Going for kicks
Match report by University of Leicester student James Burridge
|A carnival atmosphere of close to 5,000 fans aided a
fast and furious game of eight tries in the second Varsity match at
They were also hoping to create a new Guinness World Record, downing around 900 half pints of Everards best
bitter! [see report below]
Leicester nudged a feisty and frenetic first half of rugby, three tries
to two. Although three points down in the first minute thanks to a Nick
Ventress penalty for De Montfort, Leicester quickly regained their
composure. After Nick Suttons break into the twenty-two, fellow
centre Bonar Styles managed to slip two men to score in the corner.
It was the start of things to come. Four minutes later, Leicester's
fly-half Al Fox cut through his opposite man on the half way line,
before the Leicester backs showed a cracking display of running rugby.
Full-back Matt Murtagh became the
'glory boy', scything through the De
Montfort twenty-two, scoring and then converting his own try.
De Montfort, however, were not to be outdone. James Downes scored from a
line-out five yards out, and nine minutes later, number 8 Scott Williams
strolled over for DMs second try, exploiting the holes in a stretched
Leicester back line.
Both sides missed chances to take a convincing lead, and indeed it
needed something fortuitous for Leicester to sneak their third try
before the break. Scrum-half Oli Peck chipped over the DM defence,
before catching his own kick and offloading it to number eight Al Jones
who touched down to the left of the posts.
Six minutes into the second half, and Leicester stole a march on DM.
Right wing Oli Poole eluded three DM tackles in a mesmerising run,
before scoring in the far corner.
Yet somehow DM refused to buckle. In an eighteen-minute spell, DM scored
two tries and a penalty, putting them into the lead for the first time
in the game, 30-25. The former polytechnic did what they knew best,
scoring two push-over tries, their third of the match, and started to
cause their university nemesis to panic. Leicester were forced onto the
back foot, started to look uncomfortable in the back line, and conceded
several penalties in the rucks.
It turned out to be the most crucial period of the game. A last gasp
effort by defending champions Leicester in injury time - a full ten
minutes in fact - saw DM conceding penalty after penalty five yards from
their own line, yet they still held on. Ten minutes was all Leicester
would be given. A turnover ball in front of the posts was soon cleared
and booted into touch by DM, and then it was all over. Boy, was it a
University of Leicester:
15 Matt Murtagh,
14 - Oli Poole,
13 - Nick Sutton,
12 - Bonar Styles,
11 - Mark Harwood,
10 Al Fox,
9 Oli Peck,
1 - Derek Hussain,
3 - Adam Mason,
4 James Weaver,
5 - Hugo Young (c),
7 David Mcturk,
8 Al Joness
Replacements Taj Fregarne, Ian Forster, Matt Sishton, Sam Bennett,
Roger Saladich, Peter Todd, Chris Vargyas, Oli Booth, John Clayton, Oli
|De Montfort University:
15 - Ben Frost,
14 - Will Hatchard,
13 - Leo Lockwood,
12 - David Nash,
10 - Nick Ventress,
9 - Dan Ridley,
1 - Sam Jackson,
2 - Dan Wythe,
3 -Jamie Nixon,
4 - Blake Walker,
5 - Dave Dearlove,
6 -James Downes,
7 - Matt
8 - Scott Williams.
Before the Varsity Match at the Tigers Ground on
Welford Road in Leicester, spectators joined forces with the Tigers in
a attempt to beat the world record for drinking beer.
|Nearly 950 people lined up to each down
a drink in turn. The aim was 1,000 half pints of Everards Tiger Best
Bitter - the previous record - held by Bath University Mathematics
Society - stood at 750 vodkas. The Leicester event, which is believed
to have been a successful attempt at breaking the record, took two
hours and twenty minutes.
The event was filmed and watched by judges from the
Guinness Book of Records.
Burridge's report was first published on the Leicester Tigers website at http://www.tigers/co/uk/sub_newsview.ink?nid=9201
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