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Big night for County Cup rivals at Welford Road

Hinckley and Nuneaton Colts lifted the silverware in the Leicestershire County Cup Finals at Welford Road on Tuesday evening.

In front of a large and appreciative crowd – including Tigers first-teamers Tom Croft, Ed Slater, Sam Harrison and Vereniki Goneva – on a chilly evening at the home of the Leicester Tigers, Nuneaton collected the Laurence Fenton County Colts Cup with a 34-25 victory over Burton before Hinckley beat Lutterworth in the senior men’s final.

Lutts drew first blood with a try from hooker Warren Tebb after 23 minutes and were good value for their lead against their National League opponents.

But Hinckley levelled the scores within five minutes with a strong finish from wing Devon Constant on the left and that is how it stayed at half-time.

Constant added a second after 12 minutes of the second half, finishing from a tap penalty, and he played an important part in the next score as his break set up full-back Josh Smith who ran a fine line to finish before also adding the kick to stretch the lead to 17-5 with almost an hour played.

Lutterworth were still in the contest, though, and Hinckley had to wait until the closing minutes to add another score, with centre Phil Brocken finishing a strong attack on the left to run out 24-5 victors.

Nuneaton scored six tries in their 34-25 victory over Burton in the Colts Cup Final, but had to overcome determined opponents and survive a fightback which twice saw their lead cut to just four points.