Worcester relegated after losing to Leeds

Leeds Carnegie held on after leading 12-3 at the break to beat Worcester Warriors 12-10 in the match that was billed as the Million Pound Match at Headingly on Sunday.


The match was billed as the “Million Pound Match” as it was crucial to both team’s survival.


The win which was secured by four Ceiron Thomas penalties means that Leeds retain their status in the Premiership after being promoted at the start of the season, while Worcester have to face up to life out of the top flight after six years in the Premiership.


Worcester’s losing bonus point lifts them to 27 points, five behind second-from-bottom Sale Sharks, but the Manchester side’s total of six wins means they cannot be overhauled by the Warriors.

Worcester gave Leeds a late scare in the 70th minute with a converted try by Alex Grove and could have stolen the result with a Matthew Jones penalty or his drop goal attempt in the final five minutes.

The hosts opened up a 12-point gap in the first 25 minutes as Ceiron Thomas slotted four penalties.

Willie Walker put the Warriors’ first points on the board five minutes before the break as the score was 12-3 at half-time.

After the interval neither side could put together a decent attack and Leeds held on to their half time lead.

Final Score Leeds Carnegie 12 (12) Worcester Warriors 10 (3)


Leeds Carnegie
Tries –
Pen – C Thomas 4
Con –
Drop –

Worcester Warriors
Tries – A Grove
Pen – W. Walker
Con – M Jones
Drop –

Referee: Dave Pearson (141st Premiership game)


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

Replacements: 16. Phil Nilsen 17. Gareth Hardy 18. Phil Swainston 19. Tom Denton 20. Jacob Rowan 21. Andy Gomarsall 22. Joe Ford 23. Jonny Hepworth

Worcester Warriors: 15. Chris Latham 14. Chris Pennell 13. Alex Grove 12. Sam Tuitupou 11. Marcel Garvey 10. Willie Walker 9. Johnny Arr 1. Adam Black 2. Aleki Lutui 3. Tevita Taumoepeau 4. Greg Rawlinson 5. Graham Kitchener 6. Kai Horstmann 7. Chris Cracknell 8. Netani Talei

Replacements: 16. Callum Black 17. Chris Fortey 18. Olivier Sourgens 19. Craig Gillies 20. James Collins 21. Louis Silver 22. Matthew Jones 23. Dale Rasmussen

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