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IT may have been another heavy defeat for the Tigers, but they can take comfort from the fact they became the first side to score any points against table toppers Leeds in three games.

With Phil Jones and Chris Leck restored to their half-back berths the Tigers were looking for an improvement on the previous week when they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Exeter, so far Leeds closest rivals for the ND1 title.

In the Yorkshiremens ranks were two former Tigers, try machine Rich Welding and giant lock Erik Lund, while lining up for the Tigers were two former Leeds players in Tim Fourie and Chris Hall.

After a nervous opening five minutes from both sides, the visitors settled down and good pressure allied to quick hands saw Leeds work the ball right, where Leigh Hinton joined the line at pace to go over by the corner flag.

In addition to a strong pack and a miserly defence that had shut out Manchester and London Welsh in their previous two games, fly-half James Brooks, given a start with top points scorer Alberto Di Bernardo rested, constantly tested the Tigers with probing kicks behind the defensive line, constantly making the Tigers look over their shoulders and putting them on the back foot

One kick in particular sliced through the Tigers defensive cover and bobbled over the try line, but fortunately Jonny Hepworth was unable to ground it.

Despite their superiority and the fact the Tigers could not breach Leeds 22, it was surprising that it took the league leaders another 10 minutes to claim their second score, a harsh penalty try awarded by referee Adrian Harwell for what was later clarified as deliberate obstruction. Hinton converted and Leeds led 0-12.

On 23 minutes good support play saw Hinton cross again and seven minutes before the break Scott Armstrong, showing a clean pair of heels to go over between the posts. Hinton supplied the extras and Leeds led 0-24 at the break.

Two tries within seven minutes of the restart from Jon Pendlebury and Danny Paul, both improved by Hinton, moved the score onto 0-36, as Leeds threatened to run away with it

The Tigers plugged away and never showed any signs of capitulation but still struggled all game to combat Leeds superiority in most departments, particularly the set pieces.

It was therefore no surprise that they ran in two more converted tries, from Kearnan Myall and Brooks, pushing the score over the 50 point mark.

However, determined to get on the scoreboard, good work from Ollie Cook, Juan Crous and Glen Townson saw Sedgley eventually drive play into the Leeds 22 as normal time ended.

The momentum was maintained and two minutes into time-added-on, Crous and Sam Woods combined to send wing Peter Swatkins over in the corner.

Phil Jones added the conversion and the Tigers finished on a high to claim some pride in what was for the most part a one-sided roses clash.

SEDGLEY TIGERS

Riley, Swatkins, Hall, Tafa (Weeden 40), Wilcock, P.Jones, Leck (Wilkinson 66), Gazzola Evans 61), Roddam (Roberts 66), Du Plessis (A.Livesey 73), Fourie (Woods 57), Townson, J.Jones, Newton (Crous 48), Cook.

Tries: Swatkins (80+) 1

Conversions: P.Jones (1).

LEEDS CARNEGIE

Hinton, Welding, Hepworth, Barrow (H.Paul 60), Armstrong (Goodridge 62), Brooks, Mathie (Bedford 46), MacDonald (Bucknall 59), Rawlinson (Nilsen 62), McGee, Lund, Pendlebury (Oakley 59), Myall, Clark, D.Paul (Dunbar 52).

Tries: Hinton (8 and 23), Penalty (18), Armstrong (32), Pendlebury (43), D.Paul (46), Myall (63) and Brooks (66) 8

Conversions: Hinton 6.

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