Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
leicestertigers.comMattioli Woods Welford RoadContact UsTopps Tiles

Report | Tigers suffer bruising defeat in Slater Cup

Figure image

The journey down to Kingsholm feels like a big occasion; the first of successive double-headers with Tigers men, a visit to the Champions and a fight for the inaugural women’s Slater Cup.

Leicester Tigers men’s team had retained their Slater Cup trophy earlier in the day, claiming a bonus-point win against the Cherry & White’s in the day’s opening match.

On a chilly Gloucestershire night, the team suffered a bruising defeat to a rampant Gloucester-Hartpury side, looking to make a statement in their opening match of the season. A spirited second half and plenty of fight throughout wasn’t enough as the team will look to lick their wounds, address the problems and go again next week.

The first half kicks off with Gloucester-Hartpury (henceforth ‘G-H’) receiving a looping dropkick from Tash Jones.

Amy Relf, starting this week over Lucy Nye, does well to drag down a rampaging Tatyana Herd as the waves of G-H attack come piling in; Eva Donaldson goes for a canny breakdown steal but the referee adjudicates an infringement and G-H kick to the corner.

Tigers hold up well from the five-metre line-out, repelling the initial waves of attack but, after 7 or 8 phases, flanker Georgia Brock drives over for an early score, complimented by a strong opening kick by Emma Sing.

A couple of minutes later, Francesca McGhie does really well to put Sing into touch following smooth interplay from the hosts.

The line-out is unfortunately lost and G-H come in waves again, the ball well held up over the line by Charlotte Fray and Eva Donaldson.

The resulting 22 drop out is knocked forward and Tigers have their first chance at sustained possession. There are good midfield carries by the likes of Rebecca de Filippo while Catha Jacobs marks her debut with a strong carry but a crushing interception means G-H can run it home for their second.

The hosts are doing a great jo of keeping possession and although there are thumping tackles from the likes of Meg Jones and Fray, prop El Perry barrels over for their third and Red Rose Sarah Beckett gets their fourth a mere minute later.

Tigers continue to grit their teeth but this time the try comes out wide, the fifth scored by wing Mia Venner.  

 ‘Mo’ Hunt has been producing a typically stellar performance at the breakdown, providing regularly rapid ball that allows the home side to stay on the front foot constantly, always probing for gaps.

 Equally, the boot of Emma Sing has been absolutely impeccable, the 15 hitting five of six conversions to keep rubbing that bit of salt in the wounds on each score.

 

Half time score: Gloucester-Hartpury 40 - 0 Leicester Tigers

 

The second half starts reasonably brightly, with Tigers making good gain line progress and establishing themselves in the hosts half for the first time in the match.

Although G-H win it back and attack themselves with crashing flat ball, Tigers repel them well, a pick and drive from Francesca McGhie gaining metres while a low chop tackle from Keia Mae Sagapolu Sanele stops the opposition in their tracks, while, a few phases later, Meg Jones is up rapidly to help disrupt.

But G-H are relentless in attack, the width and after a bludgeoning break from Maud Muir, her offload finds fellow front row Neve Jones who goes over for the opening try of the second half.

The next 15 minutes sees more strong defence in the tight but, again, Tigers just can’t keep the ball for a sustained period,

First they send in their own waves of runners, the likes of debutant Lisa Cockburn driving over the gainline at pace.

G-H turnover but Caz Collie collects a clearance and dinks a chip and chase to put the hosts under pressure in their own 22.  

Debutants Jacobs, Cockburn and Nicholsen have all enjoyed competitive debuts, making strong hits in defence and carrying well when called into action.

G-H score their final try of the game with a well-worked score that allows wing Mia Venner to secure her hat-trick, following soft hands out right to exploit a well-worked overlap.

The heart that has been shown from all 23 players has been tremendous and, with twenty minutes remaining, Tigers seize the impetus and get some scores on the board.

One of the modern concepts that pundits mention is that of ‘field tilt’, also known as the preeminent areas of the field the game is played in and the direction in which play is moving. For the final quarter, for the first time all match, Tigers have the field tilt in their favour.

Lucy Nye has injected the game with further pace since coming on and the scrum-half has plenty of willing runners still going at full speed to the line.

The away side fashion a flurry of chances and are initially repelled well by the Champions who are desperate to keep a clean sheet. They resist well initially but eventually a clearance kick is gathered well by Tigers full-back, making her first start, Tess Feury.

The USA international, on the week of Thanksgiving no less, collects the ball and dummy passes wide, slaloming through the space before the cutting inside and stepping on the gas to finish.

A lovely, uplifting try is complemented by a thumping kick from wide left by M Jones.

And it’s Jones who gets Tigers’ second, just a couple of minutes later.

The backs are enjoying space to play as the clock ticks down and here a slick move from Nye, to debutant Nicholas to M Jones who then finds McGhie in space.

The wing is one on one with Venner but shows swiftness and guile in equal measure to burn past, making it to the halfway line. She’s met by a covering Sing but the Scotland wing chips daintily over the top, right outside of the home tryline. Tigers fly over the ball and secure the penalty and from there M Jones taps, gos and dives over, firing over her own conversion.

The last couple of minutes sees both sides fighting for the final word but dogged defence means it isn’t to be and the final whistle is blown.

On a cold night at Kingsholm, the players are visibly gutted by what is a tough defeat by any measure. The measure of the team will be how they look to pick themselves back up at training on Monday and go again, hungry for the opportunity to run out at Mattioli Woods Welford Road next week in a Double-Header that features a maiden derby fixture against Loughborough Lightning.

Congratulations to Gloucester-Hartpury on winning the first-ever women’s Slater Cup.

 

Full time score: Gloucester-Hartpury 52 - 14 Leicester Tigers

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

GLO 40-0 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

GLO 52-14 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Not available

Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC
Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC
52

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
14
Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
T
C
T
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
T
C
T
C

Commentary

FULL TIME IN GLOUCESTER

Despite a strong second-half, Leicester Tigers are defeated 52-14 by Gloucester-Hartpury.

CON | MEG JONES

Meg Jones converts her own try to make it 52-14.

TRY | MEG JONES

Francesca McGhie gets us upfield after flying past Venner and booting long. The hosts gather but Tigers force a penalty, Meg Jones taking it quick to dive over.

CON | MEG JONES

Meg Jones converts the try.

TRY | TESS FEURY

On her first Tigers start, Tess Feury scores a dancing try, collecting a clearance kick on the home 22 and slaloming through.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Wing Mia Venner gets her hat trick after slick hands down the line finds the speedster in space. 

CON | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Gloucester make it 47-0 with a successful conversion.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Tigers have repelled a succession of early phases but, following a break in midfield, an offload finds hooker Neve Jones who runs it over. 

BACK UNDERWAY AT KINGSHOLM

The second-half gets going at Kingsholm.

TIGERS TRAIL AT THE BREAK

A dominant first-half from Gloucester-Hartpury sees them lead 40-0 at the break.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Wing Mia Venner runs in her second of the match out wide, after a back and forth last ten minutes.

CON | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

The home side's lead is extended to 35 points approaching the half hour mark with a fifth successful conversion.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

This time, the hosts go wide; after plenty of driving runs in the tight they ship the ball right for Mia Venner to touch down in the corner.

CON | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Gloucester-Hartpury lead 28-0 after 21 minutes with a successful conversion following their fourth try.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Straight back at it, Red Rose Sarah Beckett runs it over from short range. 

CON | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

The home side lead 21-0 after 17 minutes after a successful conversion following their third try.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

The hosts are doing a great job of retaining the ball and prop El Perry barges over from close range.

CON | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Conversion successful from the home side, who now lead 14-0 after 13 minutes.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Tigers have a sustained period of possession but can’t break down the hosts midfield, an unfortunate interception allowing Kelly Taylor to score their second.

CON | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

Conversion successful seeing the home side lead 7-0.

TRY | GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY

The hosts kick for a five metre line out and play the phases, flanker Georgia Brock driving over from short range.

KICK OFF | ROUND 2

We are underway at Kingsholm in Round 2 of the 23/24 Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby season.


Team News | Tigers to travel for first Premiership away game

Figure image

Vicky Macqueen has named the matchday squad for Saturday's maiden Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby away game, as the side travel to Gloucester-Hartpury.

As well as competing alongside the men's side in a double-header at Kingsholm, the team will also compete for the inaugural women's Slater Cup.

Natasha Jones will captain the side, while three players are in line to make their debut for the club.

The front-row sees two changes at props as Leah Bartlett and Keia Mae Sagapolu Sanele, both of whom made an impact off the bench last week, come in at loosehead and tighthead respectively.

The second-row sees a new partnership as Catha Jacobs is set for her Tigers debut, the Springbok partnering up with Charlotte Fray who started on the bench in the side's opening round match.

The back-row sees wholesale positional shifts, including both of last week's second rows dropping back; Scottish International Eva Donaldson moves to blindside flanker, Morgan Richardson moves across to openside and Becky Noon drops to the back of the scrum at No. 8.

In the backs, Amy Relf returns to scrum-half, while the midfield is retained from last time out, the fly half and both centres retained.

The back-three sees one change, with Tess Feury brought in at fullback, the USA international also having come off the bench last week.

Finally, on the bench, Churchy Knight is in line to make her Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby debut while new signings from Warriors Women Lisa Cockburn and Sarah Nicholas are also all set for their first appearances for Tigers. If both enter the field, it will mean there have been 24 debuts for the club in the 2023/24 season.

STARTING XV

1.Leah Bartlett [1]
2. Alana Bainbridge [5]
3. Keia Mae Sagapolu Sanele [1]
4.Charlotte Fray [8]
5. Catha Jacobs *
6. Eva Donaldson [1]
7.Morgan Richardson [21]
8.Becky Noon [20]
9.Amy Relf [20]
10.Natasha Jones (C) [21]
11. Fran Mcghie [1]
12. Rebecca DeFilippo [4]
13. Meg Jones [1]
14. Caz Collie [5]
15.Tess Feury [1]

REPLACEMENTS

16. Elis Martin [1]
17. Churchy Knight [22]
18.Lisa Cockburn *
19.Amy Orrow [5]
20. Zoe Warrington [16]
21. Lucy Nye [11]
22. Sarah Nicholas *
23. Amelia Tutt [2]

posteamteam namepldwdlfadifftftatblbpts
1
Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC
Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFCGLO10100031117413749289049
8
Leicester Tigers
Leicester TigersLEI10208183368-1852960418
Form Guide
Form
WWWWW
Last Match
Beat Sale Sharks Women 29-3
Past Meeting
Won 33-26
Form
Last Match
Past Meeting
Form
LLWLW
Last Match
Beat Loughborough Lightning 22-17
Past Meeting
Lost 26-33

Matchday Live

Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC52
Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC
Leicester Tigers14
Leicester Tigers
Full Time