MATCH FO­CUS

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

Good day: Matt Smith

A fine way for the ex­pe­ri­enced lock to cel­e­brate his 100th league game for the club. Not many have reached that mile­stone - just seven be­fore him - and fit­ting that the Barns­ley-born for­ward did so in his na­tive South York­shire. Caused Don­caster’s line-out all sorts of is­sues.

Bad day: Kurt Mo­rath

The Tonga fly-half was back af­ter miss­ing the last two games in­jured but went off with a prob­lem in the sec­ond half here. Don­caster need him fit and fir­ing if they are to get out of this rut so they will be des­per­ate to make sure it is not a se­ri­ous is­sue.

Key mo­ment

72nd minute: Chris Elder’s penalty gave Carnegie an eight-point ad­van­tage they were never likely to let slip.

Ref watch

Michael Hud­son: Missed a cou­ple of for­ward passes but gen­er­ally han­dled game well.

Ver­dict

Carnegie are up and run­ning and have made some key sign­ings. Don­caster still have tools to get out of trou­ble.

Next game

Coven­try v Don­caster; Satur­day, 3pm; Carnegie v Cor­nish Pi­rates, Sun­day, 3pm.

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