Saracens move to second with Leicester victory

Saracens moved up to second place in the Aviva Premiership by beating Leicester Tigers 22-6 at Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts went into half-time just in front of their visitors courtesy of a late try from number eight Billy Vunipola.

Leicester were only a point behind in the first-half after two penalties for Freddie Burns, meaning they were trailing by just 7-6 at the half-time whistle.

The home side scored two further tries in the second-half via Marcelo Bosch and Chris Wyles and there was a penalty for Charlie Hodgson to secure them the win. Leicester failed to score any further points and were convincingly beaten 22-6.

Burns opened with a successful penalty kick after just three minutes of the first-half had been played. The fly-half was in again on ten minutes with Saracens unable to reply after unsuccessful attempts by both Bosch and Alex Goode.

However they were given a lifeline when Tom Youngs was shown a yellow card on 36 minutes for a tackle off the ball. With the man advantage, Vunipola showed his strength by swivelling past the defence and reaching out to touch down over the line on 39 minutes, giving his team the 7-6 lead at half-time.

Just a minute into the second half, Saracens took advantage of the numerical advantage once again and a series of passes out wide found Bosch who dived straight over the line to score.

Minutes later, the Leicester defence were once again sucked in and Wyles was able to crash over in the corner.

Hodgson then added the penalty before the Tigers saw Niki Goneva sent to the sin-bin, putting an end to an all-round bad afternoon for the visitors, who lost 22-6.

Final Score Saracens 22 (7) Leicester Tigers 6 (6)


Tries – B Vunipola, M Bosch, C Wyles
Pen – C Hodgson
Con – M Bosch, C Hodgson
Drop –
Cards –

Leicester Tigers
Tries –
Pen – F Burns (2)
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee :Matthew Carley (28th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank and Robin Goodliffe
TMO: David Grashoff.



15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Alistair Hargreaves (c), 4 George Kruis, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 James Johnston, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Ernst Joubert, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 David Strettle.


15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs (c), 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Sebastian De Chaves, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.

Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Adam Thompstone.

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