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Bonus point win in Premiership 'A' League

Leicester Tigers Development XV secured a bonus-point 42-7 win over Worcester Cavaliers in Sunday’s Premiership ‘A’ League fixture at Welford Road.

Tries from Tom Brady – just three minutes into his comeback appearance after injury – and No8 Fred Tuilagi, both converted by Tom Hardwick, gave Tigers a 14-point lead at half-time.

Cavaliers finally got on the board on 57 minutes before replacement hooker Harry Mahoney  restored the 14-point gap for Tigers and then 17-year-old Henri Lavin provided the bonus-point score as Tigers finished strongly. Mahoney grabbed his second before teenage lock Cameron Jordan provided a final score in the closing seconds of the game as Tigers made it three wins from four games in the northern conference.

George Worth ran out as captain in the ‘A’ League for the first time, with Argentina international prop Facundo Gigena making his first appearance for the club and England Under-18s tighthead Joe Heyes making his first start at this level.

Brady, without a game since injuring an ankle in pre-season, provided the opening score of a chilly afternoon, arriving in support of a quick break from Jordan Olowofela on the right wing and beating the covering defence to dive in under the posts. Hardwick added the conversion for a seven-point lead.

Hardwick’s break and a follow-up from Charlie Thacker provided the impetus for a second try approaching the 20-minute mark, with Tigers patiently hitting their runners from a series of rucks before No8 Tuilagi forced his way over to the right of the posts. Hardwick added a second conversion to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Tigers then had to stand up to a number of phases of play from the visitors, though most of them were around the halfway mark, before Cavaliers knocked-on after setting up a lineout drive from a penalty on their right.

The second quarter was played mostly in neutral territory, both sides searching for gaps and both defences standing up to the task.

Harry Simmons showed his pace to halt a break from Luke Baldwin’s tap penalty near halfway, the Tigers scrum-half chasing down his man and then getting back to his feet to contest the ball and win a penalty. But Tigers were unable to build from there, spilling ball at the lineout on halfway just as they looked for a platform for attack and the opening period ended with Tigers 14 points to the good.

The second half began with Ben White on for Simmons at scrum-half and Tigers enjoying the majority of possession, though mostly inside their own half. And they had an escape when centre Max Stelling found a gap 30 metres out and threatened the line. But his grub-kick forward evaded the grasp of Howe who knocked on just a handful of metres short of the tryline.

Cavaliers then created a half-chance on their left, with former Tigers academy player Perry Humphreys hoping to find left wing Alex Hearle with a kick in behind the defence but White got back to get his hands to the ball first, though the knock-on gave Worcester another opportunity from the scrum. This time, though, the Tigers defence stood firm, with Thacker producing a particularly well timed hit to stop the threat out wide.

Tigers were finding it hard to get out of their own half and Worcester finally found a breakthrough on 57 minutes when scrum-half Baldwin’s footwork took him up towards the line and lock Darren Barry arrived to score. Sam Olver added the conversion from just to the left of the posts, cutting the deficit to seven points.

When Tigers finally made it up to the Cavaliers 22, entering the final quarter, Olver was able to win a penalty with his work at the breakdown and the visitors were back on to the front foot, kicking down their left flank but Tigers worked well in the defensive lineout to frustrate the visitors again and get put-in at a scrum.

Further aggressive work off the ball in the Cavaliers half earned another scrum put-in 35 metres out led to a third try for Tigers. Carrying strongly in a central position, replacement hooker Harry Mahoney squirmed out of pone tackle and then still had the pace to get to the line with the Cavaliers defence splintered.

After Hardwick added the conversion, a burst from White almost provided a fourth score but he was brought down 10 metres out and then prop Owen Hills showed a clean pair of heels to the defence, only to see Mahoney shut out just short of the line.

But respite for the visitors did not last long as flanker Henri Lavin managed to wriggle out of a tackle to dot down the bonus-point score to the right of the posts and Hardwick made it four from four conversion attempts as the lead reached 28-7.

Mahoney showed his finishing ability again moments later, beating two defenders tight to the right touchline and reaching out to score in the corner before Hardwick added the extras and put the contest out of Worcester’s reach.

There was still time for another debutant, who turned 18 earlier this month, providing the final push for the line after some patient close-range work from Tigers. Replacement Joe Carolan, from Loughborough University, added the kick to close the game.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 14-0 WOR

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 42-7 WOR

Attendance

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Referee

Philip Davies

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Commentary

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SEE YOU NEXT WEEK AT WASPS

Thank you for joining us this afternoon here on Matchday LIVE, whether you're on the couch at home enjoying the action or pretending to listen to the conversation at that family function you were forced to attend.

We will be back next week for our Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps as our senior team look to rectify yesterday's loss and return to the winners list.

FULL TIME IN THE A LEAGUE

The Full Time whistle is blown at Welford Road and the Tigers Development XV have recorded a 42-7 victory over the Worcester Cavaliers.

CONVERSION - JOE CAROLAN

Successful conversion from replacement centre Joe Carolan.

TRY - CAMERON JORDAN

Replacement Cameron Jordan is on the end of a brilliant phase of play from the Tigers to cross for a sixth try in the 80th minute.

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IN TO THE FINAL MINUTES

We are in to the final minutes now at Welford Road with a 28-point lead over the Cavaliers.

CONVERSION - TOM HARDWICK

Another successful attempt on goal, from the touch-line this time, and extends our lead to 28 points.

TRY - HARRY MAHONEY

It's TWO FOR TWO as Harry Mahoney crosses for another, this time in the right-hand corner. Richie Benaud would have enjoyed it. Well, saying it at least.

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OHHHH ... SO CLOSE!

A brilliant phase of play, moving through four sets of hands and including three flick passes ends 3m out with a drop ball. Would have been one heck of a try!!

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IN TO THE FINAL TEN

We enter the final ten minutes here at Welford Road as the clock ticks over. The lead is 21 points over the Cavs.

CONVERSION - TOM HARDWICK

Tom Hardwick again adds the extras and extends our lead to 21 points, 28-7 over the Cavaliers at Welford Road.

TRY - HENRY LAVIN

Blindside flanker Henry Lavin crosses after a handful of phases on the Cavs line bring results, following a brilliant break in the midfield from Owen Hills.

CONVERSION - TOM HARDWICK

Tom Hardwick adds the extra two and extends our lead to 14 points with 15 minutes to play.

TRY - HARRY MAHONEY

A flying Harry Mahoney latches on to a loose ball popped up by Ben Betts and he races 35 to score under the posts!!

62

TIGERS LINE HOLDS

A strong defensive effort after a good kick-chase forces a Cavs error and we will feed a scrum 35 out.

61

TIGERS BITE BACK

The young Tigers side hold strong and force a scrum their way 30 out from their own line for an unplayable ruck.

60

PIGGY BACK PENALTY

A second penalty in as many plays hands the visitors easy metres up field and they find touch just shy of our 22.

59

PERSISENT PRESSURE DOESN'T PAY OFF

Despite a solid string of phases moving the Tigers up field, they lose possession inside the Cavs 22 with the visitors forcing a penalty at the ruck. They clear to halfway.

CONVERSION - CAVALIERS

The additional points are added successfully and our lead is now just seven points over the Cavaliers, 14-7 at Welford Road in the 55th minute.

TRY - CAVALIERS

The visitors capitalise on field position from a line out just 20 out and two phases later a break and pass inside provides their first try of the afternoon.

MAHONEY INTO THE ACTION

Harry Mahoney is in to the game, replacing Jake Kerr at hooker.

52

KNOCK-ON EFFECT ... AGAIN

Another set of knock-ons from both sides, the second this time is the visitors and we will feed the scrum on our 22.

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KNOCK-ON EFFECT

Both Teams with knock-ons in recent minutes. This time it's Tigers for a Cavs scrum on halfway.

47

CAVALIERS BREAK THROUGH

A near try for the visitors after a mid-field break and grubber BUT, the chaser can't control. Tigers scrum 5 out from our line. 

45

ACTION BACK UNDERWAY

He's up and A-OK. Because in the A League, you are A-OK.

44

TIME OFF AT WELFORD ROAD

A break in play as a Cavaliers player is assessed on the ground and we are typing this update in order to keep our fingers warm, that is all.

CHANGE MADE BY TIGERS

Harry Simmons has been replaced at scrum-half by Ben White during the break.

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY

We're back on for the second chapter in this two-part novel of an A League fixture. 

How poetic!!

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FIRST HALF POINT-SCORERS

Tries: Tom Brady, Fred Tuilagi

Conversions: Tom Hardwick 2/2

TIGERS LEAD AT HALF TIME

The whistle is blown for the break here at Welford Road and it's the Tigers who head in to the rooms with a 14-0 lead over Worcester.

36

SIMMONS WITH THE STEAL

A brilliant individual effort from Harry Simmons in chasing down the Worcester break and forcing a turnover with a penalty for the Cavaliers man holding on.

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END-TO-END ACTION

Both Teams are using the full width and length of the pitch here at Welford Road this afternoon, using the ball well with both hand and foot to stretch the other in defence.

Exciting stuff for the not-so-large but vocal crowd in.

Shout-out the one young lady we can here in the Holland & Barrett Stand! We love the #tigersfamily passion!

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HALF AN HOUR DOWN

We are thirty minutes in to the A League action it remains a 14-point lead over the Cavaliers here at Welford Road.

25

YOUNG TIGERS HOLDING ON

The young Tigers side are backing up a strong start in attack with a solid defensive effort despite Cavaliers pressuring them across field.

CONVERSION - TOM HARDWICK

Tom Hardwick again adds the extras and the lead is no 14-0 over the Cavaliers after just shy of 20 minutes here at Welford Road.

TRY - FRED TUILAGI

After a persistent effort up field from the Tigers, Fred Tuilagi crashes over from a ball popped off the base of the ruck from Harry Simmons.

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ENERGETIC OPENING

Both sides are showing a will to play here at Welford Road today with plenty of intensity in both attack and defence so far.

CONVERSION - TOM HARDWICK

Successful attempt on goal and our lead extends to 7-0 over the Cavaliers after just three minutes.

TRY - TOM BRADY

Tom Brady opens the scoring in this A League fixture after a break down the right wing from Jordan Olowofela before popping inside for the five-time Super Bowl winner on his return from injury.

WE'RE UNDERWAY

We've kicked off in this A League fixture here at Welford Road, with our lads running towards the Robin Hood Stand.

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TIGERS LINE-UP

15 Jordan Olowofela, 14 Tom Brady, 13 George Worth (c), 12 Charlie Thacker, 11 Jonah Holmes, 10 Tom Hardwick, 9 Harry Simmons, 

1 Facundo Gigena, 2 Jake Kerr ,3 Joe Heyes ,4 Sam Lewis, 5 Joe  Maksymiw, 6 Henri Lavin, 7 Tommy Reffell, 8 Fred Tuilagi

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OPPOSITION LINE-UP

Worcester: 15 Perry Humphreys, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Will Butler (c), 11 Alex Hearle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Luke Baldwin; 1 Nick Rigby, 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Simon Kerrod, 4 Justin Clegg, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Huw Taylor, 7 Tom Dodd, 8 Ted Hill.

Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Jonah Boyce, 18 Joe Morris, 19 James Scott, 20 Andrew Kitchener, 21 George Wootten, 22 Ollie Allsopp, 23 Afeafe Haisila Lolotui.

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WELCOME BACK TO WELFORD ROAD

For the second time in two days, we are back at Welford Road for a clash with Worcester!

This time we are up against the Cavaliers in the A League competition.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the match.


'A' League team news for Sunday

Tom Brady makes his return from injury in the Leicester Tigers team for Sunday’s Premiership ‘A’ League fixture at home to Worcester Cavaliers.

Wing Brady has not played since the pre-season period following an ankle injury and is joined in the Tigers backline by Jonah Holmes who has scored three tries in three first-team appearances since his summer move from Yorkshire Carnegie.

George Worth returns to captain the ‘A’ League team for the first time and there is a place at full-back for Jordan Olowofela who scored a hat-trick in a nine-try win over the Cavaliers at Sixways at the start of the season.

Argentina international prop Facundo Gigena makes his first appearance  for the club, with England Under-18s tighthead Joe Heyes starting for the first time at this level.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm and entry is free to season ticket holders and members. For all other supporters, tickets are £5 adults, £1 juniors. All supporters will be accommodated in the Holland & Barrett Stand.

Leicester Tigers Development XV (v Worcester Cavaliers, Welford Road, Sunday 3.00pm):

15 Jordan Olowofela

14 Tom Brady

13 George Worth (c)

12 Charlie Thacker

11 Jonah Holmes

10 Tom Hardwick

9 Harry Simmons

1 Facundo Gigena

2 Jake Kerr

3 Joe Heyes

4 Sam Lewis

5 Joe  Maksymiw

6 Henri Lavin

7 Tommy Reffell

8 Fred Tuilagi

Replacements: 16 Harry Mahoney, 17 Owen Hills, 18 Ben Betts, 19 Cameron Jordan, 20 William Elt, 21 Ben White, 22 Joe Carolan, 23 Sam Wager

Worcester Warriors: 15 Perry Humphreys, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Will Butler (c), 11 Alex Hearle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Luke Baldwin; 1 Nick Rigby, 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Simon Kerrod, 4 Justin Clegg, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Huw Taylor, 7 Tom Dodd, 8 Ted Hill. Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Jonah Boyce, 18 Joe Morris, 19 James Scott, 20 Andrew Kitchener, 21 George Wootten, 22 Ollie Allsopp, 23 Afeafe Haisila Lolotui.

 

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