Saracens - There's History Between Us - Leicester Tigers

Apr 09, 2015

There's History Between Us - Leicester Tigers


Ahead of Saracens' huge game with Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park this Saturday, we take a look back through the archives at some classic encounters between the two clubs:

Hodgson earns draw at Wembley

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Charlie Hodgson came off the bench to knock over two penalties and earn Saracens a draw at Wembley against Leicester Tigers.

Trailing 9-3 at half time, Saracens fought their way back into the game and looked the more likely of the two teams to take the victory in the latter stages.

Salvi's driving tackle on John Smit ended a series of attacks from a short-ranged line-out and Hodgson manoeuvred himself into position to drop the winning goal, just to the left of the posts. Richard Wigglesworth's pass was perfect and the stage was made for the veteran, but Tuilagi, Anthony Allen and Harrison just did enough to put him off, and the kick from 20 metres out drifted wide - as did Flood's effort from longer range in the last play of the afternoon.

Saracens run riot at Welford Road

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A rampant Saracens ran in six tries at Welford Road as they inflicted Leicester's heaviest-ever Premiership defeat.

Charlie Hodgson kicked three penalties and converted his own try as Saracens raced into a 16-3 lead.

Ernst Joubert and Niall Morris traded tries before the break but Sarries moved out of sight with further scores from Owen Farrell and Jamie George.

Julian Salvi pulled one back but Brad Barritt and Joubert's second made Ben Woods' late score mere consolation. The record win was Saracens' third consecutive victory at Welford Road.

Saracens crowned Premiership champions

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A nerveless kicking display from Owen Farrell and a try from James Short saw Saracens claim their first Premiership title at Twickenham, defeating Leicester Tigers 22-18.

A 19 year old Owen Farrell proved he had the mettle to perform on the grandest stage, as he knocked over five penalties and a conversion.

Saracens went into the half time break 16-9 to the good, but Leicetster Tigers came back strongly in the second half. Tigers were seeking their third consecutive Premiership title, but found themselves four points down with regular time up.

The defending champions put together 32 phases in injury time, but a resolute Saracens side weren't to be denied and the men in black defended heroically, finally forcing a penalty after a six minutes of overtime to win their first piece of silverware since 1998.

 

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