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Well on the way.
Yorkshire Carnegie took a big stride towards the Championship Final play off with a comprehensive victory in the first leg of the semi-final over Ealing Trailfinders.
Team news and matchday thread
Yorkshire Carnegie meet Ealing Traiilfinders in the play-off semifinal first leg tomorrow night. As a result the management has named the Tykes squad today, Thursday. The team picks itself these days so there is only one surprise in the lineup.
It's that time of year!
The rugby season is over for most clubs in the Championship. For four clubs, including our own Yorkshire Carnegie, the past 8 months was just the precursor to the main event. We are now into the play-offs. Doncaster Knights and Carnegie are old hands at this game but it is a first time for both London Irish and Ealing Trailfinders. The semi final first legs are this coming weekend....
Time to front up
So, we are there. A semi Final place in the Championship play offs, and the chance to win promotion to the ‘Promised Land’. London Irish were always the favourites, and apart from a late blip at Jersey, would have gone through the entire season undefeated. They are worthy favourites to return to the Premiership, but, for possibly the first time this season, the pressure is on. They know, that one under par performance could see their dreams shattered.
The Yorkshire Carnegie management has announced the team to play Ealing Trailfinders at HC tomorrow. There are 13 changes to the side that won at Bedford last weekend. Clearly we are keeping our powder dry going into the playoffs.
ET and other stories
The Championship regular season ends on Saturday at teatime. The champions and the bottom club have already been decided. By a quirk of the computer the top four sides clash in Yorkshire this weekend. The results could have a large bearing on how the play-offs pan out....
News for the Blues
The team to travel to Bedford this weekend has been announced. It contains three changes to the side that beat Richmond.The big news for this week is that Player of the Year contender, Pistol Pete Lucock returns to the inside centre slot that he has made his own this season. Ross Graham comes in for Asbo at hooker and Matt Smith returns to the second row to replace Mike Myerscough.
Once a Tyke,.........
Yorkshire Carnegie managed to halt the slump in results at the weekend with a home win against Richmond. This result guarantees our lads a place in the play-offs. To cap it all the sun shone on Headingley Carnegie stadium throughout the match. Perfect! All is well in LS6.......
No rest for the wicked.
This weekend there is the promise of a feast of rugby. As well as being able to watch old boy Danny Care strutting his stuff in Dublin Yorkshire Carnegie fans can head down the A1 to Castle Park where the lads are playing Doncaster Knights in the Championship run in.
Unleash the puppies!
Yorkshire Carnegie has announced a much changed team to play at the Madjeski staium this weekend. The side will be skippered by Ollie Goss and includes a number of young players with very little first team experience: