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Leicester Tigers 15-12 Saracens: Last-minute Freddie Burns drop goal clinches Gallagher Premiership title

Back-row duo Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese score tries, with replacement fly-half Freddie Burns – on for the injured George Ford – adding a conversion and late drop-goal; Saracens scored through four Owen Farrell penalties, levelling the final from 12-3 behind with four minutes left

Last Updated: 18/06/22 5:08pm

Freddie Burns celebrates kicking his final-winning drop goal

Freddie Burns’ last-minute drop goal sealed Leicester Tigers a first Premiership title for nine years as they overcame Saracens 15-12 in dramatic fashion at Twickenham.

Having scored the only tries of the final through blindside flanker Hanro Liebenberg and No 8 Jasper Wiese, Leicester should have scored further points before being pegged back by the boot of Owen Farrell, who levelled the final with four minutes to play at 12-12.

Tigers lost talismanic playmaker George Ford to an ankle injury just 24 minutes in, but they stuck to their task to claim a much-deserved victory late on, with replacement Burns to the fore.

Saracens were fortunate not to recieve a first-half red card too, as scrum-half Aled Davies was shown yellow by Wayne Barnes despite his shoulder connecting with the head of Tigers hooker Julian Montoya.

Tigers lost a man to the bin too, as replacement centre Matt Scott was also fortunate to avoid red for making contact with the head of Billy Vunipola in an incident just prior to Sarries levelling the game late on.

It left Leicester with 14 men for the closing stages, but they created one final chance to claim a first Premiership title since 2013.

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