Carlisle 12 pts v Sandal 21 pts

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Saturday, 15th November, 2008

RFU North 2 East League

Carlisle did not quite reach the heights of their performances over the previous couple of weeks with victories over Penrith and Pontefract.  Meeting Sandal in the league for the first time, they were more than a match for the opposition in the opening period and were worth their 12 pts lead at the break.

Scrum Down - Ben Blain policing a Sandal putting in

Scrum down - Ben Blain policing a Sandal "put in".

Carlisle had to make changes to the selected side with prop “Biff” McGimpsey sufferring from a knock sustained at Pontefract, and centre Liam Nicholls with a hamstring twinge.


Martin Burnett came into the front row, Barry Earl moved into the centre with George Graham coming in on the wing.




Martin McGimpsey - injury

Martin McGimpsey - injury


The early exchanges were in favour of the home side who took the lead on 90 seconds when George Graham on the right wing was put through by fly half Glen Weightman to touch down out wide but it was too much for Weightman to add the bonus points from the conversion.

George Graham - an early try

George Graham - an early try




Martin Burnett = replacement

Martin Burnett = replacement

Carlisle were bouyed by this early advantage and the forwards settled comfortably to their game, and although they gained ample possession, the attack failed to recognise that points mean prizes!  A way through the Sandal defence eluded them until twenty five minutes when they were awarded a penalty try.  Apparently, the referee adjudged that a defender was in a deliberate off side position that prevented Carlisle a clear try scoring opportunity.  Weightman converted.

 A chance to make it fifteen points at the break was missed when a Weightman penalty was denied when the touch judges could not agree.


After the break the city side were reduced to fourteen men after one minute when lock Aidan Day was adjudged to have infringed in a maul, and was yellow carded.  Within 60 seconds he was joined by a Sandal flanker.

Much of their first half fluency went missing and Carlisle had to contend with opponents who were increasing in confidence which was rewarded with a penalty on fifty minutes.

Scrum half Ben Blain was lost to the cause when he had to leave the field with injury and the team was shuffled!  Winger Graham moved to replace Blain with Franny Dixon coming off the bench.  Martin Grealish went on to lock for Day after his spell in the bin expired.

The Warwick Road men were under some pressure in the second period and although they never looked likely to be overwhelmed, any early benefit deserted them as the visitors probed efficiently for reward. That came in the form of two tries, a conversion and three penalties and a result at 12 pts to 21 pts – probably a fair one overall.

Line out anticipation!

Line out anticipation!