Italian international and former Sharks flyhalf Roland de Marigny kicked 16 points to ensure Leeds a much needed win in the Premiership.
De Marigny, out of favour with Pierre Berbezier’s Italian national squad, slotted in for Scottish international Gordon Ross and excelled in the 26-16 win against an equally desperate Bristol.
Former All Blacks scrumhalf Justin Marshall was the big star of the Leeds win and the architect in his team getting their fifth Premiership home victory in their last seven games.
Tries: Doherty, Thomas
Cons: De Marigny 2
Pens: De Marigny 4
Pens: Strange 2, Hayes
Leeds Tykes: 15 David Doherty, 14 Andre Snyman, 13 Chris Jones, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Roland De Marigny, 9 Justin Marshall, 8 Nathan Thomas, 7 Richard Parks, 6 Scott Morgan, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Gordon Bulloch, 1 Kees Lensing. Subs: 16 Mike Shelley, 17 Rob Rawlinson, 18 Jon Dunbar, 19 Dan Hyde, 20 Mark McMillan, 21 David Rees, 22 Andy Craig.
Bristol: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Lee Robinson, 13 Rob Higgitt, 12 Sam Cox, 11 David Lemi, 10 Jason Strange, 9 Shaun Perry, 8 Geraint Lewis, 7 Joe El Abd, 6 Matt Salter (capt), 5 Gareth Llewellyn, 4 Nathan Budgett, 3 Darren Crompton, 2 Mark Regan, 1 Dave Hilton. Subs: 16 Alex Clarke, 17 Saul Nelson, 18 Mariano Sambucetti, 19 Dan Ward-Smith, 20 Greg