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Archive for Sport

Ireland Resume ‘A’ Games

Ireland are set to resume ‘A’ internationals, after their last game was in 2003 – Eddie O’Sullivan was keen to have another platform for player development and hopeful international players. The Six Natons ‘A’ series was discontinued last season when Scotland and Wales pulled out due to financial constraints. Their first game will be against France A at Donnybrook on 11th March.

by Keiron on November 30th, 2004 | Irish Rugby | No Comments » |

Ireland 21-19 Argentina

An injury time drop goal by O’Gara stole victory for Ireland at Lansdowne. O’Gara kicked all of Ireland’s points, with two dropped goals and five penalties. Playing into a strong wind and rain, Ireland came second best in tight situations. O’Gara’s boot kept them in touch rather than any running plays. Ireland showed great composure to get themselves into a position to allow O’Gara to thump over a massive drop goal to complete a tremendous, if fortuitous, comeback. Ireland: G Dempsey; G Murphy, B O’Driscoll (capt), S Horgan, D Hickie; R O’Gara, P Stringer; R Corrigan, S Byrne, J Hayes, M O’Kelly, P O’Connell, S Easterby, J O’Connor, A Foley. Replacements: F Sheahan, M Horan or E Byrne, D O’Callaghan,… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 27th, 2004 | Irish Rugby | No Comments » |

Leicester 21-9 Saracens

Leicester stayed top, maintaining their unbeaten home record with a victory over Saracens at a packed Welford Road! Tigers fell behind early on, but Andy Goode, Sam Vesty and Dan Hipkiss combined to free Tom Varndell who slid in the corner. Sarries kept in touch after the break, Simon Haughton wasting his burst with a sloppy pass that Robbie Kydd spilled. Replacement Ollie Smith made sure for Leicester with a late try. Leicester: Vesty; Varndell, Hipkiss, Gibson, Healey; Goode, Bemand; Holford, Cockerill, Morris; Johnson, L Deacon; B Deacon, Back, Tuilagi Replacements: Buckland, Hampson, Hamilton, W Johnson, Broadfoot, Smith, Lloyd Saracens: Kydd; Haughton, Johnsont, Sorrell, Vaikona; Bartholomeusz, Williams; Yates, Cairns, Visagie; Fullarton, Raiwalui; Randell, Skirving, Vyvyan Replacements: Ibanez/Kyriacou, Lloyd, Chesney, Seymour,… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 27th, 2004 | Leicester Tigers | No Comments » |

Leicester 2-1 Plymouth

The visitors took a first-half lead when Tony Capaldi picked up a deflected cross from Mickey Evans, and shot it low into the net. Jamie Scowcroft glanced a header in off the far post shortly after the interval. Three minutes later a Chris Makin cross was headed in by Dion Dublin to claim his fourth goal this season. Levein said: We’re trying to make this into a hard place for people to come and beat us, and we did that. Hopefully we can turn this stadium into a fortress and pick up points at home. But after watching that game, I can understand why Leicester were losing matches late on because we were doing some crazy things in the last… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 27th, 2004 | Leicester City FC | No Comments » |

Johnson supports Leicester move

Martin Johnson has called on Tigers fans to recreate Welford Road’s “fortress” atmosphere at the Walkers Stadium. Johnson said: It’s a wrench. Leaving Welford Road with all its years of tradition and history won’t be easy. But it’s the right move for the club and if everyone gets behind it, it is possible to recreate the atmosphere.” Welford Road consistently sells out (for those that know the ground that comes as no surprise – squeezed between two of Leicester’s busiest roads) as a 16,800 capacity ground – but the Walkers Stadium holds 32,500 people. Welford Road has become a very intimidating place for opposition teams. But we need the new stadium to feel like home and that’s the challenge that… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 26th, 2004 | Leicester City FC, Leicester Tigers | No Comments » |

Super Stadium?!?!

The City’s football and rugby teams plan to join forces and move in to the Walkers Stadium…. The move isn’t popular among a large amount of fans on both sides, but talks are underway for Tigers to move from 16,800-capacity Welford Road, to the Walkers Stadium in a link-up “unique in British sport”. The Tigers consistently sell out Welford Road, while the Walkers Stadium holds 32,500 fans. The Stadium would be re-branded inside and out, with a new playing surface for both sports and will also be used to host international football and rugby matches, other sporting fixtures, concerts and special events. It could be ready for the start of next season!

by Keiron on November 23rd, 2004 | Leicester City FC, Leicester Tigers | No Comments » |

Wasps 17-17 Leicester

A Leicester rally denied Wasps a victory in the tight game in High Wycombe. Wasps led 17-7 in the final quarter – but, an Andy Goode penalty and an Austin Healey try three minutes from time, converted by Goode, levelled it. Wasps were 6-0 up early on with Ed Thrower penalties before Tom Varndell’s converted try put Leicester in front! Mark van Gisbergen’s try gave Wasps an 11-7 half-time lead but two more Thrower penalties were not enough. Especially when Thrower missed a further penalty with 10 minutes to go. The game lacked many of the regulars on International duty, but former England captains, Dallaglio and Johnson kept the fight going! Wasps: Van Gisbergen; Thrower, Richards, Erinle, Voyce; Brooks, Dawson;… Continue reading »

by Keiron on November 21st, 2004 | Leicester Tigers | No Comments » |