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Leicester double in Welford Road Varsity Night

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University of Leicester claimed a Varsity double in front of a big crowd at Welford Road on Wednesday evening.

Each year the sports teams from the city's University of Leicester and De Montfort University play each other in a range of sports to decide the identity of the dominant sporting institute, with the event concluding in front of a large and noisy crowd at Welford Road for the Varsity rugby matches.

University of Leicester defended both titles successfully on Wednesday, winning the women’s match 14-0 and following up with a 20-6 victory in the men's fixture.

A converted try in each half gave Leicester an 11th successive win in the women’s match in a very hard-fought and tight contest.

The men’s match was just as hotly-contested, DMU scoring an early penalty and being held up over the tryline in the final minute of the first half as Leicester earned an 8-6 lead at half-time.

DMU enjoyed their share of possession and territory in the second half as well as showing determined defence before Leicester claimed well-finished tries either side of the hour mark to retain their title and make it eight wins in 13 years.