Leicester Tigers salvage late draw with Saracens

Owen Williams kicked a last minute penalty to earn Leicester Tigers a 21 all draw against Saracens at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.

Williams and Charlie Hodgson finished with seven penalties each and the two
former champions could not be separated at full time.

Hodgson ensured Saracens went into half-time in the lead by kicking four out
of his five penalty attempts successfully, despite the visitors having a man
in the sin-bin for a period during the first half.

Leicester could not quite capitalise on the advantage but Owen Williams assured
they got some points on the board, kicking two penalties, leaving the score
at 6-12 at the half-time whistle.

Hodgson went on to score another two penalties in the second half but this
time he was out-scored by his fellow fly-half.

Williams had a perfect five out of five record in the second half including
a highly pressurised penalty in the last minute of the game to secure the draw
for his team.

Saracens fly-half Hodgson was the first to kick a penalty in the first half
but his good work was quickly followed by a sin binning for team mate Marcelo
Bosch.

Bosch lifted the legs of Tigers’ Blaine Scully above the horizontal and was
shown a yellow card by referee Tim Wigglesworth.

Saracens weathered the 10-minute period well, allowing Leicester to score only
three points courtesy of a penalty for Williams but Hodgson had already put
another three points over by that time.

With his team clearly on the back foot, Williams scored another penalty to
bring his side level with the visitors as the rain began to pour down but Hodgson
was quick to reply with two more of his own to bring the score to 6-12 at half
time.

Fly-half Williams quickly got the scoring off to a quick start in the second
half but as always, his opposite number Hodgson was right on his toes and once
again extended the visitors lead to six points.

The two players took it in turns to take another 3 points for their teams until
Williams slotted over a further two to bring the teams equal with just over
10 minutes to go.

In the 74th minute, it looked like Leicester’s ill-discipline had cost them
the game when Saracens were awarded another penalty and Hodgson, as expected,
scored from it.

It was a gritty final few minutes, with both teams standing firm in defence
but Saracens just let their guard down in the dying seconds and allowed Leicester
to take a penalty from the scrum.

Only 25 metres out, it was a fairly straightforward kick for Williams and he
nailed the kick to get the 21-21 draw for his Tigers side.

Final Score Leicester Tigers 21 (6) Saracens 21 (12)

Scorers

Leicester Tigers
Tries –
Pen – Williams 7
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Saracens
Tries –
Pen – Hodgson 7
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee:
Tim Wigglesworth (88th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick and Peter Huckle.
TMO: Sean Davey.

Teams

Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Owen Williams, 9 David Mele , 1 Michele Rizzo, 2 Harry Thacker, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Brad Thorn (c), 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Jamie Gibson, 7 Julian Salvi, 8 Jordan Crane

Replacements, 16 Jake Farnworth, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Paul Grant

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