Tom Collins scored two tries, including one right at the death, to give Northampton Saints victory in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl Final with a 24-21 success over Leicester Tigers.
Tigers’ Jack Stapley and Saints’ George Furbank exchanged scores in the first half before a mazy run through the heart of the Leicester defence by Tom Collins made it 10-7 to the hosts at half-time.
Tom Ffitch converted his own score to put the Tigers back ahead before Charlie Dockery extended their lead to 21-10 with two minutes remaining at Franklin’s Gardens.
But Saints never-say-die spirit was on full show as Tom Emery got them back in the game before Collins’ second score of the game gave the hosts a dramatic last-minute win.
Hosts Northampton Saints had earlier booked their place in the final with a 28-12 victory over London Irish in front of a vocal home support.
Ollie Sleightholme gave the Saints the lead before Ollie Hassell-Collins levelled things for Irish only for Collins to re-establish the hosts lead before half-time.
George Simpson brought Irish back to within two but the Saints cruised into the final with two second-half tries from Alex Mitchell and Fraser Dingwall much to the delight of the Saints faithful.
Neither Leicester Tigers or Bath Rugby had managed a win on Friday night at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s ahead of their meeting in the second Bowl semi-final.
And it was Bath who led 7-0 at the break thanks to Levi Davis try as he streaked away from the Tigers defence down the left-hand touchline.
Joe Smith added a second score to move Bath 12-0 ahead with a one-handed finish before Stapley and Alex Glashan dotted down for Tigers with Ffitch nailing a touchline conversion.
And Stapley went over for his second try of the game in the final seconds to book Tigers a place in the Bowl with a 19-12 semi-final success.
Northampton Saints 28-12 London Irish
Leicester Tigers 19-12 Bath Rugby
Northampton Saints 24-21 Leicester Tigers