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[29 NOV 98] RUGBY LIONS NEWS
Rugby Lions (8)
Leicester (0) 5
[CHELTENHAM & GLOUCESTER CUP]

The Lions achieved a rare victory over their illustrious opponents, but only the foolhardy would expect them to win through to the next round of the Cup after this weekend’s second leg.

Leicester, the Premier Division leaders, were minus a host of stars including half a dozen who were on duty for England against Australia at Twickenham.

Nevertheless it was a fine performance by the Second Division club and especially pleasing for ex-Tiger Rob Field.

The match was dominated by the packs with Rugby coming out on top in every phase and they deserved their half time lead.

Martyn Davies kicked Rugby ahead with a long range penalty goal and then Chris Tarbuck crossed for his third try in as many games for the club.

Leicester came back strongly in the second half however and Rugby’s defence was put under sustained pressure. They crumbled only once, in the 68th minute, when Michael Horak dived over in the corner after a close range scrum.

Rugby then had to withstand a tremendous but managed to hang on to their three points lead top take to Welford Road for the second leg match when Leicester will be at full strength.
  

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