Diccon Edwards, the Director of Rugby of the Rugby Football Union Championship side Leeds Carnegie has admitted that he would want his side to reach the promotion playoffs by virtue of their own merit and not because of the failure of the other teams before or after them in the standings.
Leeds is fighting it out in a fight to the finish against Bristol Rugby for the fourth and final playoff position in the RFU Championship table.
Leeds still have to take on the Bedford Blues as well as Nottingham, the two other teams apart from the Newcastle Falcons that are more than certain to be a part of the final playoff lineup. And Edwards has admitted that both these sides are beatable and he wants his Leeds Carnegie side to do the needful against these two opponents rather than depend on Bristol Rugby losing ground on them.
Bristol arguably have the tougher task of the two as their final two encounters are against the London Scottish, which has always been a bogey side for them as well as the Newcastle Falcons, which is still unbeaten in the RFU Championship and is looking good to bounce straight back into the Aviva Premiership after just one season away from the top flight.
Edwards did mention that although he has an eye strained on the results of the West Country outfit, he still believes the results of his own team is completely in their hands and that is where they need to succeed. He further stated that he would love for Leeds Carnegie to make the playoff semi finals on their own credit rather than having to depend on The Exiles and The Falcons to do their work for them, which would be rather disgraceful for his own side as well.