Planet Rugby

Leicester

Leicester

Tigers march into final

12th May 2012 17:06

Share:

SKY_MOBILE alesana tuilagi leicester v saracens premiership semi-final

First try: Alesana Tuilagi

Leicester outscored Saracens two tries to none to claim a place in the Aviva Premiership Final with a 24-15 win at Welford Road on Saturday.

Tigers will now face Harlequins, who earlier beat Northampton, in the Twickenham final on 26 May.

It was the first game between these two at Welford Road since the visitors' famous 50-25 thrashing of the Tigers in September 2011.

But this match was unsurprisingly an altogether tighter affair with Leicester taking a 13-12 lead at half-time through a converted Alesana Tuilagi touchdown and two George Ford penalties.

Owen Farrell kicked all of Sarries' first-half points, but Leicester edged their way to victory in the second 40 through Steve Mafi's try and two more Ford kicks, despite Farrell briefly cutting the gap.

Toby Flood pulled out before kick-off and Ford came in as his replacement. Julian Salvi was also ruled out and there was an air of uncertainty about Leicester's game early on.

Saracens initially dominated and deservedly went three points in front through the boot of Farrell. The hosts' fly-half levelled the scores before David Strettle crossed the whitewash, only to knock-on over the line. It was to prove costly.

Although the visiting centre added another three-pointer, Leicester took the lead when Ford's beautifully timed pass sent the elder Tuilagi clear.

Despite that setback, the visitors continued to control territory, and Farrell reduced the deficit to one point. The England international added a fourth from the tee, but Ford responded.

Unlike the opening period, the hosts dominated the initial stages of the second half and scored a second touchdown through Mafi, with another move instigated by fly-half Ford.

Ford and Farrell then traded penalties as Leicester led by six points before the home side's number ten sealed the victory with his fourth three-pointer, booking their spot in the final.

The scorers:

For Leicester:
Tries: A Tuilagi, Mafi
Con: Ford
Pens: Ford 4

For Saracens:
Pens: Farrell 5

Leicester: 15 Geordan Murphy (capt), 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Craig Newby, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 George Skivington, 3 Dan Cole, 2 George Chuter, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Logovi'i Mulipola, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Ben Woods, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Scott Hamilton.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 David Strettle, 13 Owen Farrell, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (capt), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 John Smit, 18 Carlos Nieto, 19 Hugh Vyvyan, 20 George Kruis, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Adam Powell, 23 James Short.

Referee: Dave Pearson

  • Leicester Tigers Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , October 4
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Friday , October 10
Leicester vs Harlequins19:45
Sunday , November 16
Leicester vs Saracens13:00
Sunday , November 23
London Welsh vs Leicester15:15
Saturday , November 29
Leicester vs Wasps15:00
Saturday , December 20
Northampton vs Leicester15:00
Saturday , December 27
Sale vs Leicester14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 18
Leicester vs Ulster19:45
Saturday , October 25
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Saturday , December 6
Leicester vs ToulonTBC
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
  • Leicester Tigers Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saturday , September 20
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
Saturday , September 13
Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester
Saturday , September 6
Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
6London Irish411
7Gloucester410
8Leicester Tigers410
9Harlequins48
10Sale Sharks47