Junior players from Market Rasen and Louth RFC got the chance to show off their rugby skills in a tournament hosted by the Leicester Tigers.
The club sent under 11s and under 12s mini rugby teams to Oakham RFC to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
The cup was launched during the 2008/09 season as the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 clubs.
The carrot is a chance for the winners to parade around in front of a Twickenham full house during half-time of the Premiership final.
Leicester Tigers were out to support the day, with first team player Charlie Thacker casting an eye over proceedings.
Rasen’s under 12s narrowly failed to escape their pool, but inside centre Jack Leggett (12) was proud of his side.
“We just needed to win our last game to get through, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that,” he said.
“There were higher level teams there than we normally play, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle.
“I’m a big Leicester Tigers fan. We just met one of their academy players, which is really inspiring.”
The Red and Greens’ under 11s also failed to escape their pool, but St Hugh’s School pupil Henry Hargreaves (10) loved the experience.
“The tournament was great, especially because I’m a Leicester Tigers fan, and it was both exciting and challenging to play new teams,” he said.
“The format was quite hard to adjust to because if you fell behind, you didn’t have much time to catch up.
“The contact side of things gets me going - I love tackling people.”
* Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and has been a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade.
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