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Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 21 Saracens 21

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 21 Saracens 21

After Saracens were denied a win with the last kick of the game, director of rugby Mark McCall bemoaned his side’s indiscipline against Leicester Tigers.

Seven penalties from Charlie Hodgson had given Sarries a three point lead in their Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with less than a minute remaining.

But a last-gasp effort from Owen Williams – also adding his seventh of the match – helped the Tigers pick up two points at Welford Road.

And McCall believes his side should never have put themselves in a position where they would give up their advantage.

“I think our own discipline throughout the match wasn’t good enough,” he said.

“It was a tight game and obviously we had a six point lead and let them back into it with some poor discipline on our side.

“We should never have put ourselves in a position where we were relying on a call like that at the end. It’s a game that we should have won albeit it was a close one.

“The conditions were difficult for both teams and it was a bit of an arm wrestle today.

“Every time we got six points up we would shoot ourselves in the foot by letting them back into the match.”

Leicester were always on the chase at Welford Road, with Hodgson on hand to keep last year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists ahead.

But the boot of Williams meant the Tigers never let Sarries out of their sight and were constantly able to claw their way back into contention.

And, after managing to avoid defeat, director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes his team got their reward for an admirable performance.

“There wasn’t a lot of rugby was there? There was a lot of kicking and a lot of chasing,” said Cockerill.

“There was a lot of commitment from both sides and the draw was probably a fair result.

“We’ll take it and there’s some lessons we’ll learn from it – we didn’t cope with the conditions as well as Sarries.

“To never be in front to be back in the game but not let them get away and squeeze the life out of us was pleasing. In the conditions it was better without the ball than with it.

“Owen (Williams) is learning his trade and Charlie (Hodgson) probably showed him how to do it in the weather.
“We’ll be better for it but our control in the game should have been a little bit better.”

Leicester Tigers: Tait; Scully (Bell 40), Smith, Allen, Benjamin; Williams, Mele; Crane, Salvi, Gibson, Kitchener, Thorn, Cole (Balmain 65), Thacker, Rizzo
 
Not Used: Farnworth, Bristow, De Chaves, Grant, Tresidder, Burns,
 
Saracens: Goode: Ashton, Bosch (Taylor 57), Wyles, Strettle, Hodgson; Wigglesworth, Wray; Burger (Fraser 60), Brown, Hargreaves, Botha (Hamilton 57), Figallo, George, Barrington (Gill 69)
 
Not Used: Sharman, Du Plessis, Spencer, Ransom
 
Leicester Tigers
Penalties: Williams 7
 
Saracens
Penalties: Hodgson 7
 
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Attendance: 21, 680

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