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Local rugby: South Leicester hit back for fine win


South Leicester made it nine National Three Midlands league wins in a row with a six-try 40-24 victory at Broadstreet.

South were slow out of the blocks as the home side scored 17 points in the opening half-hour with two penalties, two tries and a conversion.

It was only when South threatened the Broadstreet line consistently that they started to look dangerous. Their opening score was posted by centre Andy Gates, who burst through the middle to go over under the posts for fly-half Joe Glover to convert.

South went over again as lock Will Ward charged off a ruck to touch down. Glover was unable to convert and the home side led 17-12 at the break.

The visitors were revitalised after the interval and tore into Broadstreet. The dynamic rolling maul made an appearance and captain Luke Coltman was on hand to go over. Glover added a fine conversion for South to take the lead.

Leading scorer Sam Greasley finished off a flowing move to extend the lead, while Glover kicked the conversion.

South lost No.8 Chris Bale to injury but Aaron Langan came on and scored almost immediately. Glover again slotted the extras.

Broadstreet grabbed a converted try before Gates added South's sixth try after more confusion in defence, with Glover hitting the conversion.

Hinckley and Syston put in battling performances but suffered defeats to leaders Ampthill and Bournville respectively.

Josh Smith kicked two penalties for Hinckley in their 21-6 loss, while Syston went agonisingly close to a vital win before losing 33-29.

Aylestone Athletic ended the year in style as they beat Corby 45-5 in Midlands Four East (South).

James Bennett was their hat-trick hero while Joe Harris, Guillaume Altmeyer, Mark Corley and Phil Edwards also scored to ensure Athletic ended 2012 in sixth place.

Heavy rain put paid to the majority of league fixtures involving Leicestershire sides.

The highest-profile game to go was Leicester Lions' trip to Birmingham and Solihull as half of the National Two North fixture list bit the dust.

Market Bosworth and Loughborough suffered postponements in Midlands One East at Ilkeston and at home to Towcestrians respectively.

The Melton versus Coalville Midlands Two East (North) derby also went.

All fixtures in Midlands Two East (South) will have to be rearranged, including the derby between Vipers and Oadby Wyggs.

Most of those matches will be pencilled in for January 19.

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