LEEDS Carnegie head coach James Lowes is mystified as to why on-loan winger Jonah Holmes is not terrorising the Premiership, writes Dave Craven.
The Wasps player scored two more tries for Leeds against Plymouth Albion on Friday night to help put them into the British & Lions Cup semi-finals where they will take on Bristol.
Holmes has amassed 12 tries in 18 games for the West Yorkshire club this season, playing a crucial role in their ongoing battle for the Championship title and impressing everyone with his form and attitude.
For his part, Lowes fails to understand why the elusive 22-year-old is not a regular with his parent club.
“He’s powerful, a strong runner, can finish and just has some great attributes,” said the Leeds coach.
“I can’t see why London Wasps don’t use him in the league.
“I watch Premiership rugby and he’d be up there with some of the best wingers around.
“I won’t argue – I’m really thankful Wasps want to put him on loan with us – but he’s a quality player.”
Holmes – who is originally a scrum-half who can also play full-back – has returned to Wasps at times this season largely for LV= Cup action although he did feature in the Premiership against leaders Saracens nine days ago and, predictably, scored.
Leeds, meanwhile, edged closer to the B&I Cup final with a comprehensive 41-21 success over Plymouth, who they host again in Championship action on Sunday.
Lowes said: “We know they’ll come back and give us a real go again this weekend.
“But we had some good opportunities in that game.
“We created five or six really good chances and it was only our poor execution at the end that stopped us getting four or five more tries.
“I thought the forwards carried the ball really strong and made some good breaks.
“Charlie Beech, Joe Graham and Chris Walker were just three examples of that, of good clean breaks we deserved to finish.
“We had to make some changes that were forced upon us by injuries but it worked well so I’m really pleased for them and all of them did well to warrant a semi-final berth.”