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PREVIEW: Tigers or Sarries for Gallagher Premiership glory?

Table-toppers Leicester Tigers meet second-placed Saracens in the final of the Gallagher Premiership at Twickenham on Saturday with both sides looking to prove a massive point.

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Table-toppers Leicester Tigers meet second-placed Saracens in the final of the Gallagher Premiership at Twickenham on Saturday with both sides looking to prove a massive point.

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Leicester Tigers v Saracens
16h00
Twickenham Stadium

To Win Match (80 mins)
Leicester 2/1 | Draw 20/1 | Saracens 43/100

Leicester

It’s been nine long years since Leicester last contested a Premiership final, which came in a 37-17 win over Saints back in 2013 in what was then their 10th final appearance in a row.

Since those glory days, however, it’s been tough going for the Tigers, who would have suffered relegation in 2020 had it not been for Saracens’ involvement in their much-publicised salary cap scandal.

Former Sarries captain Steve Borthwick took up the head coaching reins at Welford Road ahead of the 2020-21 season and played a massive role in the club’s change of fortunes.

They improved five places to finish sixth in Borthwick’s first season in charge, and now, following a campaign that began with 11-straight victories and ended with 20 victories from 24 games, they are just one more away from a record-extending 11th title.

Thanks to players like Ellis Genge, Jasper Wiese and Julián Montoya, the abrasive Tigers pack have dominated up front this season. The performances of Freddie Steward and newcomer Chris Ashton have lifted the side too, while Eddie Jones reject George Ford, who scored 22-points in the semi-final win over Northampton, has been as classy as ever.

Saracens

Mark McCall’s men have unsurprisingly made a formidable return to the top flight after spending last season in England’s second division. They withstood Harlequins’ tricks to come away with a 34-17 result in their semi-final at the StoneX, thanks largely to a powerhouse display by a battered and bruised Owen Farrell.

This squad is stacked with multiple European and English champions, to say nothing of their international exploits, and they know above anyone how to get a job done. No matter what happens on Saturday, Sarries will never lay down and die.

Verdict: Leicester 2/1

With one win apiece in the regular season and quality all over the park, it’s difficult to see a clear winner in this one. However, considering the incredible campaign they’ve had, coupled with the form of some key men, it’s not a stretch to see Leicester come away with the spoils here.

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