Leeds upset London Irish at the Madejski

Leeds Carnegie beat London Irish 23-13 in their Guinness Premiership tie at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.


The first 30 minutes of the clash saw a kicking duel between Irish fly-half Chris Malone and his Leeds counterpart Ceiron Thomas. The Leeds kicker had the edge and put the visitors 9-6 ahead.

Luther Burrell extended Leeds’ lead to 10 points in the 34th minute with the opening try of the match, but shortly before the break Australian Peter Hewat closed the gap to three points with a try of his own.

The second half was more subdued and only saw seven points scored as Leeds’ victory was secured in the 70th minute thanks to Jon Goodridge’s converted try.

Final Score London Irish 13 Leeds 23


London Irish
Tries – Hewat
Pen – Malone 2
Con – Malone

Tries – Burrell, Goodridge
Pen – Thomas 3
Con – Thomas 2


London Irish:15 Peter Hewat, 14 John Rudd, 13 Elvis Seveali’i, 12 Seilala Mapusua, 11 Delon Armitage, 10 Chris Malone, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 George Stowers, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Bob Casey (c),4 Kieran Roche, 3 Faan Rautenbach, 2 Danie Coetzee, 1 Alex Corbisiero.

Replacements:16 David Paice, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Richard Thorpe, 21 Tom Homer, 22 Jamie Lennard, 23 Ben Stevenson

Leeds:15 Jon Goodridge 14 Henry Fa’afili 13 Luther Burrell 12 Seru Rabeni 11 Lee Blackett 10 Ceiron Thomas 9 Scott Mathie 8 Alfie To’oala 7 Hendre Fourie 6 Calum Clark 5 Marco Wentzel 4 Erik Lund 3 Juan Gomez 2 Andy Titterrell 1 Mike MacDonald.

Replacements:16 Phil Nilsen 17 Gareth Hardy 18 Phil Swainston 19 Tom Denton 20 Rhys Oakley 21 Andy Gomarsall 22 Joe Ford 23 Henry Paul.

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