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Development XV set the ball rolling

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The Leicester Tigers Development XV began their build-up to the Guinness A League programme with a 33-14 victory over Cambridge University at Grange Road on Monday evening.

Gavin Hickie and Ian Humphreys made their return from injury with a 40-minute run-out each as Tigers ran in five tries.

Winger Nathaniel Lowers scored from a good backs move to open the scoring, with Mitch Culpin adding the second try on the opposite wing before their more experienced colleagues got on the scoresheet. Hickie made a try-scoring return, while scrum-half Christophe Laussucq and centre Ayoola Erinle also grabbed a touchdown.

Matt Cornwell led the side which featured a mix of experienced players and youth from the Tigers Academy.

"The seniors and the younger guys integrated well," said Tigers player development manager Carl Douglas. "It was a very positive performance and a great experience for the younger lads.

"It was a good start for the squad ahead of the Guinness A League and we're looking forward to that first league game next week, hopefully in front of a big Welford Road crowd."

The Development XV's opening game in the Guinness A League is against Leeds Carnegie at Welford Road next Monday, October 29.

Free admission is included in a season ticket, while members can gain free admission by completing the form on the back of the voucher which was distributed at the turnstiles in the last two Guinness Premiership matches. Season ticket holders and members can gain free admission for up to four guests upon completion of the details on the back of the voucher.

If you have not picked up a voucher, call in at the Welford Road ticket office. Tickets are just £5 to non-members and £1 for juniors.