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Lewis-Pratt inspires Leeds to first win

09 Oct 2010
Lewis-Pratt inspires Leeds to first win

Christian Lewis-Pratt inspired Leeds Carnegie to their first win of the season with a 23-9 triumph over Bucuresti Oaks in Pool Four of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

The 19-year-old steered Carnegie at a rain-sodden Stadionul Arcul de Triumf with an eight-point haul before Henry Fa'afili put the game beyond doubt with an injury-time try. The pack also played their part and were rewarded for their dominance with a second-half penalty try.

It was the third time in the past 12 months that the two sides had met having been drawn in pool stage last year. Leeds won both times, first with a narrow 10-6 victory in Romania and then a resounding 47-0 triumph at Headingley in the December double-header.

But the hosts made the brighter start to the game and opened the scoring after six minutes with a well-struck Florin Vlaicu penalty. Vlaicu and Lewis-Pratt exchanged further penalties to bring the scores to 6-3 at the interval.

Leeds had been making half-chances with Luther Burrell, Henry Fa'afili and Kearnan Myall all making good breaks but they were unable to create any momentum until the introduction of Daniel Browne, who came on for the injured Jacob Rowan.

Leeds came out fired up for the second half and laid siege on the home line. Bucharest were starting to wilt under the pressure, conceding a raft of penalties, and on 60 minutes were awarded a penalty try after a succession of scrum collapses. Lewis-Pratt converted and soon added a second penalty to give Neil Back's men a 13-6 lead.

Bucuresti never gave up and continued to chip away at Leeds' lead but a fine try finished by Samoa international Fa'afili blew the hosts away and secured the victory.

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