Leeds happy to be back home

Bucuresti Oaks completed their allocation of home matches by giving Leeds Carnegie a real run for their money – and Leeds Director of Rugby Andy Key admitted he was happy to bank a crucial away win.

The Romania team now face three away matches – avoiding the potentially harsher winter weather disrupting their fixtures at Arcul de Triumf – and start that process at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday afternoon.

Even then the Round 3 contest, won 10-6 by Leeds, was played in the freezing cold with snow falling throughout the match and the Guinness Premiership side were grateful to No 8 Rhys Oakley for a try with five minutes remaining to give them the lead which was crucially converted by Jason Strange to seal victory.

In the landmark 2,000th ERC match, Strange had kicked a penalty goal in the first half whilst Bucuresti full back Florin Vlaicu had given his side the lead with a drop goal four minutes into the second half after kicking a penalty goal in the first half.

“That was one of four games we have targeted between now and New Year and it is a case of one win down, three to go,” said Key.

“It was probably not the best game we will ever produce or be involved in but it was a pleasing result at the end of the day. We had not been there before, especially in the adverse conditions, and we are still in with a shout in this competition.

“It is difficult to pin point individuals but Jon Pendlebury worked hard as captain and kept us going. Our bench brought enthusiasm to the side when they came on. Young back row Jacob Rowan played really well, he tackled low and hard and put people down on the floor so we could compete for the ball and we won several penalties on the back of his work.

“Bourgoin nearly lost here and we fought hard to win in the end. It is also a life experience for our players coming to places like this and playing against different cultures of rugby and with referees from different countries and who do not necessarily speak your language.

“Our players will gain good experiences and they can take that forward. The more we get exposed to experiences like this, the better side we will become going into the future.

“It was very cold with snow throughout the game, we did not help ourselves at times with how we executed the game and Bucuresti had a lot of passion but we defended well and only conceded a drop goal and penalty.

“The worst of our injury worries is Rob Rawlinson. He is not having much luck at the minute as he has just got back from injury. He had his nose broken in the second half which was quite nasty but he should be alright.

“Phil Murphy rolled his ankle and Jonny Hepworth took a bang to his thigh but both should be okay. You would like to think conditions would be better next week and we look forward to welcoming them to Headingley Carnegie on Sunday. They fought hard in front of their fans and that is what we will be looking to do.”

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