostatyke (IP Logged)
30/01/2017 15:06
Great report, Gel. I was sat behind the girlsontour, and just behind me was England international, Lozzer.

She Was Like A Bearded Rainbow

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Gelbel (IP Logged)
30/01/2017 19:02
I walked past him - several times. (Sm100)

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almostatyke (IP Logged)
30/01/2017 19:31
Having just got home, and now being able to access the offie properly (not impressed by the mobile site), seems Brush was a little disappointed about not getting a bonus point. It is good that the team know they need to do better but I thought that it was a really solid away performance. Make no mistake, Scottish were playing for their lives as they smell a play-off place opportunity, and I was perhaps more impressed that we denied them a losing bonus point - that they probably deserved - than getting 5 points but having the usual last minute squeeky bum panic.
Note that LI are going through the post-Christmas trough that most relegated teams go through, and were a bit fortunate to win against Ealing, but our biggest weakness (defence) is improving. So we have hope!

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leemingtyke (IP Logged)
30/01/2017 20:32
By the time the play offs come around, the pressure on Irish will be immense. We have a chance if we keep improving between now and then.

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Carnegiette1 (IP Logged)
30/01/2017 21:50
Good write up of a good day out. Thanks Gel

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