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Report | Tigers win at West Park Leeds

Leicester Tigers claimed a bonus-point 36-0 win at West Park Leeds in Round 4 of the Women’s Championship North on Saturday.

In the season’s third game on the road, Tigers scored twice in a close opening half played mostly in the middle third of the pitch at The Sycamores, Bramhope, before stretching out with four more scores after the break to maintain a winning run to the team’s debut season.

Led by back-rower Becky Noon and with two of the backline making a first starting appearance of the season, the opening score came after just four minutes with Bryany Chalk marking her call-up with a run-in on the left to finish from a break by Louisa Burgham. Katie Childs added the conversion.

But the visitors had to wait until the midway point to extend the lead against a physical and determined home team, with wing Zoe Evans scoring on the right touchline.

There were no further points until five minutes into the second half as Burgham beat two defenders out wide on the left to score and Childs added the kick for a 19-point lead.

The next score came from a tap penalty as Tigers started to convert pressure and field position into points with Jade Shakespeare crossing for Childs to add the extras and then Yorkshire County cap Kat Turner picking up from the base of a scrum to add another five points against a West Park team who finished third in the table last season.

The final score was added from another tap penalty, Ali Gale going alone as West Park were pinned back, and Tigers made it four from four at the start of the season ahead of a return home to face Loughborough Town Ladies in a derby during the Double Header at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday, November 5.

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West Park Leeds Ladies 0-36 Leicester Tigers. Tries from Chalk and Evans in the first half followed by scores from Burgham, Shakespeare, K Turner and Gale after the break in Round 4 bonus-pint win.


Tigers lead 12-0 in a close first half, with tries from Bryany Chalk and Zoe Evans, plus one conversion from Katie Childs. All to play for after the break


We get the game started at The Sycamores, with West Park Leeds Ladies hosting Leicester Tigers in Championship North 1. 

Team news | West Park host Tigers women's team

Becky Noon captains Tigers in the absence of Natasha Jones this weekend
Becky Noon captains Tigers in the absence of Natasha Jones this weekend

Back-rower Becky Noon will captain Leicester Tigers in the Women’s Championship North meeting with Leeds West Park Ladies on Saturday.

Noon was among the tryscorers in the Round 3 win at Worcester two weeks ago and will lead out the team as the league action resumes with another away fixture this weekend.

Bryany Chalk, who also scored in the win at Worcester as a second-half replacement, and fly-half Holly Williams both make their first starting appearance of the season, while Harriet Roberts returns at full-back.

Looking ahead to a fourth league appearance in Tigers colours this weekend, prop Rebecca Church said: “I played a bit in the Championship last year so I had an idea of what this league would be like, but the difference is coming into it with a completely new team.

“We didn’t know where we were going to be at the start with a new club and a fresh squad, but it’s been a good experience so far and we want to keep that going.”

Kick-off at West Park Leeds is at 3.00pm on Saturday and there will be updates on the Tigers website and social media.

Leicester Tigers 
15 Harriet Roberts
14 Zoe Evans
13 Bryany Chalk
12 Katie Childs (vc)
11 Louisa Burgham
10 Holly Williams
9 Morgan Richardson
1 Rebecca Church
2 Sam Williams
3 Ofure Ugiagbe
4 Georgia Westwood
5 Ella-Mae Fereday
6 Tanya Bird
7 Roisin McBrien
8 Becky Noon (c)

16 Molly Sanghera
17 Ali Gale
18 Jade Shakespeare
19 Kat Turner
20 Lucrezia Iavarone
21 Vicky Macqueen
22 Katie Gregory

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