Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Leeds rally to stun Exiles

Luther Burrell (right) and Seilala Mapusua
Luther Burrell (right) and Seilala Mapusua

Leeds revived their hopes of Aviva Premiership survival after a rousing fightback saw them secure a 27-19 victory at Headingley to dent London Irish's play-off chances.

Irish had led 16-3 after 32 minutes courtesy of a lovely try from centre Seilala Mapusua, a penalty from Chris Malone and eight further points from Ryan Lamb. But Leeds, for whom Hendre Fourie was simply magnificent, responded with tries from Luther Burrell, Daniel Browne and Mike MacDonald to turn the game on its head.

The win moves Neil Back's basement boys to within seven points of fellow strugglers Newcastle, who had claimed what may yet turn out be a vital win here last weekend. This was only their second league win of the season and the first since parting company with rugby director Andy Key.

A win would have moved Irish into the top four but they instead remain sixth having played two games more than their principal rivals.

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