SEDGLEY Park assistant coach John Livesey believes the competition for places is bringing out the best in the players as they continued their good run at South Leicester.

The Tigers bagged another six tries in the East Midlands in a 42-10 win that sees them fifth in National Two North ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash with joint-leaders Chester at Park Lane.

It was a fifth league win in a row for Sedgley and has coincided with the easing of an injury-list that has been extensive and hampered them for much of the campaign after a second-placed finish last term.

The boost in squad numbers means a selection headache for bosses at the Whitefield-based outfit but Livesey says that creates healthy competition for places and a nice problem for those picking the team.

He said: “Hallam Chapman is one of those back after a broken leg and he had been a big miss for us.

“Others have missed large parts of the season as well but then it has opened doors for others and they have come in and taken their opportunities.

“Richard Lepori has come from rugby league and done really well, for example – he scored again at the weekend.

“So there are options and it all helps the team’s strength in depth.”

In addition to Lepori’s opener, Sedgley also saw tries from Andy Riley (two), Matt Riley, Ben Black and Oli Glasse against South Leicester. Glasse was watched by a big family gathering also watching home player, and Oli’s younger brother, Dan.

Livesey added: “They played well so it wasn’t really as big a gap as the scoreline suggests.”