Challenge Cup - Leeds crash out of Europe

PA Sport - Sun, 24 Jan 19:16:00 2010

Leeds Carnegie's European campaign came to an end with an 18-9 home defeat to Bourgoin.

Ceiron Thomas, Leeds Carnegie - 0

The Yorkshire side went into their final Pool One encounter knowing victory would secure a place in the last eight of the European Challenge Cup, but the Premiership club lost to the French side for the second time this season following a 29-19 reverse back in October.

Ceiron Thomas (pictured) kicked three penalties for the home side but Bourgoin scored the game's only tries through Jean-Francois Coux and Albert Vulivuli inside the opening 12 minutes, with Benjamin Boyet adding a conversion, a penalty and a drop goal.

"We didn't perform to the level that we have been doing. We'd won four of our last five but we were a long way short today," said Leeds director of rugby Andy Key.

"Everything was stacked in our favour going into the game. We fully appreciated the fact that we were playing a very good side that had reached the final last year, but we felt that, on our own patch, we could get the win.

"We wanted to take the chance to progress but we weren't able to do that."

Victory would have given Leeds an away trip to Magners League strugglers Connacht but they will now instead concentrate on their major aim of trying to survive in the Guinness Premiership.

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