Leeds Carnegie (H - B&I) 12.1.13


Jersey 12 Leeds Carnegie 27
British & Irish Cup, pool 5
by Tom Innes

Rory Clegg gave a master-class in fly-half play as he orchestrated a comfortable win for his new club.

Leeds' cup success gave the Yorkshiremen a measure of revenge for the league defeat suffered on the same ground three weeks previously, and left each side with two wins apiece in this season's four-match 'series'.

The visitors started at a high tempo and after Clegg's early penalty, Dominic Barrow burst through Jersey's defence to set up a try for Ryan Burrows as the skipper followed up intelligently.

The home side failed to take the few chances they were able to carve out, with Clegg frequently clearing the danger with some accurate kicking from hand, and almost engineering further scores for his side thanks to deft cross-kicks. Eventually the fly-half's long cut-out pass produced a try for Curtis Wilson, and another score followed just before the break, Chris Walker crossing from a straightforward catch-and-drive.

Wilson's second try early in the second period was a carbon copy of his first, and was immediately followed by a triple substitution among the home forwards. Previously second-best, the Jersey scrum roared back into the game.

While the result was never seriously in doubt, the second half saw Leeds concede 10 penalties, two penalty tries, yellow cards for Barrow and Sam Lockwood, and the sending-off for Walker for foul play.

Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards praised his side's motivation, saying: "We were determined to come here today and put in a performance, rather than looking to make excuses."

Jersey were left to curse another bad start, and to prepare for the final B&I match next weekend - the trip to Pontypridd. The Welshmen had been in contention to qualify from pool 5, but a 21-9 defeat to Leinster 'A' in Dublin earlier in the day looks likely to propel the Irish province to the quarter-finals.

Young Jersey winger Chris Levesley was stretchered off the pitch after 25 minutes with a shoulder injury and subsequently went to hospital, with the club hoping he was suffering a 'stinger' rather than anything more serious.

Jersey: Le Bourgeois, Sanders, Bishop (capt), Cooper, Levesley (Bryce 31), Broadfoot, Griffiths (McCormack 77); Barrington (McCarthy 66), Clare (Felton 45), Gethings (Brennan 45), Anderson (Hannay 45), Markham, Rodgers, Lang, Thompson (Bell 25).

Leeds: Georgiou, Clark (McColl 35), Goss (Ford 66), Lucock, Wilson, Clegg, Hampson; Harris (Lockwood 62), Graham (Nilsen 77), Tussac, Smith, Phillips (Baldwin 21), Barrow (Rowan 62), Walker, Burrows. Replacement (not used): Doherty.

Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)

Attendance: 1,716
Star Man: Rory Clegg (Leeds)
Half-time: 0-22

Tries: penalty try 49, 70
Conversion: Broadfoot 70

Tries: Burrows 14, Wilson 30, 44, Walker 39
Conversions: Clegg 14, 39
Penalty: Clegg 3

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