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Report | Young Tigers fall to Bedford

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Leicester Tigers have gone down 47-28 in the final group game of the Premiership Cup, a young and inexperienced Tigers side putting up a brave fight against Bedford Blues.

Tigers made 23 changes from the team that beat Newcastle Falcons 60-7 for the visit to Bedford, eight players making their first appearance for the club.

Despite the loss, Tigers are through to the semi-finals of the Premiership Cup set to take place in February next year.

Bedford got out of the blocks, centre Tom Litchfield crossing for the opening try in front of an excellent crowd at Goldington Road.

Leicester responded through centre Joseph Woodward, lock Lewis Chessum showing great determination to charge down a box-kick, gather, then offload to his teammate under the posts.

Bedford backrow Joe Howard would restore the home side’s lead not long after however, that try sparking the Tigers into action.

Off the back of strong defence, Tigers earned a penalty and went for the corner. The drive was brought down illegally, and the referee had no option but to award Leicester a penalty try.

Tigers were not finished for the first half either, and off the back of a quick counter-attack flyhalf Wilkinson put in a perfect kick. Wing Joe Browning matched the effort with his chase and the pressure turned to points as the ball landed in Woodward’s hands for his second try.

Wilkinson found the range with his conversion making it 21-12 at the break.

Bedford were first to fire in the second half, the Blues running in two tries in quick succession to take the lead.

Tigers managed to force their way back into lead, wing Ben Woollett scoring on debut for Leicester.

The lead didn’t last long however, Blues beating Leicester’s cover defence out wide to score an excellent try, number eight Cameron King the one to touch down. The touchline conversion made it 33-28 with 20 minutes to play.

That try lifted the home crowd, and Bedford would seal the win through replacement prop Joey Conway.

The young Tigers side continued to push, but the contest belonged to Bedford, the home side running in a final try at the full-time bell to make it 47-28 and that’s how it ended.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

BED 12-21 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

BED 47-28 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Anthony Woodthorpe

Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues
47

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
28

Match Stats

Bedford Blues
Leicester Tigers
Possession
53%
47%
Territory
54%
46%
Penalties Conceded
12
9
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
101/116 87%
99/124 80%
Scrums Won
4/5 80%
5/5 100%
Lineouts Won
16/19 84%
14/18 78%

Player Stats

Bedford Blues
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Elliot Gourlay
14Ben Woollett1T
13Jacob Cusick
12Joseph Woodward2T
11Joe Browning
10Kieran Wilkinson3C
9Sam Edwards
1Archie Van der Flier
2Archie Vanes
3Dan Richardson
4Lewis Chessum
5Sam Carter
6Finn Carnduff
7Emeka Ilione
8Richard Clift
16Finn Theobald-Thomas
17Cameron Miell
18Ollie Crane
19Tom Manz
20Simon Koroiyadi
21Ollie Allan
22Charlie Myall
23Morgan Meredith

Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Matt Worley
14
Sean French
13
Tom Litchfield
12
Michael Le Bourgeois
11
Dean Adamson
10
William Maisey
9
James Lennon
1
Jamie Jack
2
James Fish
3
Oisin Heffernan
4
Robin Williams
5
Alex Woolford
6
Joe Howard
7
Kieran Curran
8
Cameron King

Replacements

16
Jacob Fields
17
Joey Conway
18
Bryan O'Connor
19
Jordan Onojaife
20
Luke Frost
21
Jac Arthur
22
Louis Grimoldby
23
Jordan Venter

Team News | Tigers team to take on Bedford

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The Leicester Tigers matchday squad for Saturday’s Premiership Rugby Cup away game against Bedford Blues has been named.

Summer-signing Sam Carter, the lone Test player in the weekend’s team, will captain the young squad at Goldington Avenue.

Included in the side are eight players who will make their senior club debuts in the final pool fixture of the Cup campaign.

Ben Woollett, who signed a short-term deal with the club this week from Jersey Reds, starts in a back three including Elliot Gourlay and Joe Browning.

The starting pack includes two debutants in Archie van der Flier and Richard Clift, with the latter on loan from partner club Nottingham Rugby for the weekend’s match.

Carter, Gourlay and prop Dan Richardson, in his 13th appearance for the club, make their first-ever starts for the club.

Off-season addition Finn Theobald-Thomas, who represented England Under-20s during the summer, is one of five debutants on the Leicester bench.

The Senior Academy quartet of Oliver Crane, Cameron Mill, Ollie Allan and Charlie Myall are the remaining youngsters in line for their first senior Tigers appearance.

In addition to the eight debutants and Browning, fellow replacements Simon Koroiyadi and Morgan Meredith will make their first appearances of the season to bring the total to eleven in the matchday squad.

STARTING XV

15 Elliot Gourlay [1] ***
14 Ben Woollett *
13 Jacob Cusick [10]
12 Joseph Woodward [7]
11 Joe Browning [5]
10 Kieran Wilkinson [2]
9 Sam Edwards [10]
1 Archie van der Flier *
2 Archie Vanes [8]
3 Dan Richardson [12] ***
4 Lewis Chessum [8]
5 Sam Carter (c) [2] ***
6 Finn Carnduff [7]
7 Emeka Ilione [13]
8 Richard Clift **

REPLACEMENTS

16 Finn Theobald-Thomas *
17 Cameron Miell *
18 Ollie Crane *
19 Tom Manz [5]
20 Simon Koroiyadi [3]
21 Ollie Allan *
22 Charlie Myall *
23 Morgan Meredith [4]

* Leicester Tigers debut
** Loan player / Leicester Tigers debut
*** First Leicester Tigers start

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