Leeds Tykes were handed a timely boost ahead of their opening game of the Heineken Cup this Sunday at Headingley against Neath-Swansea Ospreys after England second row Tom Palmer came through unscathed from his first game since injuring his knee on international duty this summer.
Palmer has not played since flying home from England's Churchill Cup campaign in Canada this summer and has had surgery to repair the damage to his knee. However, at Headingley on Tuesday night he made a brief 17 minute appearance in the second half of the Tykes Development XV's win over New Zealand U21 Development.
Palmer, 24, is unlikely to be ready for this Sunday's historic first ever game for the club in the Heineken Cup but his return to the rugby field will have lifted his team mates for the big game.
The Tykes won the game on Tuesday night 28-13 with Australia Sevens international Tim Walsh scoring 18 of the teams 28 points, including two tries. Welsh international Matt Cardey also scored along with young wing Tom Daplyn. The game also marked the return of number eight Colm Rigney who has just completed a nine week suspension.