For their only home game of the campaign NLD hosted Leicestershire at Newark RFC on Sunday 18th February. The sun was shining on a dry afternoon that was perfect for rugby. Leicestershire opened the scoring with a well worked catch and drive in the first 10 minutes, before NLD found their composure and with some powerful runs made by the forwards and hard straight running from the backs fought their way back into the match. As a result of sustained pressure they opened their account with a converted try.
Halftime saw NLD leading 7 points to 5. Early in the second half the NLD pack caught and drove over the Leicestershire line for an unconverted try. At the resulting kick off the NLD no 8 caught the ball and carried it straight back to score NLD’s third try of the game. This spurred Leicestershire on and their forwards sucked in the NLD defense creating space out wide for their backs to score in the corner. NLD responded with a well worked converted try involving both forwards and backs. The away side piled the pressure on the NLD defense and a great cover tackle into touch saved a certain try. With less than 10 minutes to go Leicestershire scored what was to be the final converted try of the match, coming from a quick tapped penalty. The clock then slowed down and after a long period of pressure from Leicestershire, NLD forced a turn over and the final whistle saw them secure the win 24 – 17.
The NLD U16 Squad will now face Staffordshire in their rearranged fixture from January on Sunday 25th February at Leek RFC to conclude their 2018 programme.