Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion Match Report

Plymouth Albion suffered a fifth consecutive defeat when they were beaten by promotion-hopefuls Leeds in the Championship at Headingley last Sunday.

It was the second time in nine days Albion had lost at Headingley, having gone down 41-21 to Leeds in the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup.

That cup match was quite close until the final few minutes but the league game was more one-side.

Leeds went into the match knowing they needed the win to guarantee their place in the end of season promotion play-offs and right from kick-off it was clear they were determined not to make any mistake.

Injury-hit Albion battled hard but they never threatened to cause an upset and claim their first win at Headingley.

They had found themselves 28-0 down at half-time, but played better second half and were rewarded with tries by Ien Ascroft-Leigh and Tom Bowen.

Head coach James Shanahan told The Herald after the match: “I was really proud of the boys second half. We won the second half, but first half was a different matter.

“It was a difficult challenge for us. We had 15 boys currently injured and unavailable. I’m not trying to make excuses, but if any club had 15 players injured they would struggle, especially against a quality outfit like Leeds, who are pushing for promotion.

“But I was really proud of the boys. It was a hard game to get up for, coming back here after the disappointment of the cup game and with Leeds having plenty to play for and us in theory nothing.

“But the guys showed a lot of pride and passion and I thanked them for the second half.

“I just asked if they could do that it from minute one and not wait for the half-time analysis and chat to implement what we had already talked about.”

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