Don­nel­lan’s dou­ble keeps up Carnegie mo­men­tum

The Rugby Paper - - Championship Cup - By GUY WIL­LIAMS

CARNEGIE’S im­proved form gath­ered more mo­men­tum as they beat their York­shire ri­vals for the sec­ond time in a week in the re­turn derby at Cas­tle Park which will be re­mem­bered for poor dis­ci­pline by both sides.

Ref­eree Dean Richards saw fit to dish out six yel­low cards af­ter re­peated off­side warn­ings – three to each team – in a close con­test which was again lit­tered with penal­ties.

At one stage in the sec­ond half, Don­caster were slashed to 12 play­ers with for­wards Josh Tyrell and Robin His­lop in the sin bin along­side winger Cur­tis Wil­son.

Carnegie also suf­fered af­ter the in­ter­val when they were cut to 13 fol­low­ing yel­low card­sto fly­half Jade Te Rure and prop Sam Nixon, hav­ing seen Fa’atinga Le­malu binned for de­lib­er­ate off­side be­fore half-time.

Carnegie, strength­ened by 12 new sign­ings, are now mak­ing progress with three wins in the Cup. “I’m de­lighted with the per­for­mance of the whole team. We’ve now got strength in depth,” said coach Chris Stir­ling. “The game lost shape with all the yel­lows, but the ref had had enough.”

Don­caster, with a lead of 18-10 at the in­ter­val af­ter skil­ful tries by cen­tre Will Owen and No.8 Ol­lie Stedman, on his re­turn to the side, should be kick­ing them­selves for throw­ing away a promis­ing po­si­tion.

Carnegie’s pack be­gan to gain ter­ri­tory and built on the first half try by hooker Dy­lan Don­nel­lan, who had been driven over from a li­ne­out.

The for­mer Le­in­ster academy player, who joined Carnegie in Septem­ber on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Stu­art Lan­caster, took ad­van­tage of his for­wards’ power on 68 min­utes when he was pushed over for his sec­ond try en­abling his side to draw level at 18-18.

The ac­cu­rate goal kick­ing on Ja­cob Umaga, who’d al­ready struck a con­ver­sion and two penal­ties, added an­other two points that put Carnegie in front for the first time at 20-18.

Don­caster, down to 12, af­ter yel­low cards on 63, 66 and 70 min­utes, were com­mit­ting sui­cide, but sur­pris­ingly con­ceded just the seven points as they fought hard to deny Carnegie more scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Stedman, de­lighted to be back, says Don­caster must im­prove their dis­ci­pline. “We have to look at our­selves and we didn’t help our­selves with the ref­eree who had his rea­sons.”

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