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Tigers triumph in game full of drama


Leicester Tigers named an unchanged side for Saturday's final as they went in search of their 10th Aviva Premiership title.

Here is how the action unfolded.

3min: PENALTY 3-0 Tigers have the first chance to get some points. Toby Flood takes his time before striking the ball cleanly over the posts.

8min: TRY 10-0 Excellent work from Toby Flood as his inside pass to Niki Goneva sees the winger break through the Saints line. The ball is recycled and Flood makes another break before looping a delightful pass over to Niall Morris, who is in acres of space on the right and he strolls over the line. Flood makes no mistake with his kick.

16min: TRY 10-5 Saints are awarded a penalty just inside the Tigers half. They take it quickly through Jamie Elliott and catch Tigers cold. He draws his man, spins the ball out left to Stephen Myler who gets over in the left corner. His conversion drifts wide.

23min: Flood is out cold after being caught by a late tackle from Courtney Lawes. The Tigers fly-half had already made his pass when he got taken out and it looks as if his head struck Dan Cole's knee on the way down.

25min: Flood eventually gets to his feet but he is all over the place and it is Ben Youngs who will take the penalty from the 10m line. His kick finishes a good distance wide.

30min: Flood is unable to continue and leaves to field to be replaced by George Ford.

32min: PENALTY 13-5 Great break from Mathew Tait sees him charge out of his own half and deep into the Saints 22 and Tigers are awarded a penalty at the breakdown. New fly-half Ford knocks the ball over the posts.

35min: Tigers defence is left wide open as George Pisi finds Jamie Elliott, who releases the ball back inside to Ben Foden before he is taken into touch and he dives over the line. Referee Wayne Barnes checks with his TMO and, after a lengthy viewing, Foden is deemed to have been in touch before he grounded the ball. No try.

40min: RED CARD Huge, huge drama at Twickenham as Saints captain Dylan Hartley is shown a straight red card. Tigers were awarded a penalty following a scrum in front of the Saints posts and Hartley is alleged to have called Barnes a "******* cheat" and is sent off.

40min: PENALTY 16-5 Despite the crazy scenes, there is still a game going on and Ford knocks the penalty over.

H-T: Tigers 16 Saints 5

44min: TRY 16-10 It is definitely not the start to the half Tigers wanted as 14-man Saints get off to a flyer. Foden was left with a free passage to the corner. Myler misses the conversion.

48min: TRY 21-10 Great response from Tigers to hit straight back. Brilliant work from Ben Youngs, who dived on the loose ball as it was fumbled out the back of the scrum. The ball finds Graham Kitchener, who has an overlap to his right, but the lock shows off his footwork to cut inside, beat his man, and dive over the line. Ford is off-target again with his kick.

56min: PENALTY 24-10 Tigers butcher an easy chance to put another try on the board when Ford makes a brilliant break to the 5m line but they can't take advantage. The play is brought back for a late tackle earlier in the play. Ford miskicks but somehow it hits the post and goes over.

57min: TRY 24-17 Foden again is at the heart of the Saints action as he skips his way past tackle after tackle, before offloading to Lee Dickson on the 5m line who dives over. The conversion is a simple one and there are only seven points in it now.

68min: TRY 29-17 Manu Tuilagi smashes his way through a tackle more than 30 metres out and charges home to give Tigers their third try of the afternoon. Ford misses yet another conversion.

74min: TRY 34-17 Steve Mafi has been on the field less than 30 seconds and he has all but put the game to bed with his first touch as he intercepts a high ball, sprints towards the line, before off-loading to Goneva who dives over.

80min: PENALTY 37-17 A final kick from Ford from inside the Saints half finishes the game off in style as Tigers go to the final whistle with a 20-point lead to secure the Premiership trophy and confirm themselves as England's best.

F-T: Tigers 37 Saints 17

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