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Tigers Wheelchair Rugby stay on top

Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby team remain at the top of the BT Super Series Division One following the second set of fixtures of last weekend. 

The two-day tournament at Leicester Arena saw Tigers back in action against the country’s best teams with the home side finishing third overall. 

Tigers beat Gaelic Warriors 54-37 and Canterbury 68-38 before a 51-41 victory over DMP Bulls in the last group fixture to gain a place in the semi-final play-off scheduled for the second day.  

After finishing top of Pool A, Tigers set up a showdown with West Coast Crash who went into the weekend ranked second in the overall standings. 

Tigers missed out on making the final after a spirited performance, eventually losing 41-44.

But in the third-place play-off, they beat DMP Bulls for a second time, 54-36, and remained top of the table after the first two rounds. 

West Coast Crash were the weekend’s overall winners and hold on to second place overall.

Tigers’ Team GB international Jamie Stead (2.5) was among the Best in Player Classification list from the weekend. Players are given a classification based on their physical disability.

Josh Black, rugby development officer at Tigers who supports the wheelchair rugby team, said: “It wasn’t the result we wanted but the team put in the effort to make sure we keep that top spot. There were a few players missing this week so it was important the squad came together.

“It’s still all to play for and I know head coach Darren Matthews will be working the boys hard in training over the coming weeks ahead of the new year fixtures.”

The team train trains every Friday (11.00am-2.00pm) at De Montfort University’s QE2 Leisure Centre and welcomes players from all backgrounds and abilities.

Josh added: “We’re still hoping to set up a series of exhibition games in between the BT Super Series fixtures, so if any team is interested in getting involved, feel free to get in touch with me or the team.”

The next round of fixtures in the Super Series will be played in the final week of February, again at Leicester Arena. 

Anyone interested in training, playing or being part of the volunteer staff with Tigers Wheelchair Rugby should contact Josh Black by emailing [email protected]