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Mattioli Woods Welford Road hosts Varsity

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Varsity rugby returned to Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Thursday (March 16) as De Montfort University and the University of Leicester faced off for the first time at the home of Leicester Tigers since 2020.

The event opened with the Women’s fixture, which has been dominated by the University of Leicester who have won every edition of the match since 2004. This season's was no exception, with a 72-0 win for UoL cementing their status as the leading side in the city. 

Following the Women’s, the Men’s sides took to the stage in what was a far more closely contested affair.

The University of Leicester raced into an early lead, scoring in the first 10 minutes before things settled down into a typically abrasive match between the two sides.

UoL would score twice more before half-time to firmly take hold of the contest.

De Montfort looked to mount a comeback in the second half, especially after an unfortunate red card to UoL lock Lewis McBride, but it wasn’t to be as UoL ran 24-0 winners.