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Development XV beaten in Prem Shield

Leicester Tigers Development XV were beaten 62-19 by Wasps in the Premiership Shield at Broadstreet on Saturday afternoon.

Wasps, who included eight senior players in their matchday squad, ran in 10 tries, including eight in the first half as they led 48-0 at the break.

A Tigers team led by lock Sam Lewis contained six guest players in the backline and conceded the opening score after just five minutes when Jacob Umaga ran in unopposed on the left before adding the conversion for a seven-point lead.

The speedy Callum Sirker scored the first of his four tries on the day just moments later and Wasps made it 19-0 when opposite wing Taju Attu got on the end of a sweeping attack on the right.

The bonus-point score came on 20 minutes when Tigers lost possession near halfway and Sirker won the race to the ball out wide and he completed his hat-trick with a free run on the left.

Scrum-half Will Porter added a long-distance try as the points continued to stack up and Tigers academy graduate Umaga added a cheeky score from a close-range penalty as he shaped to chip to touch but tapped to himself and reached over to score.

Wasps hooker Antonio Harris added the eighth try of the half as he bounced off three defenders to run in next to the posts and Umaga added the conversion for a 48-point lead at the break.

Former Tigers tighthead Keiran Brookes returned from injury to join the action at the start of the second half for Wasps, but Tigers claimed the opening points as they built on some good work from the kick-off to score through Fred Tuilagi, dotting down at the left-hand post after Owen Hills had been stopped just short. Tom Hardwick added the conversion.

Tigers continued to push forward, with wing James Spencer catching the restart and racing upfield, only to see Umaga sweep up his chipped kick virtually on the tryline, then strong work at the breakdown from centre Elliott Creed won a penalty and another chance to play up to opposition territory.

After Wasps centre Ross Neal burst through the backline to score, Sirker ran in his fourth try – and sixth in two outings – after being released down the touchline by full-back Cameron Anderson and the lead reached 62-7.

But Tigers still had time to add two more tries of their own, with Loughborough University centre Tim Bitirim cutting through a gap in midfield to break from halfway and force his way over despite being tackled close to the line. Then fly-half Hardwick and Bitirim took play up to the line again and, when Tigers went wide with penalty advantage, Charlie Hudson managed to slap the ball back for Tino Mapapalangi to dive over in the final action the afternoon.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

WAS 48-0 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

WAS 62-19 LEI




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Full Time

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Thanks For Your Support

Thank you to all those who made the trip to support Tigers at Broadstreet this afternoon, and for those who followed along at home.

The Tigers Development XV will be in action next on Monday, April 8 (7.30pm) against Sale Jets at Loughborough University.

Full Time | 62-19

The full time whistle is blown at Broadstreet and it's Wasps who are victorious in this Premiership Rugby Shield fixture, 62 points to 19.

Acrobatics From Tigers

Valentino Mapapalangi goes over in sensational style out wide for our third try of the afternoon, as he is in the right place at the right time for a pass inside from Charlie Hudson (while mid air)!

Extras Added

Hardwick converts to bring the Tigers score to 14 points.

Second Tigers Score

We have a second! A lovely pass from Hardwick and then a weaving run from Tim Bitirim sees the inside centre into space and around the Wasps fullback to score.

Conversion Successful

...and it's a seven-point score as the ball sails through the posts. Wasps lead 62-7.

Sirker's Fourth

The home side have another, again on the back of a set play from the set piece, and it's left winger Sirker in for his fourth.

Umaga Converts

Umaga converts to extend the Wasps lead to 55-7.

Another Wasps Try

We spoke too soon! Oops. Wasps score another from the set piece.


Score Update

With 25 minutes remaining on the clock, Wasps still lead 48-7 at Broadstreet.

Hardwick Adds The Extras

Hardwick converts to give Tigers the full seven points.

Tigers On The Board

We're on the scoreboard! Strong and patient play, ruck by ruck in the Wasps 22 pays off as Fred Tuilagi goes crashing over under the posts.

Second Half Starts

Tom Hardwick kicks deep into the Wasps 22 to get the second half underway.

Half Time | 48-0

Wasps A lead 48-0 over a young Tigers Development XV at half time here at Broadstreet RFC.

Conversion Successful

Umaga makes the kick to take the score to 48-0 on the stroke of half time.

Harris Bundles Over

On the back of strong work up the paddock from the side, Wasps hooker Antonio Harris bounces his way out of two tackles before going over under the posts.

Quick Tap Try

A sneaky move fr Umaga after Wasps are awarded a penalty at the scrum, as he fakes a kick for touch before taking the quick tap and running it over the line to score from close range. The kick is missed.


Tuilagi's Defence

Wasps pressure the line with a strong driving maul, but Fred Tuilagi prevents a score with a solid defensive effort!

We're awarded a scrum, five metres out from our own line.


Big Man Steals

Another steal from Feao at the ruck! Great work from the big tighthead in the thick of it today so far, as he forces a penalty and a chance to kick it out of our own half for touch.

Auditioning for a back row sport in the senior side, eprhaps?

...And Another

A third try in as many minutes for Wasps, with scrum-half Will Porter stepping his way through the defence inside his own 22 before racing the length of the pitch to score. Conversion attempt is wide.

Conversion Good

Umaga's conversion attempt is successful from out wide, and Wasps extend their lead to 31-0 with just over a quarter of the game gone.

Hat-Trick Score

Make that a hat-trick for Sirker, who races 60 metres down the left-hand touchline to score his third of the afternoon.

Grubber Kick

Wasps winger Sirker has a double after chasing down a well-weighted grubber from Ross Neal, who latched onto a poor pass on halfway to set up the scoring chance inside our half a phase earlier. Umaga is unable to add the extras this time.

Plus The Extras

Umaga adds the extras and Wasps ead 19-0.

Pop Pass

A poor kick is swooped upon by Wasps fullback Cameron Anderson, who then finds himself back in the mix a phase later to combine with Umaahe, who finds Taju Atta with a pop pass from the ground close to the line to score.

Wasps Add Another

A well-executed back line move from the hosts off a scrum no halfway sees them space up down the right for winger Callum Sirker, who races in to score. Umaga misses the conversion.

Umaga Converts Own Try

Wasps fly-half Jacob Umage converts his own try to take the score to 7-0.

Wasps Score

Not 60 seconds after holding out our hosts, a hole opens up near halfway in defence and Wasps capitalise for Jacob Umaga to run it in and score.


Feao Steal

The lads hold out several phases from Wasps deep inside our own end before a steal from David Feao hands Tigers a penalty and the chance to kick for teritory.

Kick Off At Broadstreet RFC

...and we're underway at Broadstreet in this Premiership Rugby Shield fixture.

Team news | Four changes for Shield match at Wasps

Tigers development head coach Ant Allen makes four changes to the side that beat Sale Jets on Monday night for the Premiership Rugby Shield match against Wasps on Saturday (March 30) at Broadstreet RFC.

Loosehead prop Owen Hills and international hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau come into the front row to join tighthead David Feao, who scored one of Tigers’ six tries at Heywood Road earlier in the week.

Sam Lewis captains the side alongside Cam Jordan in an unchanged second row, while Fred Tuilagi swaps the No8 shirt for Valentino Mapapalangi’s No6, with the Tongan international shifting to the back of the scrum. Tigers Academy graduate Henri Lavin completes the back row.

Tom Hardwick resumes at fly-half to link up with Loughborough Students scrum-half Will Findlay and a backline made up of five guest players from both Loughborough University and Doncaster Knights.

Aaron Tait keeps his slot on the left wing, while centres Tim Bitirim and Elliott Creed also pick up from where they left off on Monday. James Spencer, who started at full-back against the Jets, switches to the right wing while Loughborough team-mate Josh Lewis comes in at 15.

In the replacements, Ross McMillan, Campese Ma’afu and Loughborough tighthead Osman Dimen will offer front row support, while Tommy Reffell makes his return from an injury picked up on Wales U20 duty. Tigers Academy graduates Taylor Gough and Jonny Law are joined by Hartpury’s Joe Margetts at 20, 21 and 22. Charlie Hudson, who also dotted down at Heywood Road on Monday, will offer back three cover.

Speaking ahead of the match, Tigers development head coach Ant Allen said: “The 23 that travelled up to Sale put in a hell of a shift on Monday night, but now it’s about backing that performance up against Wasps.

“We’ve got a good mix of experience and emerging talent, and so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Match tickets are available on the gate at Broadstreet RFC at £5 for adults (including parking) and FREE for under-16s.

Supporters unable to make the trip can follow the action with updates provided LIVE on Twitter throughout the game.

Leicester Tigers Development XV (Wasps, Broadstreet RFC, Saturday 2.00pm)

15 Josh Lewis

14 James Spencer

13 Elliott Creed

12 Tim Bitirim

11 Aaron Tait

10 Tom Hardwick

9 Will Findlay

1 Owen Hills

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau

3 David Feao

4 Cam Jordan

5 Sam Lewis (c)

6 Fred Tuilagi

7 Henri Lavin

8 Valentino Mapapalangi


16 Ross McMillan

17 Campese Ma’afu

18 Osman Dimen

19 Tommy Reffell

20 Taylor Gough

21 Jonny Law

22 Joe Margetts

23 Charlie Hudson

Wasps A: 15 Cameron Anderson, 14 Taju Atta, 13 Ross Neal, 12 Michael Le Bourgeois, 11 Callum Sirker, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Will Porter (c); 1 Tom West, 2 Antonio Harris, 3 David Langley, 4 Tim Cardall, 5 Charlie Matthews, 6 Alex Rieder, 7 James Seabrook, 8 Joe Atkinson

Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Josh Fenner, 20 Kieran Curran, 21 Ollie Fox, 22 Sunni Jardine, 23 Tom Bacon

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