The made made life hard for themselves but in the end the victory was comfortable. The Tykes always had the lead. Scotland's Gordon Ross gave them the lead with three penalty goals to make it 9-0 at half-time.
Australian Scott Staniforth scored a try in the corner to make it 9-5, but really the visitors were being outplayed and five minutes after Staniforth's try South African André Snyman, playing on the right-wing, scored a try which Ross converted. That was that.
For Leeds Tykes:Try: SnymanCon: RossPens: Ross 3
For London Irish:Try: Staniforth
London Irish: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Geoff Appleford, 12 Mike Catt, 11 Justin Bishop, 10 Mark Mapletoft, 9 Darren Edwards, 8 Phil Murphy, 7 Kieron Dawson, 6 Declan Danaher, 5 Bob Casey, 4 Ryan Strudwick (captain), 3 Rob Hardwick, 2 Robbie Russell, 1 Neal Hatley.Replacements: 16 Pierre Durant, 17 James van der Walt, 18 Kieran Roche, 19 Nick Kennedy, 20 Roland Reid, 21 Nils Mordt, 22 Paul Hodgson.
Leeds Tykes: 15 Iain Balshaw, 14 André Snyman, 13 Phil Christophers, 12 Chris Bell, 11 David Rees, 10 Gordon Ross, 9 Alan Dickens, 8 Colm Rigney, 7 Richard Parks, 6 Scott Morgan, 5 Tom Palmer (captain), 4 Chris Murphy, 3 Gavin Kerr, 2 Mark Regan, 1 Mike Shelley.Replacements: 16 Rayno Gerber, 17 Rob Rawlinson, 18 Pierre Uys, 19 Jon Dunbar, 20 Mark McMillan, 21 Gareth Wright, 22 Tim Stimpson.
Referee: Steve LanderTouch judges: Don Helme, John Pearson