Leeds put Newcastle into relegation danger

Leeds snatched a crucial 29-30 victory over Leeds in the Premiership which moves them above Newcastle on the table.

The result means the North East outfit replace the Yorkshire side at the bottom of the Aviva Premiership.

In a tense and enthralling encounter which saw the lead change hands several times, Jarvis was the hero kicking 15 points to go alongside tries from Steve Thompson, Pete Wackett and Gareth Hardy to lift them into 11th for the first time this season.

Fly-half Jimmy Gopperth thought he had won it for Newcastle with a penalty four minutes from time but the away team had other ideas.

Leeds made the brighter start to this potential relegation decider, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring. Gopperth, with his ever reliable boot, put Newcastle three points up before they scored the opening try of the match in the 17th minute.

Gopperth’s half-back partner Micky Young went over with the fly-off adding the extras.

Despite their disastrous start, Leeds replied through hooker Thompson, Jarvis converting but Newcastle responded with another Gopperth three pointer.

Full-back Jeremy Manning then gave the Falcons what seemed to be a comfortable advantage when he touched down for a converted try.

However, Leeds once again responded with a score from winger Wackett, Jarvis converting, to leave the match finely balanced at 20-14 at the break.

Jarvis got the second half off to the perfect start for the Yorkshire side when he converted a penalty opportunity before sustained pressure close to the Newcastle line eventually saw prop Hardy go over, the pivot converting.

New Zealander Gopperth then kicked two penalties to put the Falcons two points ahead with 12 minutes remaining.

Leeds went back in front through a Jarvis drop-kick but a penalty from the hosts’ stand-off saw the lead change hands once again.

But with just a minute remaining Jarvis kicked another drop-goal to boost their survival hopes.

Leeds flyhalf Adrian Jarvis kicked a late drop goal to snatch the victory which could define their season.

More to follow.

Final Score Newcastle (20) 29 Leeds (14) 30


Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Young, Manning
Cons: Gopperth 2
Pens: Gopperth 5

Tries: Thompson, Wackett, Hardy
Cons: Jarvis 3
Pens: Jarvis
Drop-goals: Jarvis 2

Referee: Andrew Small (54th Premiership game)


Newcastle Falcons :15 Jeremy Manning 14 Luke Fielden 13 Tane Tu’ipulotu 12 Luke Eves 11 Gcobani Bobo 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Micky Young 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Redford Pennycook, 6 Will Welch 5 Tim Swinson 4. James Hudson, 3 Euan Murray , 2 Matt Thompson 1 Grant Shiells

Replacements :16Kieran Brookes 17. Micky Ward 18 .Tim Ryan 19 Filipo Levi 20 Mark Wilson 21 Jason Spice 22 James Fitzpatrick 23 Danny Williams

Leeds Carnegie 15 Ceiron Thomas 14 Lee Blackett 13 Henry Fa’afili 12 Scott Barrow 11 Michael Stephenson 10 Lachie Mackay 9 Warren Fury 8 Daniel Browne7 Hendre Fourie 6 Rhys Oakley 5 Marco Wentzel 4 Tom Denton 3 Phil Swainston 2 Steve Thompson 1 Gareth Hardy

Replacements 16 Phil Nilsen 17 Mike MacDonald 18 Gareth Denman 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Danny Paul 21 Scott Mathie 22 Luther Burrell 23 Leigh Hinton.


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