11th November 2017, 14:04 | university

Leeds take derby spoils

Leeds take derby spoils

Northern round-up

By Dan Richardson

The fixtures in the Premier North this week saw the Leeds derby take place as Leeds university welcomed Leeds Beckett.


It was the away side who took the points with a 46-10 away win over their local rivals, the only two tries for the home side came from Fintan Grogan and James Lavarello. Leeds’ Reece Brunt converted one of those tries while Brad Cook was given the man-of-the-match.


After scoring eight tries and converting seven of those, the Leeds Beckett coach Paul Fletcher was happy with his side’s efficient performance. Fletcher said: “We got off to a quick start, scoring on the first set. That set the trend for the first half which finished 28-0. However, Leeds Uni dug in and scored 10 points in the second half.”


All away sides were successful this week in the Premier North, another being Northumbria after their 26-6 away win over Hull.


The home team’s try was scored by David Kitenge, which was followed by a Kieran Smith conversion. Hull’s man-of-the-match was given to Kyle Saunders while Liam Richmond earned Northumbria’s man-of-the-match after he scored one of his side’s four tries.


Other try scorers were Jed Charlton, Sam Blake and Adam Bielby with Dan Coates kicking three from four conversions and also adding two successful penalties to his list. But Hull coach, Richard Tate, said: “There’s a lot of heart and desire in this group of players and we work really hard for each other.


“We just came up with a few too many errors and it meant we had to work a lot harder than what we needed to. We made it very difficult for Northumbria today but we have to be smarter and start learning from our mistakes.”


The final match and the final away win came from Newcastle as they held Nottingham to just one try, beating them 24-6.


The one try scored by Nottingham came from James Frankenberger and was converted by Gareth Whitfield, with their man-of-the-match given to Elliot Whetham. Newcastle ran in five tries, two of which were scored by Sam Norris.


Jason Bass, Jack Earl and man-of-the-match, Jed Mawdsley scored the rest of the tries with Matt Hogg converting just two from five attempts.