Freddie Burns’ late Leicester drop goal downs Saracens in Premiership final

  • Playoff final: Leicester 15-12 Saracens
  • Decisive drop goal in dying moments decides thriller

It has been a while but the once-mighty Tigers of Leicester are roaring again. Not since 2013 have England’s erstwhile superclub been crowned English domestic champions and the outpouring of joy – and relief – at the final whistle was indicative of the long and winding trek they have had to undertake to regain their old status.

And, when it came, deliverance could scarcely have been sweeter, a last minute drop-goal from replacement stand-off Freddie Burns clinching a contest that bubbled throughout like molten lava. The game had seemed destined for extra-time, with the Tigers down to 14 men, only for Ben Youngs to sweep the ball back to his fly-half almost in front of the posts. The flight of the ball was lowish and flat but over it went and Saracens were sunk.

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