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Leicester Tigers crowned 'Kings of England'

30th May 2010

The 29th May 2010 will be remembered as one of the best games of club rugby experienced in years.

The close of the 2009/10 Guinness Premiership season at a rammed full Twickenham, home of English rugby, was a nail biting sea-sore ride for all playing... and watching!

The Tigers faced an on form Saracens for the 'Kings of England' trophy where in previous weeks Saracens had successfully conquered the fortresses of Leicester Tigers Welford Road & Northampton Saints Franklins Gardens.

Defending Champions, Leicester Tigers, who comfortably beat Bath in the semi finals, had a lot to prove to their midlands army after most fans would say "a disappointing campaign in the European Heineken Cup and the LV Cup competitions this year". Saracens on the other hand was playing for the chance of their first major trophy - not to mention being ‘pumped up’ with all the hype over their South African coach, Venter, being made to watch the game from the comfort of his own home with his son after the tribunal banned him the gates of Twickenham.

The game itself was exceptional and the passion was incredible - both teams were at full strength and held their discipline throughout the game; every player put their bodies on the line playing as if it was their last.  The Tigers appeared the team in control keeping the ball tight with their monstrous pack whereas Saracens running game was so dangerous especially when spread wide allowing the score line to keep in reach for the entire game.

It was a match on par with international rugby and some fans joked by saying "it is England playing South Africa!"

The dying minutes of the match was de-ja-vu with the semi final against Northampton Saints where a late score put them in the lead. Leicester did not make the same mistake as Saints and quickly gathered their composure and immediately regained possession after kickoff to leading to a try that erupted the stadium and lead them to lift the crown once again.

The Guinness Premiership 2009/10 final score was:

Leicester Tigers 33 - 27 Saracens

The League standings before the play-offs were as follows:

1. Leicester Tigers (73)
2. Northampton Saints (71)
3. Saracens (67)
4. Bath (61)



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