Yorkshire Carnegie take on London Irish on Wednesday night in the latest instalment of a history that stretches back over 20 games to February 1996 when the side’s first met in the fifth round of the Pilkington Cup at Kirkstall.

London Irish, who were coached by Clive Woodward and in the top division that season, won 29-13 to progress through on that occasion but let’s take a look back at five of our best games against the Exiles.

Leeds Tykes 41 London Irish 16 – 8th September 2002 – Zurich Premiership

Braam van Straaten equalled the Premiership record with nine penalties in a 41-16 win at Headingley.

The South African slotted 31 points to help Leeds to a second victory of the season, following the previous week’s win over champions Leicester.

Besides the accuracy of van Straaten, the home side also scored two tries with Diego Albanese dancing around the Irish defence to make the final try, finished off by Ross, two minutes from the end.

London Irish 12 Leeds Tykes 16 – 16th October 2004 – Zurich Premiership

The 2004-05 season was a special one for Leeds against Irish with three victories over Irish. The season started with a heroic win in monsoon conditions in Reading. The final five minutes of the match saw Irish set up residence in the Leeds 22 and forced five scrums. For the last four Leeds were without the back-rows Colm Rigney and Dan Hyde who had been shown yellow cards for killing the ball. However, they held onto the lead given them by a try in first-half injury-time from Hyde. Everitt failed to hold on to a pass from a scrum 30 metres from the home line. Hyde latched on to the ball and slid over for a try by the posts.

Leeds Tykes 15 London Irish 6 – 6th March 2005 – Powergen Cup

David Doherty scored a sparkling try on his way to taking the man of the match award as Leeds reached the Powergen Cup final by defeating London Irish.

Doherty, just 18, was a constant threat for the Tykes, who thoroughly deserved to reach their first Twickenham final.

Doherty played a major part in Chris Bell’s opening try for Leeds and his second-half score took them clear.

Gordon Ross kicked five points for Leeds, while the Irish could only manage two Mark Mapletoft penalties.

London Irish 13 Leeds Carnegie 23 – 18th April 2010 – Guinness Premiership

Neil Back and Andy Key suffered one of their heaviest defeats in charge of the club when Irish ran riot at Headingley Carnegie winning 56-7 however fortunes were reversed in the final run in to the season when the Exiles title charge was halted by a heroic team effort at the Madejski Stadium. Irish enjoyed the lions share of possession but a crucial try by Luther Burrell was added to by an incredible length of the field effort finished by Jon Goodridge after an interception by Lee Blackett to seal an unlikely 23-13 season.

Leeds Carnegie 27 London Irish 19 – 6th March 2011 – Aviva Premiership

The last meetings prior to this season came in the 2010-11 season.  Irish took the spoils at home with Ryan Lamb’s boot proving the difference between the sides with Irish scoring four tries to Carnegie’s three.

However, in the return game Carnegie fly-half Adrian Jarvis inspired his side to a shock Premiership victory.

Exiles held a 16-10 advantage at half-time, Ryan Lamb converting Seilala Mapusua’s try after he and Chris Malone had both added penalties.

But Jarvis led Leeds’ fight back, converting Luther Burrell’s first-half score as well as Daniel Browne and Mike MacDonald’s touchdowns after the break.

He then landed a penalty to give Leeds only their second win of the season.