Play-off hopes take a hit as Blues lose out to Yorkshire Carnegie

Dean Adamson scored a great try for the Blues
Dean Adamson scored a great try for the Blues

Yorkshire Carnegie ran in five tries to secure a bonus point and crucially denied Bedford Blues any points in a 35-20 win at Headingley Carnegie.

Yorkshire and Bedford were equal on points going into this Easter Sunday clash, with Jersey hot on the heels of both clubs for the vital top-four finish for the play-offs.

The home side took an early lead when Matt Smith broke through the Bedford defence. He was hauled down but Bedford came over the top and Sinfield had an easy kick at goal to give his side a 3-0 lead.

Yorkshire then crossed for the game’s opening try as the Blues spilled the ball and Richard Beck was on hand to pick up and stretch out to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 10-0 .

Bedford were awarded a penalty and Jake Sharp was on target to cut the gap to 10-3.

Blues no 8 Joel Conlon was then driven over from a lineout but Sharp pulled his conversion wide, before Taylor Prell took Burrows’ pass and finished cleverly after stepping past Henry Taylor.

Bedford rallied in the final minutes of the half and, after a number of phases near the Yorkshire line, back row Josh Buggea forced his way over between the posts. Sharp added the conversion to make it 18-15 at the break.

The Blues took the lead at the start of the second half with a spectacular move that covered 80m and was finished in the corner by winger Dean Adamson to give them the lead for the first time at 20-18.

However, Yorkshire responded to the challenge and scored back-to-back tries to secure the try bonus point going into the final quarter. Myerscough was driven over from a lineout, and Sinfield converted to make it 25-20.

Yorkshire made sure of the bonus point when Jonah Holmes crossed to open a 10-point lead.

The home side then sealed the win with five minutes to go when Andy Saull took Chris Walker’s pass before sliding in from 2m out.