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Wheelchair team make solid start to season

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The Leicester Tigers Wheelchair team kicked off their inaugural Coloplast Super Series Division One campaign with a third-placed finish at the opening tournament of the season.

The Tigers team were promoted to Division One after finishing top of the second division at the end of last season, their first year of competition.
They were drawn in a pool alongside London Storm, Gaelic Warriors and Kent Crusaders for the first Super Series of the season, held in Stoke-on-Trent.
Tigers were edged out 50-44 by an experienced Storm side in their opening fixture before recording a 49-47 victory over the Warriors, who double as Ireland’s national team, in their second game.
The opening day of competition saw Tigers beat the Crusaders 50-49 in overtime after the sides were all square at the end of the four quarters of normal time.
It left Tigers runners-up in Group A and drawn to face West Coast Crash, the Group B winners, in their first game of day two. Tigers went down to a 44-33 defeat to Crash, who went on to finish first in the Super Series with a 47-37 win against Storm in the final.
The result left Tigers facing their sister club Northern Marauders, in the third and fourth place play-off. Tigers produced their best performance of the series to secure a 47-39 victory.
Captain James Price said: “A top-three finish represents a very solid start to life among the elite and the weekend also saw the Tigers’ Nick Cummins voted the tournament’s best 1.5 player.
“With some important lessons learned and areas for improvement identified by the coaches, the Tigers can aim for more success at the second league tournament of the season next year.”
The Tigers Wheelchair Team are next in action on Saturday, November 29 when they face West Coast Crash in a special exhibition match in the hours leading up to the Leicester Tigers v Wasps game at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership.
Tigers v Crash is being played at De Montfort University's Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre just a 20-minute walk from Welford Road, and tip-off is at midday.
This match will last around 90 minutes, giving supporters plenty of time to make their way back to Welford Road in time for the 3pm kick-off against Wasps.
Tigers will also run a free shuttle bus on the day between Welford Road, the car-parking facilities at King Power Stadium and the QE Sports Centre.
Tickets for the wheelchair rugby match are just £5 and all proceeds will go towards supporting the team. Click here to buy.
For more information on the rules and details on the wheelchair team click here.