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Bucuresti 9-23 Leeds

Bucuresti (6) 9
Pens: Vlaicu 3
Leeds (3) 23
Tries: Penalty, Fa'afili Cons: Lewis-Pratt, Thomas Pens: Lewis-Pratt 2, Thomas

Challenge Cup

Leeds began their European Challenge Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory over Romanian side Bucuresti.

Two Florin Vlaicu penalties gave the hosts a 6-0 lead before Christian Lewis-Pratt halved the deficit.

Leeds then took advantage of two yellow cards after the break, moving into the lead through a penalty try and taking control through two further penalties.

Vlaicu kicked his third penalty but Leeds' victory was rubber-stamped by Henry Fa'afili's last-minute try.

Bucuresti: Vlaicu, Lemnaru, Cazan, Gal Minya, Fercu, Sarbu, Calafeteanu, Dico, Radoi, Nere, Popirlan, Lazar, Burcea, Ianus, Carpo.
Replacements: Gheara for Cazan (61), Nicolae for Sarbu (42), Surugiu for Calafeteanu (74), Tamba for Dico (57),Badalicescu for Nere (57), Beca for Ianus (54). Not Used: Valcu, Rosu.

Sin Bin: Radoi (55), Fercu (70).

Leeds: Hinton, Stephenson, Tincknell, Burrell, Fa'afili, Lewis-Pratt, Fury, Hardy, Nilsen, Alonso, T. Denton, Hohneck, Myall, Rowan, Oakley.
Replacements: O. Denton for Burrell (74), Thomas for Lewis-Pratt (70), Black for Fury (80), MacDonald for Hardy (65), Moreno Rodriguez for Alonso (65), Craig for Hohneck (48), Browne for Rowan (31). Not Used: Gomez.

Attendance: 1,000

Referee: Laurent Cardona (France).

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