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Leeds Tykes 48 - Cardiff Blues 3

22nd January 2006

With Leeds Tykes being awarded 5 points and 4 tries as a result of the cancellation of their game against Calvisano last Saturday, both sides knew what they had to do to have any chance of reaching the Heineken Cup quarter finals.

It was Leeds who got off to the best start when scrumhalf Justin Marshall kicked a drop goal from inside the Blues 22 following pressure from the home side. The Leeds Tykes soon added to the score when winger Andre Snyman scored in the corner converted by Gordon Ross. On the half hour mark the Tykes won a line out and drove over for their third try scored by their Captain, Tom Palmer. Cardiff Blues were awarded a penalty soon after and decided to go for the posts with outside half Nick Macleod kicking the goal. However, with Marshall commanding all the play for Leeds taking quick penalties and constantly putting the Blues under pressure it was the Tykes who got the next score when they spread the ball to the left wing for Tom Biggs to score, converted once more by Ross.

Half Time Leeds Tykes 24 Cardiff Blues 3

It was Marshall again who orchestrated the next score for the Tykes following and excellent break up the middle and beautifully floated pass out to Snyman who raced over for his second try. Worse was to follow for the Blues when scrum half Mike Phillips was sin binned after being constantly frustrated by Leeds second row Stuart Hooper and the Leeds Tykes being awarded a penalty try following and infringement in the scrum on the Blues try line. Man of the Match, Marshall soon added to the score when he picked up at the base of a scrum and managed to scramble over for a try. Both sides many a number of substitutions and despite the efforts of Lee Thomas who managed to break the gain line the Blues failed to really threaten Leeds and it was the Leeds substitute David Doherty who kicked through and managed to chip ahead and pounce on the ball to score again for the home side. The conversion saw the final score Leeds Tykes 48 Cardiff Blues 3. But with Leinster beating Bath later in the afternoon neither side who played in Yorkshire would progress to the Quarter Finals.