Saracens’ wobble continues against Leeds

Leeds Carnegie boosted their Guinness Premiership survival hopes with a 19-12 victory over Saracens at Headingley on Sunday.

Derick Hougaard’s reliable boot put Sarries nine points ahead as he slotted a penalty and two trademark drop-goals in the first 36 minutes.

Leeds opened their tally one minute before the break as Joe Ford kicked a penalty to trail 9-3 at the interval.

When the match resumed Ford and Hougaard exchanged penalties, but the next 20 minutes was dominated by the hosts.


Ford slotted his third penalty before Lee Blackett’s converted try made it 16-12 in Leeds’ favour.

A cheeky drop-goal from Ford in the 74th minute secured the result for Leeds as they cruised to victory eight points clear of their visitors.

Final Score Leeds 19 Saracens 12


Tries – Blackett
Pen – Ford (3)
DGs – Ford
Con – Ford

Pen – Hougaard (2)
DGs – Hougaard (2)


Leeds: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 (c), 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 Jonny Hepworth.

Saracens:15 Alex Goode, 14 Rodd Penney, 13 Kameli Ratuvou, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Justin Melck, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Wikus van Heerden (c), 5 Tom Ryder, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 Richard Skuse, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Matias Aguero.

Replacements:16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Ernst Joubert, 21 Justin Marshall, 22 Adam Powell, 23 Michael Tagicakibau.

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