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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

Preview: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

The last seven matches between the two clubs have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst the Saints’ only victory at Welford Road since 2003 was 10-9 on 24 February 2007.

Leicester Tigers ended the regular Premiership season on top of the table for a third successive year and have qualified for a home semi-final for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The only opposing team to win a Premiership game at Welford Road since September 2008 is Saracens (twice). The Tigers have won their last nine semi-final encounters in all competitions.

Northampton Saints are making a fourth appearance in the Premiership semi-finals but they have yet to gain a victory at this stage. The Saints have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions. Northampton have won three of their last four semi-final encounters in all competitions.

The two great East Midlands rivals have clashed in two previous semi-final matches, both at Welford Road, and both resulting in Tigers victories: 28-6 in the Pilkington Cup in 1993, and 17-13 in the Zurich Championship in 2001.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (95th Premiership game)

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