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Tigers Wheelchair Team crowned Super Series champions

The Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Team have been crowned BT Super Series Division One Champions following a successful weekend on the court, including three from three on the opening day of the final two-day tournament.

Opening their weekend with a 60-40 victory over Gaelic Warriors at the University of Wolverhampton, the Tigers side then defeated LWRC Crusaders 53-38 in the second Pool A fixture to set-up a final showdown with biggest rivals for the title, West Coast Crash.

Taking just a one-point lead in to the first quarter against Crash, the tension only grew as the sides went in all square at 20-all at half time before the Crash wrestled back the lead to hold a one point advantage at the end of the third quarter.

With it all to play for, the Tigers side showed their experience and closed out the match with a strong finish to come away 47-44 winners and claim the Super Series title.

Speaking after the come from behind victory, which ultimately handed Leicester the title, Tigers head coach Darren Matthews said, "It really feels great."

"Decisions taken last year have paid dividends," he added.

"I cannot emphasise enough how much each member of this squad has played their part in this success."

Darren Matthews

With the Quad Nations taking place next month in Leicester, including four members of the Tigers squad selected to represent Great Britain, Matthews was quick to praise the efforts of the whole group in achieving the milestone.

"It's easy to mention our GB players, but I cannot emphasise enough how much each member of this squad has played their part in this success."

Tigers continued their winning ways on the final day of competition with back-to-back victories over Canterbury (52-36) and Crusaders (54-46) to make it five from five for the Leicester squad on across the weekend.

The on-court success of Tigers was also highlighted by the inclusion of three squad members being voted 'Best in Class' for their efforts.

Nick Cummins (1.5), Gavin Walker (2.0) and Jamie Stead (2.5) were all named individual award winners, seeing Tigers with three representatives in the six categories.

Leicester Tigers club-captain Tom Youngs and team mates Graham Kitchener and Sam Harrison, CEO Simon Cohen and Matt Hampson were just a handful of names to take to Twitter to congratulate the championship winning squad, as well as Tigers supporters who celebrated the news over the two days of competition.

Just moments after the final whistle in the decisive victory over Crash, Youngs wrote, "Congratulations to our @TigersWR lads on claiming the BT Super Series Division One title today! Awesome stuff. Well done lads, from all of us at Welford Road!"

While Hampson, within minutes of the decider finishing, said, "So proud of @TigersWR who Became BT Super series Division one Champions today!"