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Leeds v Cornish Pirates
Leeds Carnegie v Cornish Pirates
Cornish Pirates (H)
25/04/2014, KO 20:00
Fri 25th Apr 14
Cornish Pirates 20-27 Leeds
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Bristol Rugby v Leeds Carnegie
Bristol Rugby (A)
04/05/2014, KO 15:00
Sun 4th May 14
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Conversions: Tom Arscott (4/5), Nick Macleod (1/1)
The Sharks have named a strong side for their 2nd pre-season game including former England player Danny Cipriani at fly half.
Leeds started the game in confident mood and were given a boost after six minutes when Sale were reduced to 14 men when second row Andrei Ostrikov was sin binned for his part in a four man brawl that involved Calum Green and Damien Tussac from the visitors and hooker Marc Jones involved from the Sharks.
Carnegie tried to make the most of their numerical advantage with Chris Walker breaking down the short side to get the team going forward. However, despite good work by Richard Beck and Jacob Rowan, Leeds could not find a way through and Sale were able to clear their lines.
Leeds did get the chance to open the scoring after ten minutes from a penalty 45 metres out but Glyn Hughes pushed his effort wide to the right of the posts.
Just as the home side were about to get back their full complement they hit the front with a clinical display of backs play. Leeds turned over the ball at their own line out and Sale immediately counter attacked. Cipriani threw a looping pass wide and Tom Arscott cut in off his wing to break the defensive line to score. He converted his own try to make it 7-0.
Leeds did not go into their shell after that and continued to ask questions of the Sale defence. Joe Graham and Ryan Burrows were both working hard in the loose and the visitors managed to turn over ball in the ruck on a number of occasions but they could not find a way through the well drilled home defence.
Carnegie had to produce some good defence themselves to deny the Sharks when Craig Hampson bravely chased back and dived at the feet of the onrushing attackers when Arscott kicked down field. The Leeds pack managed to get back to secure the ball and Hughes kicked to touch. Leeds hten held up Cipriani over the line however, it was just a brief respite and shortly afterwards the Sale packed rumbled over the line with Mark Easter eventually touching down. Arscott missed the conversion attempt from out wide and the score remained 12-0.
Once again Leeds came back but they were dealt a blow when Chris Walker had to be held from the field with a leg injury allowing James Doyle to come on for his Leeds debut having joined the club on loan from Sale for the season.
Leeds pressed Sale on defence and nearly got their reward when Josh Griffin produced a thundering tackle on Cipriani 20 metres from the home line, forcing the superstar fly half to knock on, despite a quick reaction, Leeds ran out of space and the score remain 12-0 at the break.
Carnegie managed to get off the mark just four minutes into the second half when Hughes was successful with his second penalty chance to make it 12-3.
Leeds continued to battle but as both teams looked to make changes, Sale made their quality count. Whilst James Lowes was looking to see his squad in action in their first pre-season hit out, the Sharks were able to bring on the likes of Dwayne Peel, Nick Macleod and Sam Tuitupou. They continued to make the most of any chances their created and picked off scores at regular intervals.
Andy Forsyth crossed for the home side after 52 minutes from a pass from Mark Cueto and the former England man then scored himself, those two tries coming either side of a penalty try.
Leeds continued to battle hard and David Doherty produced a spirited effort to deny Seymour a try in the corner but the pressure eventually created the gap for a sixth home try and replacement Sam Tuitupou crashed over.
Whilst Leeds will have been disappointed by the final scoreline, there was plenty of encouragement for James Lowes and his coaching team as Leeds held their own for the first 50 minutes with the Premiership outfit before the changes.