75 min: Penalty! Leicester 12-12 Saracens (Farrell)And Farrell draws the scores level with an easy penalty. Owen Farrell’s trusty right boot draws Saracens level with five minutes to go. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA75 min: Yellow card for Leicester! (Scott)There is arguably little justice in that for Leicester as Scott’s tackle was so much less serious than the one in the first half by Davies. Regardless, they are down to 14 men.
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To work as hard as he does, and not get the reassurance all the time, I don’t know how he does it. If I did that, I’d need a pat on the bum every five seconds to say – “You’re doing well, you’re doing well. ” But he sticks to his process, he backs himself, he backs us, and we’ve come away with a trophy. ”Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby, speaks to BT Sport: “Congratulations to Leicester, they’ve had a wonderful season, a brilliant season... They were very good today, they were too good for us today.
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Leicester remain encamped in the Saracens half. Leicester Tigers’ Guy Porter (second right) breaks through the Saracens line. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA55 min: Leicester construct an excellent driving maul on their right wing and move to within a couple of metres of the try-line. Saracens defend it equally well, and win the put-in at a scrum. McCall is pictured looking very concerned up in the stands and it easy to see why.
all the fans are here, everybody being there for us. It’s amazing. ”Full-time! Leicester are Premiership champions! Final score: Leicester 15-12 SaracensAbsolutely amazing drama right at the end. Owen Farrell’s penalty looked to have forced extra-time – and Leicester were down to 14 men after a late yellow card. But the Tigers launched one final assault on the Saracens try-line and moved through several phases... and Freddie Burns was in position to knock over the decisive drop goal! That’s an 11th title for Leicester. Steve Borthwick, their very impressive head coach, sits motionless as the final whistle sounds and then drops his head, seemingly in disbelief. But he will be feeling such incredible emotion on the inside. What an achievement by him and his team. And what a final. No one can say Leicester don’t deserve their title with the way they dominated the regular season. Added to which Saracens were fortunate not to be down to 14 men permanently after that high hit by Davies in the first half.
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Farrell gets his hands on the ball three times in the attack. Then the TMO flags up a tackle off the ball, and Saracens have a penalty after a fairly long advantage played by Barnes. It’s a chance for Saracens, do they kick for the corner or take the points? 60 min: Leicester’s Matt Scott comes on for Matías Moroni. It seems it’s a tactical switch, although the commentators initially said it may have been an HIA.
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I think they’re very good at dominating territory, and suffocating you, and not allowing you to play the game you want to play. We kind of knew that beforehand, but we weren’t able to deal with it anywhere near as well as we’d hoped today. “It’s been a really positive season overall given where we were.
Genge goes off for Leicester, Montoya is off with an HIA, and it looks like Borthwick has just freshened up his whole front row. Owen Farrell of Saracens kicks a penalty. Photograph: Matt Impey/Shutterstock61 min: Farrell snatches a ball in midfield and runs determinedly through a gap, seemingly wanting to inject a bit of urgency into his team’s play. It works – they move through several phases and edge into the Tigers 22.
58 min: Ben Early coughs up the latest penalty won by Leicester as the game approaches its fourth and final quarter. It looked like the penalty was awarded for Earl going off his feet at a ruck. Anyway, Leicester kick for territory and then run the ball off the lineout with Porter making a muscular carry and smashing through a couple of would-be tacklers.
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And now Saracens have the put-in at a scrum five metres out as we move towards the final five minutes. 72 min: Sarries attack with ball in hand. Farrell delays a pass in midfield, and when he finally does deliver it, it bounces off Billy Vunipola and into the grateful hands of a Leicester player. 70 min: We are into the final 10 minutes of the Premiership season. And it is very much in the balance. Saracens are growing into this at what might be the most important time... 67 min: It was Charlie Clare, Harry Wells and Ben Youngs that came on for Leicester, with Julián Montoya, Calum Green and Richard Wigglesworth going off. Penalty! 63 min: Leicester 12-9 Saracens (Farrell)Farrell knocks over a simple penalty after that spell of pressure for Saracens. Surely the right call to take the points.
It just shows how tight the players are. “It’s funny. When you work one week at a time, work really hard, and be really clear on what you are going to do, then something like this can happen. I don’t think anyone would have imagined we could have got close to this, not so long ago. But the boys have, and that’s credit to all their hard work. Ultimately you want to win rugby games but you’ve got to make your family proud, you’ve got to be proud of yourself, and make your friends proud of you. That’s what we do each week. ”Freddie Burns, now speaking to ITV4, is asked by David Flatman if he thought this day would never come: “100 per cent. Even with 75 minutes on the clock, with a man in the bin [I thought it wasn’t going to happen].
honestly, it means everything. I’m in disbelief. “When I started this journey at five years old I had two ambitions, to play for England and to win the Premiership, and I’ve down both now. To get the drop-kick over, I can’t believe it. I just wanted to run and celebrate but then I realised there was still time on the clock. ”Robert Kitson’s report:The final whistle, and Leicester’s celebrations, available to watch on Twitter thanks to BT Sport:“Job Done. ” Is the always-understated Steve Borthwick doing Leicester’s Twitter as well as coaching the team? Owen Farrell has a chat with Martin Bayfield on BT Sport: “It was a game of not making too many mistakes. We wanted something to hit, something to get our teeth into, at times...
75 min: Billy Vunipola picks the ball out of the scrum and rushes towards the try-line. Some desperate defence by Leicester keeps him out. Now the TMO is having a look at a high hit by Matt Scott on Vunipola. The crowd wails as the replays are shown on the big screen. 73 min: Saracens roar into the Leicester 22 and the Tigers are seriously stretched! Leicester look tired but they manage to reset their defence and they keep Saracens out, for now. It was Farrell who offloaded to Jamie George, who was held up just short.
It’s special. With some of the boys leaving, we said: this is the last one together. It’s special, it’s unbelievable. “We wanted to be unpredictable in attack, and the defence... the coaches got it right this week and got everyone fired up. The coaches told us - Don’t worry about the mistakes... everybody’s going 100 per cent, giving it all for the guy next to them... I think the family we’ve made, the boys are tight, we play for each other...
I watched him yesterday [Freddie Burns] striking these balls at the training ground... he’s got nerves of steel, hasn’t he? “Everybody in the whole club has worked really hard to get to this position. It wasn’t so long ago there were some very dark times. I’m just delighted for everyone. I think everybody at the club is still hurting for the Youngs family. [Tiffany Youngs, Tom Youngs’s wife, died earlier this month aged 35. ] It was just very classy at the end for Ellis and Tom to pick the trophy up together.
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