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.
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.