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  1. Leicester win classic final

    Leicester win classic final

    Leicester were crowned Premiership champions for the third time in four seasons after denying Saracens title glory with an epic 33-27 win. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Leicester Tigers
    • Saracens
    • FT PARLING STEALS THE LINE-OUT!!! And that is the end of the match. Leicester Tigers have retained their Premiership title.
    • 79' Leicester keep the ball as long as possible but then they give away a penalty with just 30 seconds left. Saracens need a try now though. Jackson kicks deep into the 22. What drama. What a big line-out coming up now. Last play of the game.
    • 78' (33-27) TIGERS SCORE STRAIGHT FROM THE RE-START. Hamilton takes Flood kick. There is then a high tackle on Hipkiss, everyone is waiting for a penalty call, but Hipkiss just stays on his feet, spins free, and burst clear for a try. Flood converts too.
    • 77' (26-27) JACKSON puts it straight under the posts!!! Saracens take the lead.
    • 76' LEICESTER CONCEDE IN FRONT OF THE POST! In at the side.
    • 75' Saracens in the 22 after a great run by Brits.
    • 73' Leicester charged with a penalty while attacking - the momentum is just starting to shift towards Saracens a bit.
    • 71' (26-24) But it is straight in between the posts. Great kick under pressure from Jackson.
    • 70' Good spell of pressure from Saracens leads to a penalty. Another chance for Jackson - 39m out and near the sideline - a tough one.
    • 69' Hugh round of applause for Lewis Moody as he goes off. His last appearance in a Leicester shirt before signing for Bath.
    • 68' Murphy knocks on a Saracens kicks straight into the path Vyvyan....Saracens play on and Barritt causes more pressure with a clever kick but Brits can't pick it up and then Hill finally knocks-on. Another chance.
    • 67' The kick is well wide though - getting tense now.
    • 66' Leicester are offside 45m out in a central position. Jackson is going to try his luck after a little debate.
    • 64' Flood hits it wide though - it was tough - 47m out - but not too far wide of the centre so it was a chance
    • 63' Another Saracens scrum collapses...and that is a Leicester penalty - this could be the key to victory now. BIG kick coming up for Flood.
    • 61' Tired bodies out there now - Tuliagi has just knocked on as Leicester look to move it. Mostly they have been keeping the ball as much as possible in this second half.
    • 58' (26-21) Flood makes no mistake too -five points now the lead.
    • 57' Leicester win another penalty off a scrum. It is in front of the post too.
    • 55' Chuter with a backhand pass to Tuilagi and Leicester go deep into the 22 but they are charged with off feet so the attack ends.
    • 54' Tagicakibau charged with going in late at Murphy. Very harsh though and what's more he is very generous with the spot of the penalty to put it in kickable range. Good can't make it though so justice done.
    • 52' It looks like Goode is going to be driven over for a five-metre scrum but he skips up, shimmies past a man, and kicks away the danger.
    • 51' (23-21) Converted by Jackson.
    • 50' (23-19) BUT SARACENS GET RIGHT BACK INTO IT WITH A TRY!! They manage to get the ball moving again and Andy Saull found a little gap before sending Joubert in at the corner. Great score.
    • 48' (23-14) Excellent kick from Flood on the left too to extend the lead.
    • 48' And now they have a penalty as Saracens stand up on their own scrum. Great work from Castrogiovanni who gets the Tigers fans going.
    • 47' Leicester challenging the Saracens scrum very strongly. They are making this more of a scrap and that suits them.
    • 46' Decent shift from Stee Borthwick but the England captain is done now....Botha comes on.
    • 45' Leicester driving in menacing fashion but then Castrogiovanni knocks on and the attack is over.
    • 43' Sloopy line-out from Saracens just outside their 22 but they get away with it.
    • 41' And we are back underway...
    • 40' And there is the half-time whistle....great half of rugby. Leicester lead but it is still all up for grabs.
    • 39' Saracens ask about the time as they are awarded a penalty in their 22 - they need to play a little more though.
    • 36' Great spinning run from Goode sets up another attack but an ill-advised little chip for Jackson ends the attack.
    • 34' Bit of a kicking spell back and forth at the moment - it at least gives the fans a chance to draw breath.
    • 31' There have been just two scrums in this match so far which just shows how much ball in hand there has been. Cracking stuff to watch.
    • 29' (20-14) Easy coversion Flood.
    • 28' (18-14) TRY UNDER THE POST LEICESTER. It is Youngs who gets it as he skips by a couple men with a cut and scores. The entire move was worked up the middle with the initial burst coming from.
    • 27' Tagicakibau bangs into Murphy after the Irishman kicked. The referee lets it pass though as there was really nowhere for Tagicakibau to go.
    • 26' (13-14) Not mistake from Jackson. Saracens back in front in this see-saw battle.
    • 25' Leicester then charged with not rolling away right in front of the post this should be easy for Jackson.
    • 24' Expansive stuff again from Saracnes as they look to penatrate the Saracens defence, and Tagicakibau has just found a hold to move things forward.
    • 22' So lots of points already although we are now having a little kicking back and forth.
    • 20' (13-11) Huge tackle from Tagicakibau on Murphy but only after a penalty had already been given as Saracens fail to move away. Flood kicks the penalty and Leicester have the lead again.
    • 19' No conversion though as Jackson goes wide from right in the corner.
    • 18' (10-11) TRY SARACENS! Saracens then shift the ball the other side with some loving passing and Joubert then finds a gap from a wide position and goes in for the try. The video ref checked the grounding but never in any doubt. Jackson and Berger involved in the build-up.
    • 17' Saracens still looking to move the ball and Powell has helped moved them to the 22.
    • 16' That try came after a spell of pressure and Saracens must be worried.
    • 14' (10-6) Easy conversion for Flood.
    • 13' (8-6) FIRST TRY OF THE GAME FOR LEICESTER. Saracens were far to narrow and Leicester were able to move the ball quickly from midfield to the left and Smith is able to run in down the line - he then also moves all the way to under the posts.
    • 12' Hugh Vyvyan with a key tackle on Croft that makes him knock on just short of the line after Castrogiovanni burst into the 22 and fed Crane who almost set up Croft.
    • 11' Saracens not afraid to throw the ball around but they cough up it cheaply and Youngs burst into the 22 at pace but the he produces a poor pass. that Allen cannot gather.
    • 10' (3-6) Jackson kicks an easy penalty home from just 27 meters and just to the side of the posts.
    • 9' Cr Saracens moving the ball well around their backs and Wyles finds a little gap which brings them up near to the 22. Leicester are offside after a spell of advantage and it finally goes back for the penalty.
    • 8' Jackson with another kick just inside the Tigers 22 - Leicester back where they started.
    • 7' Croft claims the resulting line-out and sticks it up the jumper before Ben Youngs finally kicks away the danger.
    • 6' Saracens put the pressure on as de Kock puts a very good kick inside the Leicester 22.
    • 5' Well for once we have a team that is able to defend a restart kick but it was a poor effort from Jackson who is annoyed with himself.
    • 4' (3-3) Chance for Leicester to hit straight back as Saracens are charged with not moving away. To the left 40 metres out but kickable....and Toby Flood kicks to perfection too.
    • 2' (0-3) Leicester then charged with collapsing the scrum and Jackson kicks right in front of the posts. Easy for him, three on the board and a great start for Saracens.
    • 1' Leicester fail to gather the open kick and Saracens have a put-in just on the 22 after just seconds.
    • 1' And off we go.....Saracens get us going.
    • - The players come out to a packed Twickenham! Great noise in the old ground.
    • - Saracens are chasing a first English league title, having won just one piece of major silverware before – the 1997/98 Tetley’s Bitter Cup where they beat Wasps 48-18 in the final. Premiership - Final: Facts and figures
    • - Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter is of course watching on TV after his appeal against a touchline ban was rejected on Wednesday. That story here
    • - Steve Borthwick returns to action at Twickenham this evening accompanied by a ringing endorsement from his Saracens team-mate Schalk Brits. Brits backs returning Borthwick
    • - Our blogger Neil Back is going for his former team to win today but only just. Backy: Tigers to win - just
    • - Leicester: 15-Geordan Murphy, 14-Scott Hamilton, 13-Matt Smith, 12-Anthony Allen, 11,Alesana Tuilagi, 10-Toby Flood, 9-Ben Youngs; 1-Marcos Ayerza, 2-George Chuter, 3-Martin Castrogiovanni, 4-Louis Deacon, 5-Geoff Parling, 6-Tom Croft, 7-Lewis Moody, 8-Jordan Crane.
    • - Saracens: 15-Alex Goode, 14-Michael Tagicakibau, 13-Adam Powell, 12-Brad Barritt, 11-Chris Wyles, 10-Glen Jackson, 9-Neil de Kock; 1-Matias Aguero, 2-Schalk Brits, 3-Petrus du Plessis, 4-Steve Borthwick, 5-Hugh Vyvyan, 6-Jacques Burger, 7-Andy Saull, 8-Ernst Joubert.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage from Twickenham - it all comes down to this Leicester v Saracens for all the marbles.
  • Summary

    Leicester Tigers versus Saracens
    Smith 13’, Youngs 28’, Hipkiss 78’ Tries Jackson 18’, Joubert 50’
    Flood 14’, 29’, 78’ Conversions Jackson 51’
    Flood 4’, 20’, 48’, 58’ Penalties Jackson 2’, 10’, 25’, 72’, 76’
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Live Team Line-Up

  • Leicester Tigers

    Manager: Richard Cockerill

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Grindal
    • Staunton
    • Newby
    • Hipkiss Try
    • Woods
    • Stankovich
    • Cole
    • Duffey

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Saracens

    Manager: Brendan Venter

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Marshall
    • Ongaro
    • Hougaard
    • Skuse
    • ratuvou
    • Melck
    • Gill
    • Botha

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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