Fixtures - Top Bar

Relive the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2013

AvivaPremFinal2013-1

With back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby Final defeats hanging over Leicester Tigers, they kicked the habit and eased to a tenth top-flight title in style in 2013.

Northampton Saints skipper Dylan Hartley saw red on the stroke of half-time for the use of abusive language towards referee Wayne Barnes, with Saints already behind thanks to the kicking of Toby Flood, after Niall Morris and Stephen Myler exchanged early tries.
 
The extra man made all the difference in the second half when Graham Kitchener, Manu Tuilagi, and Vereniki Goneva all touched down as Leicester rounded off a memorable 37-17 victory over their East Midlands rivals.
 
To buy tickets for the 2015 Final with a 20% discount click here 
 
Tigers – previous runners-up in consecutive Aviva Premiership Rugby Finals – were pre-game favourites and stormed out of the blocks, Flood slinging a pass out to Morris to go over in the corner for an early try.
 
Saints then responded with a try for Myler and some enormous hits in the middle of the park, most notably from Courtney Lawes on Flood whose game was ended prematurely as a result.
 
But at 13-5 with half-time looming, England hooker Hartley’s reaction to a penalty decision from a central scrum earned him an early bath – the first ever red card in a Premiership Rugby Final. This gave Leicester the extra man, which ultimately told in the second-half.
 
Northampton battled back valiantly and scores from Ben Foden and Lee Dickson either side of Kitchener’s rampaging break for Leicester kept them in the game at 24-17.
 
The result looked certain when Tuilagi crashed through a weary Tom Wood to score Leicester’s third, before Goneva went over after Ken Pisi’s hopeful pass was picked off just before full time.
 
“It was a bit of a rollercoaster,” said Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill. “We started the game really well, scored a good try and then obviously we were a bit sloppy, let them back in and then it was really tight.
 
“In the second half we just didn't control the ball well enough in the early parts.
 
“They scored a good try, even with a winger down, so credit to Saints. They played really well, they took us to the line but eventually we wore them out.
 
“To get this far and not to win it is an opportunity missed so thankfully this year, third time lucky, it's done.
 
“You don't want blokes getting sent off. People say things in the heat of the moment but, to be fair to Saints, it didn't affect them particularly.”

 
Leicester Tigers 37 Northampton Saints 17

Leicester Tigers: Tait, Morris, Tuilagi, Allen, Goneva (Smith 74), Flood (Ford 23), B Youngs (Harrison 74), Mulipola (Balmain 74), T Youngs (Hawkins 67), Cole (Castrogiovanni 67), Kitchener (Slater 55), Parling, Croft, Salvi, Crane (Mafi 72)

Northampton Saints: Foden (G Pisi 67), K Pisi, Wilson, Burrell, Elliott (Haywood 40), Myler (Roberts 67), Dickson (Lamb 67), Tonga'uiha (Waller 55), Hartley, Mujati (Mercey 56), Lawes, Day (Van Velze 60), Dowson (Nutley 67), Wood, Manoa
 
Leicester Tigers
Tries: Morris, Kitchener, Tuilagi, Goneva
Conversions: Flood
Penalties: Flood, Ford 4
 
Northampton Saints
Tries: Myler, Foden, Dickson
Conversions: Myler
 
Attendance: 81,703

Referee: Wayne Barnes
 

Latest News

Max Clark the centre of attention at Bath Rugby

Back in September – just when Bath Rugby were beginning to count on him in the centres – an ill-timed…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Seven tries success for Exeter Braves over Bath United

Exeter Braves’ Shaun Malton and Levi Davis of Bath United became the first opponents since 2005 to both score hat-tricks…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Worcester Warriors capture Samoa lock Chris Vui

Warriors have completed the signing of versatile Samoa forward Chris Vui till the end of the season. For everything you…

Chris Vui

Wallabies lock Will Skelton joins Saracens

Australian international forward Will Skelton has joined Saracens on a short-term deal. For everything you need to know about Saracens…

Will Skelton

Rowe hails ‘fantastic’ year for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, heralded a “fantastic” past year – on and off the…

Exeter Chiefs celebrate

Dan Tuohy joins Bristol Rugby with immediate effect

Dan Tuohy has penned a deal with Bristol Rugby to make the switch to Aviva Premiership Rugby with immediate effect.…

Dan Tuohy

Ally Hogg, Cooper Vuna, Aaron Morris, Lachlan Turner, Bryce Heem and Dan Robson head the Opta Rugby Rankings

Attacks dominated as Newcastle Falcons claimed a dramatic win over Harlequins this weekend in Premiership Rugby but Ally Hogg starred…

allyhogg16sb1111

Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library