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Tigers lift Fours Premiership with unbeaten season

A series of ruthless victories saw Leicester Tigers lift the Fours Premiership this weekend, finishing the campaign with a 100% win record and a historic triumph for the club. 

The side had dominated proceedings in Round One and Round Two of the competition, with full match reports available to read within the links provided. 

The weekend kicked off with a victory that deserved to seal any Championship, a high-intensity, high-scoring, incredibly tight victory over third-placed West Coast Crash.

A 61-60 victory demonstrated the elite mentality this team possess', with players previously victorious at International level in events like the Paralympics and runners-up in the European Championships, and their desire to win shone through.   

Saturday saw two matches for Leicester Tigers, with the second, a 57-32 win over second-placed London Storm, setting the Wheelchair Rugby side well on their way to lift the trophy unbeaten. 

The London side had proven the biggest obstacle for Tigers in the prior rounds, with two Paralympic Gold Medalists and a former Best in Class at the 2006 World Championships bolstering their side, however the Storm were blown away by a rampaging champions-elect as they dominated proceedings throughout on their way to victory. 

Finally, the weekend finished with another high-scoring victory. With the Premiership title already confirmed, Leicester Tigers had one more opponent to conquer before claiming a historic unbeaten run.

Sunday's match, against the Sea Hawks, saw the side confidently dismantle their opponents, a mammoth 65-46 allowing the celebrations to begin and an 'invincible' season to be confirmed.  

Not only did the team enjoy success as a collective, they were awarded on an individual level as well. It'll come as no surprise that Leicester Tigers swept up at the 2023 Premiership 'Best in Class' awards.  

French International, and Tigers' newest signing having joined the club only this summer, Sebastian Verdin was awarded the MVP for the season, his sparkling performances driving the team to this unprecedented success.

In the other categories it was a pair of silver-medalists from Team GB's European Championships side that secured further wins for Leicester, Jack Smith and Kieran Flynn both stand-outs in the 0.5-1.0 and 1.5-2.0 categories respectively. 

2023 has been an amazing season for the team. Our newest import Sebastian verdin has allowed our elite players to play their roles perfectly and granted us increased depth to be able to bring second team players up to a Premiership level, helping them gain incredible court time and experience. I’m immensely proud of everyone for all their effort and performance over three incredibly competitive weekends. 

- Head Coach, Darren Matthews

You can see the final Fours Premiership table below. A huge congratulations must go to all players in celebrating this historic victory!

The final league table for this year's Fours Premiership