If there was an air of trepidation that the controversial name change to Yorkshire Carnegie might derail this season’s promotion push, supporters need not have worried as Leeds racked up 62 points to demolish Moseley and top the Championship for the first time this season
Kevin Maggs’ side might have thought the storms that had been battering Britain for much of the week had finally receded, but Carnegie had other ideas and produced one of their finest attacking displays of the season.
Commenting on his side’s ten tries, including a hat-trick for David Doherty, boss James Lowes said: “I’m very, very happy with the attacking play, but some of the other work we did defensively probably won’t stand out today but that too was good.
“There has been a lot made by people about the name change, especially on Twitter, but those people need to read the small print because they don’t fully understand what it’s all about because we don’t want to take over any clubs, we just want to have a link.
“Not only do we want to bring some investors in, but some of these young players too.”
The home side took the lead in under 30 seconds when a fast break from Alex Lozowski released Wasps loanee Jonah Holmes to run 60 metres and score in the corner and Lozowski kicked the extras.
A break from Fred Burdon on his own try-line then found Rob Vickerman, and excellent hold up play allowed Doherty to open his account.
There was an element of confusion about the third score as the ball appeared to be knocked-on but the officials were happy to award Doherty his second try.
James Lowes’ men secured the bonus-point inside 12 minutes. After a scrum on halfway, Hampson’s dummy pass opened up the Moseley defence once more and he crashed over and Lozowski kicked his fourth conversion of the afternoon.
After a series of re-set scrums, Leeds launched the ball down field and from a line-out, a feigned pass outside from Hampson created space and his strong run earned him a second try in the corner.
A line-out five metres from the Moseley line allowed Carnegie to score their sixth try, after the forwards had won the ball, a pass out wide found Josh Giffin and he rumbled over.
Hampson was then shown a yellow card for persistent infringements, but Kevin Maggs’ side could not take advantage and they trailed by 38 points at half-time.
Moseley finally got points on the board when Will Evans crashed over from a five-metre line-out, but Caolan Ryan then pulled his conversion attempt wide.
But Leeds were back in business when Hampson took a quick penalty tap at a five-metre scrum, and Holmes had enough nous to bring the ball back under control to score his second try.
As the game started to lose momentum, on loan Bath flanker David Sisi was sent to the sin-bin for an infringement at the breakdown.
But Lozowski capped a fine performance with a try under the posts and the former Chelsea academy graduate converted his own score.
There was still time for Doherty to score his ninth try of the season and complete his hat-trick, before Burrows marked the signing of his new contract with a score under the posts as Leeds went top in style.
Leeds Carnegie: Holmes, Griffin (Clarke 61), Vickerman, Burdon, D. Doherty, Lozowski, Hampson (J. Doherty 61), Harris (Imiolek 51), Nilsen (Graham 61), Tussac (Hooper 51-78), Myerscough (Hannay 40), Smith, Sisi, Rowan © (Walker 61), Burrows.
Moseley: Penn, Hunt, Armstrong, King (Owen 40), Williams, Ryan, Glynn (Brazier 69), Voisey (Warren 64), W. Evans (Lea 69), B. Evans (Parkins 60), Charlton (Burrows 40), Powell ©, Lawrence, Robinson (Parkins 63), Brightwell.
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)