Leeds Carnegie rounded off their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with a win over Bucharesti Oaks at Headingley.
Leeds’s coaching team of Andy Key and Neil Back signalled their intentions by naming a strong line-up, but Leeds were forced to battle hard for the points by a determined Bucharesti outfit. The Romanians were intent on throwing the ball about and there was plenty of end-to-end action to entertain the crowd.
Indeed Bucharesti took a 14th-minute lead courtesy of a monster penalty from fly half Florian Vlaicu, who then doubled the advantage from just outside the home 22. But Leeds had been dominating the play and finally got on the scoresheet just past the half-hour mark when wing Semi Tadulala crossed in the corner. However Leigh Hinton failed with the conversion and a subsequent penalty and Leeds went into the break still trailing 5-6.
Bucharesti continued attacking in the second half, but having weathered the storm Leeds went in front for the first time through captain Marco Wentzel, whose try was converted by Christian Lewis-Pratt.
Now settled, Leeds earned a bonus point in the last quarter of the match thanks to tries from replacement prop Miguel Alonso and centre Luther Burrell, who capitalised on a Bucharesti mistake to score, Lewis-Pratt adding both conversions.