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Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 19-19 Sale Sharks U18s

Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 19-19 Sale Sharks U18s

Under-18 Academy game at Keighley, Friday 21st December

Both sides kept up their unbeaten starts to their U18 Premiership Rugby League campaign but the hosts were grateful to a late penalty from Jack Metcalf from half way with a minute to go to snatch a 19-19 with Sale Sharks. 

The Under 18s got off to a winning start to their season last Saturday at Emerald Headingley against Worcester Warriors whilst Sale had a thumping win at home to Wasps at MMU.

The home side took the lead early on when full back Joe Carpenter made a break from near his own line before kicking up field for Wainibuli to collect and go over for the try. Fly half Dan Lancaster was unable to add the conversion but Yorkshire led 5-0 after just three minutes. 

Sale Sharks responded with a penalty just inside the Carnegie half which Tom Curtis slotted over after eight minutes and the visitors then took the lead ten minutes later when Curtis kicked a second penalty, this time from 45 metres out to give his side a 6-5 advantage. 

The lead was short lived however as Yorkshire gained a penalty from the restart and Lancaster was on target to edge Yorkshire back into an 8-6 lead.

However, the lead changed hands again before half time when prop James Harper went over from close range. Curtis was on target again to give Sale a 13-8 lead at the break. 

Yorkshire were looking to find a response at the start of the second half and it was Carpenter again who was the provider. He stepped through the defence before racing over to score in the corner. Lancaster was unable to add the conversion but the game was right back in the balance at 13-13 with 28 minutes to go. 

Sharks had the chance to go in front again with a penalty for offside which Curtis converted but that was cancelled out after 56 minutes when Lancaster found his range to make it 16-16. 

With ten minutes to go, the Sharks took the lead once again as Curtis kicked his fourth penalty of the night to put the visitors back in control. However, in the final minute centre Metcalf stepped up to seal the draw for his side.

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Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 19-19 Sale Sharks U18s
Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 19-19 Sale Sharks U18s
Yorkshire Carnegie U18s 19-19 Sale Sharks U18s