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Tigers Academy make it three in a row

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The Tigers Academy recorded a third straight victory in this season's U18 League campaign with a 19-0 win over Newcastle Falcons Academy on Saturday afternoon at Oval Park.

A try in the first minute to Emeka Ilione put the Leicester youngsters in front after the back-rower charged down an attempted clearing box kick from the Falcons before toeing ahead the ball to dive on it and score.

Ollie Smith converted the try to extend the lead to seven points after just sixty seconds.

It was more than half an hour before the Tigers found their way over the chalk for a second, this time through Jake Sterland, after a well worked driving maul on the back of a line-out 5m out from the Falcons line pushed itself within inches of the visitors try-line and hooker Archie Vanes broke away to the blindside before finding the left winger in space with a perfect pass.

Smith's conversion went wide, leaving the difference at twelve points where it would remain to see the Cubs take a 12-0 lead into the half-time break.

Only three minutes into the second-half and another line-out for Leicester 5m out from the Falcons line was brought down and driven towards the try-line, which the Falcons collapsed and forced the referee into awarding a penalty try to the home side.

The lead was extended to 19-0, where it would be remain after a hard fought second-half without any further points from either side.

The Tigers Academy travel to Yorkshire in Round 4 on January 11 before hosting Worcester Warriors Academy on Saturday, January 25 at Oval Park in Round 5 and finishing the U18 League campaign in Round 6 away to Wasps on February 8.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 12-0 NEW

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 19-0 NEW




Daniel Rowlands

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Newcastle Falcons U18s
Newcastle Falcons U18s
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FULL TIME | 19-0

A hard-fought second-half sees the Tigers Academy extend their lead to 19 points to nil against Newcastle's young side.

HALF TIME | 12-0

Emeka Ilione's first-minute try and another for returning hooker Archie Vanes pin the scores at 12-0 at the break in this match.


The Tigers cubs are underway in their latest Under-18 League match at Oval Park.

Team news | Tigers Academy side to take on Falcons

Tigers Academy head coach Matt Smith has named the Tigers Academy side to take on Newcastle Falcons Academy in Round 3 of this season's U18 League campaign at Oval Park on Saturday, December 28.

The Leicester youngsters recorded back-to-back wins over Northampton and Sale in the opening rounds of the 2019/20 League season and welcome Newcastle to the Tigers Oval Park training ground in the third round.

England U18s back-rower Emeka Ilione will make his first starting appearance of the new season after being named at blind-side flanker alongside Kit Smith and skipper Ben Muncaster.

Elsewhere in the forward pack, Lynx Noumey is included at loose-head prop in a straight swap with Seb Smith to partner Archie Vanes and Jack Rowntree in the front-row, with Bob Singer and Phil Tandoh starting their third fixture in the second-row.

Sam Edwards and Charlie Titcombe will guide the side at half-back once again after impressive performances in the opening weekends of the 2019/20 League.

Meanwhile, Billy Hull comes into the starting line-up at inside-centre alongside Ollie Smith in the midfield, with Matt Potts moving to the bench and the trio of Jake Sterland, Harry Sturmey and Jack Taylor named as the starting outside-backs.

Team news

Tigers Academy XV: 15 Jack Taylor, 14 Harry Sturmey, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Billy Hull, 11 Jake Sterland, 10 Charlie Titcombe, 9 Sam Edwards; 1 Lynx Noumey, 2 Archie Vanes, 3 Jack Rowntree, 4 Bob Singer, 5 Phil Tandoh, 6 Emeka Ilione, 7 Kit Smith, 8 Ben Muncaster (c)

Replacements: 16 Sam West, 17 Seb Smith, 18 Tim Hoyt, 19 Jordan Tebbatt, 20 Noah Leo, 21 Harrison Casey, 22 Matt Potts, 23 Josh Lugsden

Match information

Saturday, December 28
Kick Off: 2.00PM
Venue: Oval Park (LE2 5QG)

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