A host of youngsters for Leeds Carnegie gave a good account for themselves, proving that they have the capacity to lead the Rugby Football Union Championship club into a bright future on a gloomy day in Wales as they suffered a 25-8 defeat at the hands of the Wales Premier League champions Pontypridd.
Leeds Director of Rugby Diccon Edwards gave debuts to three players and the youngsters proved that they have the mettle to carry the famous club from Yorkshire to the glory days that they had been craving for years.
University of Leeds students Pierce Philips and Adam Lozowski started the match while another youngster James Tyson came off the bench in the second half. Adam, the son of former England and London Wasps centre Rob, was the star of the show as he showed a calmness under pressure in a pitch that was not quite suitable for any kind of sport, let alone rugby, slowly getting worse as the game progressed. And Leeds Carnegie boss Edwards stated that it is extremely frustrating for the team to be losing again in the British and Irish Cup, before adding that he was proud of the performance that some of the youngsters in the team put up.
He added that it is always difficult to come to Wales, with a vocal crowd and the Welsh officials but the youngsters kept their heads and didn’t lose their calm under pressure, and that is extremely reassuring for the entire team.
Edwards mentioned that three of the tries that the home scored were due to the inexperience of the Leeds Carnegie players, before going on the add that he is pleased with what he saw and that these youngsters have a very bright future ahead of them, both for the club and the country.