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  • Local rugby: Leicestershire and Rutland sides enjoy good weekend in cups

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 22/10/13
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    It was a cracking weekend for Leicestershire and Rutland rugby as eight out of 10 teams progressed to the third round of the various cup competitions. There was a clean sweep in the Senior Vase as Vipers landed an exciting 32-24 win against Lincoln, while Aylestone St James beat Northampton Casuals 21-14 and Ashby won 47-12 at Bloxwich. Vipers were 17-12 up at half-time before slipping 24-17 down with 13 minutes to go, but 15...
  • Local rugby: Oakham pip rivals and climb to third

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 15/10/13
    attack:  Leicester Forest's Mitchell Lamb looks to kick-start a recovery for his side during the defeat against Leighton Buzzard
    There was an improvement in fortunes for sides at Midlands Two East level despite the wet weather that affected the region. Oakham moved up to third in the North division after beating Loughborough 19-10. There were only two tries in the game, Adam Varley scoring for Oakham and Andy Neville-Jones notching for the visitors. Melton Mowbray got off the mark for the season with a gritty 6-5 win at Stamford, while Belgrave returned to...
  • Local rugby: Duo keep up fine start to season

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 08/10/13
    on the ball:  Wade Wilson keeps possession for Aylestone St James during their defeat to West Bridgford in Three East (North)
    It was a difficult weekend for Leicestershire clubs in the Midlands divisions as there were only five wins from 17 fixtures. The most success came in Midlands Five East (North) as Birstall and Sileby Town maintained their 100 per cent starts. Birstall won 24-17 at Creswell Crusaders, as Rhys Chilvers and Josh Tooth scored braces and Tooth also chipped in with two conversions. Sileby scored seven tries as they thrashed Gainsborough...
  • ZOE SMITH CELEBRATES MARS MILK FUND AWARD

    By EstherKnox at 13:20 on 01/10/13
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    Triathlete Zoe Smith, from Oakham, Rutland, is celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the MARS Milk Fund. Zoe Smith has been a triathlete for the past seven years and is also the training representative on the committee of the Rutland Running and Triathlon Club. As part of this role the athlete leads a running night once a week and provides coaching support to club members. Zoe says: "Helping the members of...
  • Harborough through to next round after winning 80-point thriller

    By Leicester Mercury at 06:00 on 01/10/13
    MY BALL:   Birstall's Dan Knott, in green, goes for the ball with  Tupton's Sam Holmes during their cup game
    Market Harborough made it through to the second round of the RFU intermediate Cup after edging an 80-point thriller against Spalding. Spalding were 21-20 ahead at the break and also had the chance to take this absorbing game into extra time. A visiting try pulled the score back to 41-39 but a late conversion attempt drifted wide. Harborough's tries came from Ed Sumpter (2), Jonny Davies, Joe Blades and Harry Hurst. Joe...

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