Nov 16, 2014
Saracens held to a draw in Leicester
A last minute dubious penalty from Owen Williams denied Saracens the chance of victory on a wet and windy day at Welford Road.
With the visitors 21-18 ahead after seven penalties from the boot of Charlie Hodgson, referee Tim Wigglesworth adjudged that Saracens had infringed at a penalty on their own 22 – much to the disbelief of the visitors pack with the Tigers eight going backwards.
That gave Williams the chance to level the scores and the Tigers fly half struck the penalty to send both teams home with two points apiece.
Saracens edged the opening half that had more than an element of cat and mouse about it. Charlie Hodgson’s four penalties in the first period gave the visitors a 12-6 lead despite having to endure a 10 minute period when down to 14 men with Marcelo Bosch in the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.
Hodgson’s third penalty of the day was his 500th in Premiership rugby as he was on target with four out of his five attempts in a wet and windy first half at Welford Road. Owen Williams' two kicks had levelled the scores before Hodgson struck twice again to give his team the interval lead.
Williams reduced that lead with the second half just four minutes old with a long range penalty but five minutes later, Hodgson nudged over his fifth kick of the game. However, almost from the restart, Williams made it a three point game once again as the heavy rain began to fall in the Midlands once again.
But it was a six point game once again when the Sarries pack edged forward in the Tigers 22 to win the penalty and Hodgson made it 18-12 with just under an hour played. But the topsy-turvy nature of the game continued with another Williams penalty minutes later.
Williams was on target with a sixth penalty with 12 minutes left on the clock to level the scores.
But more pressure from the visitors and a patient build-up on the Tigers 22 forced another penalty and Hodgson replied with his seventh kick of the match.
But a disputed call from a scrum on the Saracens 22 from referee Tim Wigglesworth gave Williams his chance to level the scores.