Leeds beat London Irish to all but condemn Worcester

Leeds Carnegie have beaten London Irish at the Medejski Stadium to move six points clear of Worcester Warriors, who currently sit in 12th spot in the Guinness Premiership table.

Neil Back

The firm pre-season favourites for the drop are now 9th in the table, having leapfrogged both Sale and Newcastle. Until now, it was looking as though next week’s clash with Worcester would be the relegation decider – the Warriros are now 5 points adrift of Sale in 11th.

You have to respect the determination shown by Neil Back’s Leeds side in the last couple of months, and they have clawed their way back into contention and will surely play in the Premiership again next season.

The defeat also means that London Irish have slipped out of the top four, with Wasps overtaking them in the race for a playoff spot.

2 thoughts on “Leeds beat London Irish to all but condemn Worcester

  1. Great work by Backy and his boys and I really hope they manage to stay up.

    At the start of the season they looked even worse than they had done in either of their previous two seasons in the GP and we all know what happened at the end of each of those seasons.

    The coaching staff seem to have focused on getting some basics in place like a good defence and better ball retention and a decent kicking game from Ceiron Thomas. There are better 10’s in the GP but he’s been just right for their gameplan.

    Leeds are not the most exciting team in the GP by a long way but they’ve stayed focused on staying up and left the long term stuff for later.

    I hope they do get to string together a few seasons and start to attract and retain better players. Losing Joe Ford to Saints was a sign that it’s going to be difficult to do that, but we can hope. I hope they do it because there’s no other Premiership rugby up here in the heart of league country!

    Backy for England.

  2. Woo hoo go Leeds! I am still so thrilled about Sunday’s result. :-)

    But hands off Backy. We need him at Headingley for the time being thanks!

    Sunday’s game against Wuss is still crucial, and Sale v Newcastle is a massive clash too. Still all to play for at the bottom. Will be a very interesting season finale.

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