Freddie Burns put in an inspiring display as Leicester Tigers booked their spot in next week’s Anglo-Welsh Cup final with a comfortable victory away at Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens.
The fly-half scored a try, kicked three conversions and two penalties in the win – while there were further tries for George Worth, Luke Hamilton and Ellis Genge.
Saracens threatened a second-half comeback when Matt Gallagher scored in the corner, but the Tigers – who had led 17-5 at the break – closed the game out.
They will now face Exeter Chiefs or Harlequins in the final, they play in the second semi-final on Sunday.
Tigers boss Aaron Mauger will be delighted with how his young charges performed at Allianz Park – one of the most daunting grounds in England.
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They attacked with vigour from the off and found success immediately as Burns sent a long, high kick up in the air and Worth capitalised and he reached it first to dot down after eight minutes.
Burns almost extended the lead with a 45-metre penalty, but he struck the post.
However, 13 minutes before the break he did not make the same mistake as he booted it comfortably through the posts.
But Saracens responded like champions do as scrum-half Henry Taylor dotted down after a powerful break forward from Joel Conlon.
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However, Leicester’s experience showed as they extended their advantage before the break through Hamilton – who benefited from Harry Thacker’s break to surge through and score.
And they took full control straight after the break as JP Pietersen made a menace of himself down the wing and Genge forced his way over.
Saracens threatened a comeback when Gallagher broke through to score in the corner, but Burns had the final say as he intercepted a lose pass in his own 22 and broke through to score to confirm victory.
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