May 24, 2016
Last Time Out: Saracens' Premiership Finals
Saturday’s game at Twickenham will be Sarries’ fifth appearance in the end of season final. The Men in Black have secured two previous Aviva Premiership triumphs, the first in 2011 and the second at the end of last season. Here we take a look back at the previous end of season trips to HQ.
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 2010
Saracens suffered an agonising defeat at the hands of the Tigers in their first Premiership final. It was a close game, with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions throughout the game. With minutes left on the clock Sarries held a slender one point lead but a last gasp try from Leicester centre Dan Hipkiss gave the Tigers a 33-27 triumph.
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 2011
In a re-match of the final the previous year Saracens secured their first Aviva Premiership trophy, defeating the Tigers 22-18. Yet like the previous year this final had it’s own nail-biting finish. With less than two minutes to play Leicester were in possession and were intent on pushing the Sarries defense to breaking point. It took over thirty phases in the end for Saracens to end the Tigers’ attack before Kelly Brown was able to win the all-important penalty and seal the victory.
Saracens v Northampton Saints 2014
Saracens third Premiership final was another tight affair, decided in the very last moment of the game after extra time had been played for the first time ever in a Premiership final. With the clock at zero and Saracens holding on to a 20-17 lead, Saints prop Alex Waller found himself at the bottom of a pile of bodies and when referee went upstairs for to consult the TMO it was Northampton who eventually emerged as title winners as Waller’s try was given.
Saracens v Bath 2015
After finishing fourth in the regular season Saracens avenged the previous year’s final defeat by beating Northampton in the semi finals to set up a clash with first time finalists Bath. Bath had been the form side that season but were unable to keep up with Saracens on the day as the Men in Black scored three first half tries and a further 18 points from the boot of Owen Farrell. Bath came back in the second half but it was not enough for the West Country side to defeat Saracens who claimed their second Aviva Premiership trophy by 28 points to 16.