Leeds too good for London Wasps

Leeds Carnegie boosted their Guinness Premiership survival hopes with an impressive 26-10 victory over London Wasps at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday.

The hosts made a solid start to the clash as fly-half Ceiron Thomas slotted two penalties to put Leeds 6-0 ahead after 25 minutes.

However, Wasps responded two minutes later as Danny Cipriani opened the try-scoring before adding the extras to push the visitors into the lead for the first time.

Leeds restored their lead late in the first half as Thomas kicked two more penalties, while Wasps were reduced to 14 men in the 39th minute with prop Ben Broster’s sin-binning.

After the interval Cipriani reduced the gap to two points as he converted his first penalty to take his tally up to 10 points.

The rest of the match was dominated by Leeds who surged clear of their visitors as Thomas added two penalties, before Henry Fa’afili scored their opening try to make it 23-10.

Joe Ford added three more points in the 78th minute to secure the crucial four points for Leeds.

Final Score Leeds 26 London Wasps 10


Tries – Fa’afili
Pen – Thomas (6), Ford

London Wasps
Tries – Cipriani
Pen – Cipriani
Con – Cipriani


Leeds Carnegie: 15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Henry Fa’afili, 13 Seru Rabeni, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Lee Blackett, 10 Ceiron Thomas, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Rhys Oakley, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Kearnan Myall, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 Erik Lund, 3 Juan Gomez, 2 Andy Titterrell, 1 Mike MacDonald.

Replacements: 16 Vili Ma’asi, 17 Gareth Hardy, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Calum Clark, 20 Alfie To’oala, 21 Joe Bedford, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Richard Welding.

London Wasps: 15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Steve Kefu, 11 David Lemi, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Warren Fury, 1 Sakaria Taulafo, 2 Joe Ward, 3 Ben Broster, 4 Marty Veale, 5 Dan Leo, 6 Will Matthews, 7 Serge Betsen (c), 8 Dan Ward-Smith

Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Gabriel Bocca, 18 Bob Baker, 19 Hugo Ellis, 20 Tom Lindsay, 21 James Honeyben, 22 Dave Walder, 23 Dominic Waldouck

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