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Leeds overwhelm Crociati at Headingley Carnegie

12 Dec 2010
Leeds overwhelm Crociati at Headingley Carnegie

Marco Wentzel and Lee Blackett scored two tries apiece to help Leeds Carnegie record their second win of the season as they crushed Crociati 55-6 in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

The victory was Leeds' first win at Headingley Carnegie since they retained their place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby with a narrow victory over Worcester Warriors in April.

Although the final result was comprehensive Leeds got off to a slow start, Ceiron Thomas and Tomasso Iannone trading penalties on either side of the 10-minute mark. However the Italian fly half also missed two opportunities to reward his team's pressure and Leeds had to rely on stealing a turnover to prevent the visitors scoring a try.

Having held out Leeds took the contest by the scruff of the neck, scoring tries through Wentzel and Blackett. Thomas landed the first conversion but not the second and with Iannone landing his second penalty on the stroke of half-time Crociati were still in the contest.

However the contest was ended by two tries in the first nine minutes of the second half that also won Leeds the bonus point, Blackett and Thomas going over the whitewash.

With the win in the bag Leeds opened up with Wentzel crashing over for his second try. And with three more tries in the final 15 minutes from Leigh Hinton, Pete Wackett and Henry Fa'afili Leeds also had a healthy points margin to try and keep the pressure on pool leaders Stade Francais.

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