Yorkshire Carnegie will write their name in the history books if they can overcome the eleven point deficit from the first leg of the Greene King IPA Championship Final when they travel to Reading next Wednesday of the second leg against London Irish.

The Exiles were grateful of the boot of full back Tommy Bell after he  kicked five penalties and both conversions in the 29-18 win at Headingley Carnegie in the first leg.

The game at the Madejski Stadium on 24th May will be the 20th and final tie in Championship history to be decided by an aggregate score over two legs. The system is being scrapped next season in favour of straight promotion for the top side after the 22 rounds of the regular season.

In the previous 19 ties in both semi finals and finals played in the Championship, only twice has the team leading after the first leg not won the tie. Unfortunately for Carnegie, on both occasions it was them. In 2013, Newcastle Falcons overcame a five point first leg deficit to win the tie on aggregate by just four points with a 15-6 win at Kingston Park in the second leg.

Two years later, Carnegie took a seven point lead to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford to face London Welsh but lost out by an agonising two points on aggregate after Gordon Ross kicked a late penalty to seal a 29-20 win for the now defunct Exiles.

However, that game does give hope for Yorkshire Carnegie to over turn the eleven point gap. Two penalties from Alex Lozowski had edged James Lowes’ side in front before Carnegie went into a 13 point lead on aggregate following a sensational break by Jonah Holmes. He was supported by Fred Burdon and Stevie McColl before Charlie Beech popped up to go over for the try. Lozowski added the conversion to extend the aggregate lead with 15 minutes to play. However, there was heartbreak as a try from Seb Stegmann and Ollie Stedman saw the Exiles score fifteen unanswered points in as many minutes. As well as the try scorers, second row Ben West was in the Welsh side that day along with Beech, Ryan Burrows, Holmes, McColl, Phil Nilsen, Richard Beck and Mike Myerscough playing for Carnegie. That could mean as many as ten Yorkshire players were involved in that game and know what is possible in a knock out game.

A review of all the previous games since 2010, also gives an interesting marker. Over half, 21 out of 39, have been won by the away team including five of the last six. Last year, Doncaster won the away leg at Bristol but lost on aggregate.

Season Stage Home team Home Score Away team Away score Attendance Team leading
1 2009-10 Final 1st leg Exeter Chiefs 9 Bristol 6 10021 Exeter
2 2009-10 Final 2nd leg Bristol 10 Exeter Chiefs 29 11550 Exeter
3 2010-11 Final 1st leg Cornish Pirates 12 Worcester Warriors 21 3500 Worcester
4 2010-11 Final 2nd leg Worceter Warriors 25 Cornish Pirates 20 12024 Worcester
5 2011-12 Semi final 1st leg Bedford Blues 3 London Welsh 13 4075 London Welsh
6 2011-12 Semi final 2nd leg London Welsh 17 Bedford Blues 24 3010 London Welsh
7 2011-12 Semi final 1st leg Cornish Pirates 45 Bristol 24 2983 Cornish Pirates
8 2011-12 Semi final 2nd leg Bristol 29 Cornish Pirates 18 7356 Cornish Pirates
9 2011-12 Final 1st leg Cornish Pirates 21 London Welsh 37 3025 London Welsh
10 2011-12 Final 2nd leg London Welsh 29 Cornish Pirates 20 3456 London Welsh
11 2012-13 Semi final 1st leg Bedford Blues 26 Nottingham 17 2533 Bedford Blues
12 2012-13 Semi final 2nd leg Nottingham 21 Bedford Blues 23 3070 Bedford Blues
13 2012-13 Semi final 1st leg Leeds Carnegie 24 Newcastle Falcons 19 4259 Leeds Carnegie
14 2012-13 Semi final 2nd leg Newcastle Falcons 15 Leeds Carnegie 6 6003 Newcastle Falcons
15 2012-13 Final 1st leg Bedford Blues 9 Newcastle Falcons 18 4588 Newcastle Falcons
16 2012-13 Final 2nd leg Newcastle Falcons 31 Bedford Blues 24 7651 Newcastle Falcons
17 2013-14 Semi final 1st leg Bristol 17 Rotherham 14 5839 Bristol
18 2013-14 Semi final 2nd leg Rotherham 11 Bristol 22 3267 Bristol
19 2013-14 Semi final 1st leg Leeds Carnegie 38 London Welsh 31 2844 Leeds Carnegie
20 2013-14 Semi final 2nd leg London Welsh 29 Leeds Carnegie 20 2324 London Welsh
21 2013-14 Final 1st leg London Welsh 27 Bristol 8 5021 London Welsh
22 2013-14 Final 2nd leg Bristol 20 London Welsh 21 10905 London Welsh
23 2014-15 Semi final 1st leg Bristol 32 Rotherham 20 7381 Bristol
24 2014-15 Semi final 2nd leg Rotherham 16 Bristol 24 3227 Bristol
25 2014-15 Semi final 1st leg London Scottish 22 Worcester Warriors 27 1825 Worcester
26 2014-15 Semi final 2nd leg Worceter Warriors 38 London Scottish 15 6658 Worcester
27 2014-15 Final 1st leg Bristol 28 Worcester Warriors 29 12010 Worcester
28 2014-15 Final 2nd leg Worceter Warriors 30 Bristol 30 12024 Worcester
29 2015-16 Semi final 1st leg Yorkshire Carnegie 17 Doncaster Knights 30 3102 Doncaster
30 2015-16 Semi final 2nd leg Doncaster Knights 14 Yorkshire Carnegie 17 4797 Doncaster
31 2015-16 Semi final 1st leg Bedford Blues 16 Bristol 45 2662 Bristol
32 2015-16 Semi final 2nd leg Bristol 45 Bedford Blues 19 12030 Bristol
33 2015-16 Final 1st leg Doncaster Knights 12 Bristol 28 4759 Bristol
34 2015-16 Final 2nd leg Bristol 32 Doncaster Knights 34 16084 Bristol
35 2016-17 Semi final 1st leg Ealing Trailfinders 16 Yorkshire Carnegie 34 966 Yorkshire
36 2016-17 Semi final 2nd leg Yorkshire Carnegie 18 Ealing Trailfinders 20 2216 Yorkshire
37 2016-17 Semi final 1st leg Doncaster Knights 3 London Irish 35 2173 London Irish
38 2016-17 Semi final 2nd leg London Irish 39 Doncaster Knights 22 4644 London Irish
39 2016-17 Final 1st leg Yorkshire Carnegie 18 London Irish 29 4126 London Irish
40 2016-17 Final 2nd leg