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Report | Five out of five for academy

Leicester Tigers extended their unbeaten run in the Under-18 League with a 31-22 victory over Worcester Warriors Academy at Welford Road on Saturday.

A hat-trick from Jake Sterland and a try from fly-half Charlie Titcombe secured a fifth successive victory for the Tigers to extend their lead in the northern conference table with one round remaining in the regular league programme.

Titcombe supplied the breakthrough score on 17 minutes and added the conversion before wing Sterland opened his account, racing to a chip kick to beat the defence and run in under the posts. Again Titcome added the extras.

Just three minutes later, Sterland had his second when a break from centre Cormac Calnan took the attack into the Warriors half and his offload gave the wing space to run in the try and Titcombe’s conversion gave the defending league champions a 21-point half-time lead.

Tigers were quick out of the blocks in the second half as they held on to ball to build pressure in the Worcester 22 before a Crossfield kick was collected by Sterland to run in and complete his treble as well as supplying the try bonus point. Titcombe stretched the lead to 28 points with the conversion.

Worcester responded immediately as a penalty took them into the Tigers 22 and scrum-half Ollie Wynn found a gap to run in for their opening points. Finn Smith hits the post with the conversion.

The visitors built some pressure with an attacking lineout and pushed their way over from a driving maul with Joe Richardson dotting down in the corner. Smith added the conversion.

After a Titcombe penalty – and a Worcester yellow card for a high tackle – the Warriors regained territory in attack and, although they were were held out almost on the tryline, quick ball out of the ruck gave James Mann the chance to dive over for a third try.

And the visitors also claimed the final points of the match as they chipped ahead from halfway and, when Wynn found a gap around a ruck, he darted over for their bonus point score.

The conversion from Smith went wide as Tigers brought the game to a close with a nine-point win.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 21-0 WOR

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 31-22 WOR




Peter Caunt

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Thank you to all the fans who joined us at Welford Road for today's academy match against Worcester.


It's three tries to Worcester in the final quarter here at Welford Road as they claim a bonus point try in the last play of the game. 

Tigers get three points from a penalty but the early lead keeps Tigers in front despite the Worcester fight back and secures the 31-22 win. 



Tigers score minutes into the second-half as a cross field kick finds Sterland who runs in for his third try of the match, Titcombe adds the con.

Worcester respond with pressure in Tigers half and the scrum-half Ollie Wynn is quick off the scrum to score and make it 28-5 to Tigers.


Tigers Charlie Titcombe kicks-off the second-half here at Welford Road. 


Tigers get two quick scores towards the end of the half to take a 21-0 lead at half-time through winger Jake Sterland, both converted by Charlie Titcombe. 



Tigers with the first points of the afternoon as mounting pressure in the Worcester 22 sees Tigers create the space for scrum-half and co- captain Sam Edwards to find a gap around the ruck to break through before offloading to Charlie Titcombe to run it in for the score.           

Titcombe also added the conversion to make it 7-0 after 18 minutes. 


The action has started here as Worcester fly-half Finn Smith kicks-off and get us underway at Welford Road. 



We start the action today at Welford Road as the Tigers Academy take on Worcester Warriors. 

The teams have finished their warm-ups and we are just a few minutes away from kick-off. 

Team news | Academy team to take on Warriors at Welford Road

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Sam Edwards and Archie Vanes will co-captain the Tigers Academy side in their Premiership Under-18 League fixture against the Worcester Warriors Academy at Welford Road on Saturday, January 25.

The duo, who were members of last season’s U18 League title winning Tigers squad, were named to share the leadership duties in the Round 5 match as head coach Matt Smith continues to rotate the captaincy.

Vanes is joined in the front-row by Seb Smith and Jack Rowntree, with Bobby Singer and Callum Oakden – making his first starting appearance of the 2019/20 campaign, making up the Tigers tight-five.

Phil Tandoh shifts from the second row to back row, after being named at blindside flanker, to link up with Kit Smith and Jordan Tebbatt.

Co-captain Edwards has been named alongside Charlie Titcombe as halfbacks with Matt Potts and Cormac Calnan to partner one another in the Tigers midfield.

Ollie Smith, the side’s goal-kicker, is included at fullback with Josh Lugsden and Jake Sterland named on the wings.

Tigers Academy XV: O Ollie Smith, N Josh Lugsden, M Cormac Calnan, L Matt Potts, K Jake Sterland, J Charlie Titcombe, I Sam Edwards (c); A Seb Smith, B Archie Vanes (c), C Jack Rowntree, D Bobby Singer, E Callum Oakden, F Phil Tandoh, H Kit Smith, G Jordan Tebbatt

Replacements: P Joe Plunkett, Q Lynx Noumey, R Tim Hoyt, S Ben Muncaster, T Noah Leo, U Jed Gelderbloom, V Billy Hull, W Henry Joule

Admission to next Saturday’s game is free – but you will need a ticket to gain entry – with all supporters accommodated in the Holland & Barrett Stand. All season ticket cards will work at the turnstiles. For all other supporters, click here to download up to four tickets or collect at the ticket office on your way to the game.

Form Guide
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Lost to Northampton Saints U18s 22-35
Past Meeting
Won 31-22
Last Match
Past Meeting
Last Match
Lost to Leicester Tigers Academy 22-31
Past Meeting
Lost 22-31

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