Yorkshire Carnegie are hoping to book their place in the Green King IPA play-off final with victory over Ealing Trailfinders.
Yorkshire finished second in the table, registering an impressive 15 wins in 20 games. This is the side’s sixth season in England’s second division and fans are hopeful that this could be the season they can return to the AVIVA Premiership.
In their way are Ealing who finished one place behind Yorkshire in the table. Ealing are also optimistic that their meteoric rise from rugby’s lower leagues can continue by upsetting Carnegie.
The first leg of the tie takes place at The Trailfinders Sports Ground this evening, with the reverse fixture scheduled for a week later.
The two sides faced each other on the last game of the regular season, with Yorkshire winning 33-20 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Despite this, Carnegie are remaining focused ahead of their crunch games.
The winner of the semi-final will go on to face either top of the league London Irish or fourth placed Doncaster, who play off in the other semi-final. It is without doubt that Yorkshire and Ealing will be hoping to avoid Irish, a side who have won a staggering 19 of their 20 league games.
Yorkshire’s form has started to pick up towards the end of the season, winning their last three games following a run of five loses.
Returning hero Joe Ford’s goal kicking will be crucial for Yorkshire this evening. The fly-half joined Carnegie at the beginning of the season from Sale Sharks for his second spell at the club. The 25-year-old has scored an impressive 165 points this season.
Meanwhile, winger Jonah Holmes will be seen as a key outlet for the side. Their top-scorer this season with twelve tries, his pace and trickery has been key for Yorkshire all year.