Jacob Rowan believes the humiliation that the Leeds Carnegie suffered at the hands of Newcastle Falcons last weekend will help them bounce back and will drive them against the other teams, starting with the don caster Knights. Leeds suffered a 53-10 thrashing at the hands of the promotion favorites at Kingston Park in the RFU Championship match last weekend, just five days after they themselves smashes Bristol Rugby for over 50 points.
This weekend, they welcome the Doncaster Knights, who are yet to win a match in the RFU Championship. The match should not pose too much difficulty for a team of the caliber of Leeds, but the match has been given some spice with the fact that it is the first match of the inaugural Yorkshire Regiment Trophy between the three representatives of the county in the RFU Championship, the other club being Rotherham.
The concept of the tournament is that the team which fares best between the three teams in the RFU Championship will be handed the trophy and Leeds Carnegie are the favorites to take home the inaugural trophy. However, the 22 year old captain for The Carnegie, winning the trophy is immaterial if they do not fare well in the race for promotion back to the Aviva Premiership. According to him, the whole was disappointed with the performance they put up last week; they went into the match high on confidence having humbled Bristol but the match against The Falcons brought them back down to earth.
He added that the whole Leeds Carnegie sat down after the match and discussed exactly where they went wrong and discussed how they could turn around from that harrowing defeat. He admitted that the whole team is united and are looking forward to getting a result against the Championship strugglers.