8 members of Leicester Tigers Development Squad were in action this weekend as they seek to gain experience and push for a first team opportunity.
On Saturday National League 1 leaders Doncaster traveled to the imaginatively named "Rugby Ground" and beat newly promoted Worthing 21-17 courtesy of a penalty try engineered by 20 year old loosehead Riccardo Brugnara. Brugnara played almost the whole match, not being replaced until the 77th minute, as the Knights remained in pole position for a promotion to the Championship. Flanker Lucas Guillaume played the whole match on the blindside whilst 19 year old tighthead Tiziano Pasquali played the final half hour after replacing Darren Morris.
Loughborough Students did not have such a good weekend falling at home to Wharfedale 27-7. 20 year old Scottish scrum half Scott Steele made his first start for the Students before being replaced in the 50th minute whilst Harry Wells played the whole match from the second row. The Students started brightly with an early try giving them a 7-0 lead; but that was as good as it got for the Students as the experienced Yorkshire side pulled away from them with two tries in 5 minutes during the second half.
On Sunday struggling Nottingham entertained Ealing at Meadow Lane. The Londoners had only won one game in their inaugural season at the second level whilst Nottingham finished last season 2nd in the regular season. As you can probably guess from that build up it was the visitors from London who shocked the Midlanders with a 28-27 win.
Outside backs Henry Purdy and George Catchpole played the whole match whilst Ryan Bower emerged from the replacements bench in the 55th minute for Fijian loosehead Campese Ma'afu. Nottingham scored 4 tries with scores for Bath wing Ollie Woodburn and a hat trick for former Tigers flanker Brent Wilson.