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Leicester Tigers 21 Saracens 21

16 Nov 2014
Leicester Tigers 21 Saracens 21

In a back-and-forth kicking match Owen Williams managed to peg Saracens back with a last-gasp penalty to salvage a draw for Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Sarries came into the match with six wins from their opening seven Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and seven penalties from Charlie Hodgson looked to have sealed a win for the London side.

But Williams added his seventh with the last kick of the game to ensure the Tigers came away with two points of their own.

The visitors started brightly, showing good work from the breakdown and probing to find early gaps.

And it was Sarries who got on the board first – picking up a penalty from the scrum 40 metres out that Hodgson coolly slotted between the uprights.

The visitors were reduced to 14 men moments later when Marcelo Bosch was penalised for a tip tackle on Blaine Scully.

The Tigers found themselves with the chance get back on terms after Sarries were penalised for not rolling away but Williams sent his kick wide.

Hodgson could have made Leicester pay a minute later but his long-range effort missed its mark and, despite being a man down, Sarries added another three when Leicester were penalised for offside.

Williams made amends for his earlier miss though and got the home side on the board with a 46 metre penalty before levelling the scores on 29 minutes when the visitors infringed at the scrum.

But, after being pegged back, Sarries earned two penalties in as many minutes to restore their six point advantage.

Williams again had a chance with the boot for Tigers but he screwed his effort from the 22 inexplicably wide before the break.

While Williams was off target at the end of the first he started the second period in a more positive vein – adding a 42 metre penalty off the upright to get Leicester within three.

The kicking game was set to continue and Hodgson slotted over his fifth of the match on 49 minutes before Williams got his fourth a minute later.

Sarries found themselves with good field position and showed their pragmatism as they elected to let Hodgson add to his tally after winning a penalty from the scrum

But heading into the final quarter of the match they managed to once again reduce the deficit and keep the game finely poised thanks to the boot of Williams.

Leicester looked invigorated and their pack drove impressively to get Welford Road roaring and shortly after Williams was on hand to draw the Tigers level for the second time in the match.

The game was balanced on a knife edge and, with six minutes to go, Leicester were penalised for not rolling away – Hodgson was once again on target with a simple kick.

A poor kick from Strettle put Sarries under pressure with time ticking down and gifted Tigers a scrum just outside the visitors’ 22.

And the pressure paid off when they were awarded a penalty from the scrum – Williams keeping his cool to salvage a draw.

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