Leeds Carnegie 24 Newcastle Falcons 19: Advantage Leeds in play-off semi-final

Leeds Carnegie turned the Championship promotion race on its head with a thrilling win over favourites Newcastle Falcons.

Leeds were heavy underdogs going into the two-legged tie, but Ryan Burrows’s stoppage-time try means they head to Kingston Park next week with a five-point lead to protect and their hopes of a Premiership return well and truly alive..

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Head coach Diccon Edwards said: “If we didn’t believe it before, we certainly believe it now.

“Remember we are only a young team. we are still at the learning and developing stage.

“But that performance today was a squad effort, not just the team on the pitch, the whole squad.”But it was Burrows who stole the headlines and gave Leeds great cause for hope and celebration in the 600th game in their history.