Rugby Football Union Championship club Leeds Carnegie may have suffered defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Falcons in the semi-finals of the play-offs but the performance of the players during that defeat has made Diccon Edwards, the Director of Rugby at the club very proud. And according to Edwards, the club has the perfect platform now to kick on and target a return to the Aviva Premiership next season after failing to return to the top flight in their second attempt as well.
Leeds lost 34-30 to The Falcons in a very closely fought match in the second leg after suffering a 15-6 defeat at the hands of The Falcons in the first leg encounter at Kingston Park. And speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, the Leeds Carnegie boss stated that he is extremely disappointed because he thought the effort the players put in was absolutely unbelievable. He mentioned that the club is not far away from reaching its goal and he also mentioned that the players and fans should not let a short term disappointment mask what has been a fantastic year for the club.
He further mentioned that the players now know what is required of them and they can now kick on from here. Edwards went on to add that the players, fans and even the coaching staff have learned a lot during the season and going into the new season in the RFU Championship, it will be key for them to show the continuity they have this term.
Edwards mentioned that Leeds Carnegie couldn’t stand up to The Falcons on paper who look to be a Premiership outfit in every aspect but the way his players fought in both legs of the tie has given him enough confidence as the side looks ahead to the new season.