RFU order Leeds to replay their match with Plymouth Albion
PLYMOUTH Albion's 34-16 defeat at Leeds on January 6 has been quashed and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has ordered a replay of the Championship fixture.
Albion appealed the result after the match had to go to uncontested scrums after just 13 minutes due to the state of the new Headingley pitch.
The RFU reviewed the events and today issued a statement.
It read: "The Organising Committee of the Championship met this week at the request of the RFU to review the circumstances that led to uncontested scrums after 13 minutes of play in the fixture Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion at Headingley on January 6 2013.
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"Having considered all facts and reviewed a tape of the game involved it was found that the Referee correctly ruled that the pitch was not safe for scrummaging.
"It has been decided after consideration of the representations of the clubs, the Laws of the Game and the regulations governing the Championship that the fixture should be replayed on the next available free weekend, being February 1-3 at a venue of Leeds choice.
"If a venue can be secured in Yorkshire that meets the Laws/Regulations, Leeds Carnegie will be required to fund Plymouth Albion's proper travel and accommodation costs.
"Alternatively, the game can be replayed at Brickfields with Plymouth Albion meeting all staging costs whilst retaining game revenue.
"Either Club has a right of appeal against this decision to an independent panel."