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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 December 2005, 19:25 GMT
Perpignan 12-8 Leeds
HEINEKEN CUP
Leeds stand-off Gordon Ross
Perpignan 12 (7)
Tries: Dawai-Naulu 2
Con: J Laharrague
Pens:
Leeds 8 (8)
Try: Ross
Pens: Ross
Leeds' hopes of reaching the Heineken Cup knockout stages suffered a potentially fatal blow as they were beaten by Perpignan in France.

Leeds fell behind to a converted try by Perpignan wing Samueli Dawai-Naulu but hit back to lead 8-7 as Gordon Ross crossed for a try and added a penalty.

They held their advantage until the final quarter when Dawai-Naulu scored his second try for the hosts.

The Tykes pressed hard but could not avoid slipping to a second pool defeat.

They must now win their remaining matches against Calvisano (away) and Cardiff Blues (home) with bonus points to retain their slim hopes of topping the group.


  • Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies:
    We're as pleased as you could be after losing a game of such importance.

    We defended really well throughout and showed a high level of commitment. The guys did really well to get back on their feet after conceding early.

    It was intimidating, but the atmosphere was great and I'm delighted that some of the younger members of our squad got a chance to experience it.


    Perpignan: Edmonds; Bomati, Manas, Grandclaude, Cermeno; N Laharrague, Durand; Freshwater, Konieck, Mas; Gaston, Hines; Le Corvec, Goutta, Robertson.
    Replacements: Tincu, Debaty, Porcu, Tonita, Dupuy, Vaki, Dawai-Naulu.

    Leeds: Doherty; Snyman, Vickerman, Jones, Biggs; Ross, Marshall; Cusack, Bulloch, Kerr; Murphy (capt), Morgan; Dunbar, Thomas, Reid.
    Replacements: Gerber, Rawlinson, Palmer, Crane, Care, De Marigny, Bell.




  • SEE ALSO
    Leeds 21-20 Perpignan
    11 Dec 05 |  European Club
    Leeds 33-16 Calvisano
    28 Oct 05 |  European Club
    Perpignan 37-14 Blues
    28 Oct 05 |  European Club
    Blues 40-13 Leeds
    22 Oct 05 |  European Club


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