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13/01/18 Tigers 1st XV 16 v 22 South Leicester
Tigers in losing bonus point defeat
Last weekend Tigers travelled away to South Leicester who were just a few points above them in the League so it promised to be an evenly matched game. Tigers had a few changes in the squad, back Jamie Broadley was playing at no. 7 in the pack, and 2 debutantes on the bench - back Louis Taylor and forward Lewis Bloor.
The home side kicked off and just 6 minutes into the game, Tigers were awarded a penalty for not releasing, which Mark Ireland effortlessly converted to give Tigers a lead of 0 - 3. This was shortly followed by a penalty for South Leicester which was converted to equal the score at 3 - 3. Then, 20 minutes in, another penalty was awarded to Tigers in front of the posts which was an easy kick for Ireland to put Tigers back into a slight lead of 3 - 6. This was short lived however, as Tiger's prop Will Archer was given a yellow card for something he did in the scrum. With pressure on Tigers line, South Leicester opted for a scrum 5m from the try line. Winger Greg Mellor was replaced by prop Charlie Cone to make up for the man down in the scrum (not to go on the wing, although Charlie Cone as replacement winger would be a sight). Despite this change, South Leicester’s pack drove Tigers backwards over the try line to score the first try of the match. Following a successful conversion the home side were once again back in the lead 10 - 6. On 30 minutes into the first half, Tigers were still playing with 14 men. An impressive penalty kick from Ireland put Tigers well into the home sides 22. From a lineout, Tigers mauled the ball towards the try line followed by a quick pass to Jamie Broadley who broke through the South Leicester defence to score the first try for Tigers and his first try as a number 7. Ireland yet again converted the try, to re take the lead, 10 - 13. Subsequent to the try, Archer was back on the pitch and Tigers were back to a 15 man strong team. Then the first thing that happened was South Leicester were awarded a convertible penalty which they executed to equal the scores at 13 -13. Within a minute of that penalty, Tigers too were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately the kick was missed so the half time score was all square at 13 - 13.
The second half was underway and had begun how most of the first half had been - with a penalty. 8 minutes in, South Leicester were given a penalty for Tigers not rolling away which they converted making the score 16 - 13. Within 2 minutes a penalty was awarded to Tigers for offside which Ireland converted, once again equalling the scores at 16 - 16. 20 minutes into the second half South Leicester’s second row was given a yellow card for a repeated offside offence. Despite their best efforts Tigers were unable to score and instead, South Leicester were given a penalty for a collapsed scrum which they also converted, putting them into a slight lead of 19 - 16. With just 4 minutes left, Tigers were determined to come away with a win and attacking from deep, but unfortunately another penalty was given away for crossing, which again, South Leicester converted to increase their lead to 22 - 16. With less than a minute left on the clock, Tigers were on the offensive in the home sides 22 and putting a lot of pressure on South Leicester. The visitors determination and hope was evident, however an unfortunate knock on saw their hopes of a victory slip through their fingers with the ball. South Leicester booted the ball off the pitch to end the game winners at 22 - 16.
Tigers showed a lot of passion throughout the match, however it was more like watching a tennis match than rugby as penalty after penalty was given. Unfortunately Tigers couldn’t quite grasp the win, but did come away with a losing bonus point. Next week Tigers face second in the league, Hinckley, which will be a tough game, but Tigers are known to beat the top teams so anything could happen.
Scorers: Tries: Broadley (1)
Conversions: Ireland (1)
Penalties: Ireland (3)
Team: Bennett, McDonald, Archer (Cone), Ellis , Orton, Symcox Al (Bloor), Monks, Broadley, Talbot, Ireland, Wallace, Outram, Hart, Mellor (Taylor), Swatkins
Replacements: Cone, Hopkins, Bloor, Taylor, Farrell
Match Report: Hazel Joel