Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Leicester win the Premiership over the Saracens thanks to Burns’ last-gasp goal

Leicester took Premiership glory in the most dramatic of circumstances, beating the Saracens 15–12 in the 79th minute thanks to a decisive drop goal from Freddie Burns.

Freddie Burns Is Surrounded By His Leicester Tigers Teammates After His Winning Drop Goal
Freddie Burns is surrounded by his Leicester Tigers teammates after his winning drop goal

Leicester won their ninth Gallagher Premiership title after beating the Saracens 15–12 in a pulsating final at Twickenham.

Freddie Burns’ drop-goal saw Leicester home with 20 seconds of normal time remaining.

The Tigers dashed the Saracens’ hopes of meeting a surprise increase from the salary cap scandal and deportation humiliation to reclaim domestic silverware.

Leicester overcame a first-half loss to injured talisman George Ford in their final appearance before joining sales this summer to end a nine-year wait for title glory.

Attempts by their South African back-row forwards Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese during an eight-minute spell in the second quarter cut Leicester’s victory short.

Saracens scrum-half Aled Davies was off the field for both scores, though he was lucky to avoid a red card, after being sin-binded after a high shoulder-led challenge on Tigers hooker Julian Montoya.

Ford’s replacement Burns added a conversion before his dramatic clinch, while Saracens captain Owen Farrell kicked three penalties and Elliot Daly kicked one.

But the Saracens’ dream of securing a Sixth League crown was achieved only 15 months later when Penzance was ambushed by Cornish Pirates – after demotion for the championship and £5.36 million for repeated salary cap violations. The penalty was extinguished.

Leicester had only avoided relegation two years earlier due to the Sarkens being penalized, yet their revival under head coach Steve Borthwick has been spectacular.

Burns kept his composure in the 78th minute to secure the winning point


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And after finishing at the top after the regular league season, in addition to winning all 12 Premiership home games and a play-off, he performed again when it mattered.

Borthwick threw a surprise in the scrum-half, preferring former Saracens player Richard Wigglesworth for Ben Youngs, while Guy Porter moved to midfield as a replacement for an injured Dan Kelly and Premiership record effort-scorer Chris Ashton also debuted. Of.

The Saracens showed just one change after their play-off win over Harlequin, with Tim Swinson being replaced by Locke Nick Isikway.

Leicester found themselves under immediate pressure, and Farrell scored a fifth-minute penalty after Liebenberg violated it through a challenge on Nick Tompkins.

The Tigers evolved into the game, and they attacked five meters away after a defensive hesitation between Saracens back Davis and Alex Goode.

Leicester celebrate with the Premiership trophy after their stunning win



But Leicester captain Ellis Ganz was penalized for the scandal, and the Saracens headed back upstairs via a Billy Vunipola charge.

Ford missed a chance to level Leicester when he widened his 38-meter penalty chance, and his Tigers farewell ended prematurely, limping after falling awkwardly.

The temperature on the pitch had gone up a notch, and Davies was given the yellow card for his challenge on Montoya, with Leicester immediately penalizing him.

The Leicester back began a thrilling move with Saracens back-pedaling, and Liebenberg passed from close range before Burns converted.

The Saracens needed to regroup, and Daly scored a penalty of 48 metres, making the deficit 7–6.

Heartbroken for Saracens at Twickenham


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But Leicester struck again just before Davies returned, with Wiese scoring after a quick penalty by Ganz and the Tigers leading five points at the interval.

Saracens’ Sean Maitland did not return for the second period, with Alex Lazowski replacing him, while Daly moved from center to wing.

Leicester had full momentum, and continued to put pressure during the third quarter after Burns missed a long-range penalty.

The Saracens’ defense was tested in all areas, yet they managed to keep the Tigers out and are still six points behind in the final 20 minutes.

Farrell’s second-successful penalty put the Saracens back within touching distance and the closing stages proved essentially frantic, with Tigers substitute Matt Scott being yellow-carded for a high challenge on Billy Vunipola, and Farrell’s 76. A th-minute penalty leveled it.

Burns, however, had the final say as the 32-year-old dropped a goal and Leicester could celebrate wildly.

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