Richmond Feel The Pain In The Yorkshire Rain
Richmond came up short from their trip to Yorkshire Carnegie in week two of the Greene King IPA Championship, as the visitors’ four tries sent the Londoners home pointless and with only one try on the scoreboard.
Errors were the story of the day for Richmond, as knock ons, lost lineouts and missed kicks ended up handing too much momentum to the hosts.
It’s a game of tight margins, and in truth, Richmond were unfortunate to leave with nothing, having been within touching distance for over 80 minutes. A late push for a losing bonus point saw the visitors come up inches shy of the Carnegie line, and the hosts scored their fourth try with the last play of the game just two phases later at the other end.
It all started badly for Richmond, with a midfield carry resulting in a close-range try for Carnegie, when two tacklers both left the finishing touches to each other, and left the Carnegie number eight free to regain his feet and clamber over the try line. Richmond bounced back, though, and had numerous chances to reduce the deficit in the first half, but after opting to go to touch with three points on offer on three separate occasions, the resulting lineouts came up short time and time again.
Carnegie scored with their first attack of the second half around ten minutes in, and despite Richmond hitting straight back with a nice Luc Jones score off the back of a rare lineout success, Carnegie crossed again to retain the gap.
The late push for a losing bonus point ended, as so much of the game did, with a knock on and a huge show of frustration, and Richmond know they’ll need to improve their poor weather performances before Doncaster Knights come to visit next weekend.