Tigers fans in Twickenham and across Leicestershire roared in union as Leicester lifted the premiership cup after thrashing Northampton Saints 37-17. After last year's surprising cup final defeat against the Harlequins it was a easy ride this year for Tigers fans to watch their side stay in the lead from the opening minutes. The Aviva Premiership Final took place on Saturday afternoon at Twickenham in front of an 82,000 sell-out crowd. Hundreds of those who couldn't make it to the capital watched the exhilarating 80 minutes together at the Welford Road Stadium in Leicester. Among them were friends Graham Brown and Mark Marmoy of Wigston. Graham, 46, said: "This win's been a long time coming. Last year we were beaten by the Harlequins and that was hard to swallow. "I've been to Twickenham and seen two defeats in the finals so I stayed away this time but the atmosphere here has been great." Mark, 56, said: "It was a good competitive game. "The thing with the Tigers is they'll always fight for anything, which is what you want." By half-time Tigers were winning 16-5 and they were handed a bonus when Dylan Hartley of the Northampton Saints was given a red car for abusing the referee, leaving them with 14 men on the field. That didn't stop Northampton scoring the first try of the second half but Tigers had the edge and stayed ahead without any major upsets and despite failing to convert most of their tries. Richard Clancy, 55, of Oadby, said: "It was a really good match and I think Northampton made a real game of it. "We've got to give them a lot of credit, especially playing with 14 men for the second half." Leonie Siddons, 60, of Enderby, said: "I loved the whole game and I was expecting the win - what do you expect when it's the Tigers? "I've been down to Twickenham for wins before and I know the atmosphere down there will be unbelievable." Arun Kamal, 52, of Wigston, said: "I think we clearly deserved to win. "We were the stronger side and we played as a team and we played fast. "I didn't have any doubts once the team had been picked." Among the fans watching at Welford Road was former Tigers Academy player Andy Gates, 23, who trained with members of the squad including Manu Tuilagi and Sam Harrison. He said: "It was absolutely fantastic - especially when Manu scored his try. "It was a phenomenal game and they dominated all the way through without a doubt and we knew they were going to win. "I feel like getting the train to Twickenham right now. "Everyone down there will be ecstatic."