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Report | Winning start at home for women's team

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Leicester Tigers recorded an historic bonus-point victory in the team’s first-ever Women’s Championship fixture at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday.

Four tries in the first half paved the way for an impressive win over the defending league champions and two more followed the break as Tigers won 36-0.

Tighthead prop Ofure Ugiagbe had the honour of scoring the first try on home ground and further scores quickly followed, with a bonus point in the bag before half-time, reached with a 26-point lead.

The second half yielded one more try as Tigers made it two wins from two games in the team’s first season of league rugby in front of an appreciative home crowd.

Led out by Leicester-born captain Natasha Jones, Tigers immediately had to defend a lineout in the corner but held up Cheltenham progress and then enjoyed a spell in attack, helped by a lineout steal from Abi Gale on the opposition 22.

Zoe Evans and then Jones broke through tackles to keep play at that end of the field until the opening try. Ugiagbe, who had previous experience of the Tigers stadium in her Varsity matches, became the team’s first league scorer at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, making the final push over the line after some pressure among the forwards. Katie Childs added the conversion.

A combination of Roisin McBrien and Georgia Westwood then almost created a second, but Cheltenham’s defence prevented an offload and then cleared 20 metres upfield.

The second try, though, came on 20 minutes from Kat Turner as a result of converting another spell of pressure and a strong run for the final metres to the line. Childs converted to make it 14-0 midway through the half.

A third soon followed, with Gale making the final pick-up and drive from possession close-in and the bonus-point score was added by Becky Noon approaching half-time after sharp interplay featuring Gale and second-row partner Westwood. Childs added the extras for a 26-0 lead.

Tigers had to defend that when centre Charlie Manns attacked to the left from a penalty, but the line stood up well and bundled play into touch to go in at the break with the lead intact.

McBrien joined the scoresheet five minutes after the restart, providing the final push for the tryline after more pressure from forwards Turner and Rebecca Church.

There were no further scores in the next quarter, though Tigers did get through disciplined defence and then pushed the visitors back for the closing stages of the game in the autumn sunshine, when hooker Sam Williams added try number six from a lineout drive.

More good defence followed with Evans blocking out danger on the wing and then the forwards standing up to phases of rival possession just 10 metres from the tryline to ensure the shut-out.

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Leicester Tigers 36-0 Cheltenham Tigers Ladies in Round 2 of the Women's Championship North 1 season. Tries from Ugiagbe, K Turner, Gale, Noon, McBrien and S Williams ensure a second win of the season.


Tigers have banked a first-half bonus point with tries from Ofure Ugiagbe, Kat Turner, Abi Gale and Becky Noon to lead 26-0 at the break at Mattioli Woods Welford Road. 


It's kick-off in the first Leicester Tigers home fixture in Women's Championship North 1, and it's the visitors from Cheltenham to get the game started.

Team news | Women's team for Saturday

Leicester Tigers will give league debuts to forwards Ali Gale and Becky Noon for the first-ever home game in Women’s Championship North 1 this Saturday.

  • First-ever home game at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this Saturday
  • Both teams opened the league campaign with bonus-point win in Round 1
  • Saturday’s visitors Cheltenham are defending league champions

Second-rower Gale and back-row Noon have been added to the starting line-up for the team’s historic first run-out at Mattioli Woods Welford Road after missing the opening-round win away to Bishop Auckland.

Katie Childs starts at centre after being used as a replacement in Round 1, while Abi Gordon and Holly Williams could both make their first league appearance from the bench.

Natasha Jones, who began her rugby career in the city with Leicester Forest RFC, has the honour of leading out the team on home ground as captain.

Kick-off against Cheltenham Tigers Ladies, who topped the Championship table last season, is at 1.00pm. For full ticket details, see our Matchday Guide.

Leicester Tigers

15 Molly Draycott
14 Zoe Evans
13 Katie Childs
12 Natasha Jones (c)
11 Louisa Burgham
10 Ellie Turner
9 Morgan Richardson
1 Rebecca Church
2 Sam Williams
3 Ofure Ugiagbe
4 Ali Gale
5 Georgia Westwood
6 Becky Noon (vc)
7 Roisin McBrien (vc)
8 Kat Turner


16 Molly Sanghera
17 Tanya Bird
18 Ella-Mae Fereday
19 Jade Shakespeare
20 Harriet Roberts
21 Abi Gordon
22 Holly Williams

Cheltenham Tigers Ladies: 15 Lauren Ebeling, 14 Chloe Morris, 13 Beth Jones, 12 Charlie Manns, 11 Emma Hennessy, 10 Erin Caughey (c), 9 Tara Godby; 1 Chelsea Page, 2 Rebecca Trist, 3 Amber Schonert, 4 Grace Gillard, 5 Tyler Lewis, 6 Laura Westlake, 7 Matilda Mahlberg, 8 Chloe Barton. Replacements: 16 Georgia Davey, 17 Alicia Watkins, 18 Minnie Morgans, 19 Tiana Gordon, 20 Leia Holden, 21 Anna Howes, 22 Beth Hicks

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