MONDAY POLL: Lowes to send his men out to attack Welsh

James Doherty of Leeds is tackled by Seb Stegmann of London Welsh
James Doherty of Leeds is tackled by Seb Stegmann of London Welsh
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Leeds Carnegie head coach James Lowes wants his players to attack London Welsh next weekend, rather than sit back and defend what they have.

Leeds take a seven-point lead down to Oxford’s Kassam Stadium for next week’s return leg of the Championship play-off semi-final. It is a slender margin, and one Lowes wants to be out of his players’ minds.

“We can’t go down there and worry about the scoreline, we’ve got to go down there to win,” said the first-year head coach. “I believe in the side, I believe they can go down and win at London Welsh.

“We’re a good side and we create opportunities.

“This is a good bunch and I’ve got a lot of faith in them.”

Leeds only scored two tries to Welsh’s three, but they were never behind in a game they controlled for large parts.

“Should we be further ahead? I don’t think so,” added Lowes.

“You’re playing in a play-off competition and it’s the best sides over the course of the competition, so you’re not going to get runaway victories.

“What you’ve got to do is win each game and we’ve done that job. How ever we’ve done it, how ever we’ll do it next week, we’ve won the game and it’s theb first part of the job done.”

Lowes admitted he was disappointed in the officiating of Andrew Small who he felt kept “refereeing Welsh back into the game”.