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Tigers Academy make it four from four

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The Tigers Academy recorded an eleven-point, 17-28 win over the Yorkshire Academy in Round 4 of the U18 League season on Saturday afternoon at Otley Rugby Club.

A double to winger Josh Lugsden and tries to forwards Bobby Singer and Jordan Tebbatt secured the Leicester youngsters' second bonus-point victory of the campaign and means they remain atop the Northern Conference with two rounds remaining in the regular season.

It took just eight minutes for the Cubs to record their first of the afternoon through Lugsden, which fullback Ollie Smith converted, before second-rower Singer went over for his fourth of the season in the sixteenth minute.

Smith converted the score to see Tigers out to a 14-point lead.

Only three minutes later and Leicester had a third when back-rower Tebbatt scored and Smith was again on target from the tee as the lead was out to 21 points.

Yorkshire, playing with an extra man after a yellow card to Tigers lock Phil Tandoh, exploited the overlap to find their way over for a try in the 27th minute and converted the score to close the Leicester lead to 14 points, where it remained until the half-time break.

The home side flew out of the blocks in the second half with back-to-back tries, closing the Tigers lead to just four points, before the Cubs composed themselves and weathered the Yorkshire attack with a solid defensive effort in the final quarter of the match.

With just two minutes remaining, a second for Lugsden put an end to a potential losing bonus-point for Yorkshire and handed the visiting Leicester side victory and the try bonus-point to come away winners.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

YOR 7-21 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

YOR 17-28 LEI




Andy Wigley

Yorkshire Carnegie U18s
Yorkshire Carnegie U18s

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Leicester Tigers Academy
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FULL TIME | 17-28

The Tigers Academy continue their unbeaten start to the U18 League season with an 11-point victory over their Yorkshire Carnegie counterparts.

HALF TIME | 7-21

Tigers take a 14-point lead into the break against the Yorkshire Academy.


We're underway at Otley Rugby Club.

Team news | Academy side to take on Yorkshire

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Bobby Singer will captain the Tigers Academy in their Under-18 League fixture away to Yorkshire Carnegie Academy on Saturday (January 11) at Otley Rugby Club.

The lock, who is the squad's top try-scorer after three rounds, partners Phil Tandoh in the middle of the pack behind a new-look front-row trio of Seb Smith, Joe Plunkett and Jack Rowntree.

In the back row, Jordan Tebbatt comes into the starting side at blindside and Noah Leo at openside with Ben Muncaster at No8.

Academy head coach Matt Smith has announced a new half-back pairing of Harrison Casey and Jack Vernum, with Matt Potts at inside-centre and Cormac Calnan making his first start in the midfield, and Jake Sterland and Josh Lugsden again on the wings.

Ollie Smith, who has so far started all three league fixtures at outside-centre, is named at full-back.

Archie Vanes, Lynx Noumey, Tim Hoyt, Kit Smith and Sam Edwards, who have all started the majority of matches so far this season, are among the replacements alongside Jay Ecclesfield, Henry Joule and Danny Meredith, who are in line for their Tigers Academy debuts on Saturday.

Tigers Academy XV: 15 Ollie Smith, 14 Josh Lugsden, 13 Cormac Calnan, 12 Matt Potts, 11 Jake Sterland, 10 Jack Vernum, 9 Harrison Casey; 1 Seb Smith, 2 Joe Plunkett, 3 Jack Rowntree, 4 Bobby Singer (c), 5 Phil Tandoh, 6 Jordan Tebbatt, 7 Noah Leo, 8 Ben Muncaster

Replacements: 16 Archie Vanes, 17 Lynx Noumey, 18 Tim Hoyt, 19 Jay Ecclesfield, 20 Kit Smith, 21 Sam Edwards, 22 Henry Joule, 23 Danny Meredith

Form Guide
Last Match
Lost to Leicester Tigers Academy 17-28
Past Meeting
Lost 17-28
Last Match
Past Meeting
Last Match
Lost to Northampton Saints U18s 22-35
Past Meeting
Won 28-17

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