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Saracens 9 Leicester Tigers 9

15 Sep 2012
Saracens 9 Leicester Tigers 9

Replacement Charlie Hodgson rescued a share of the points for Saracens as they fought back to claim a draw at Wembley – but it might have been so much more for the former England fly-half.

Hodgson joined the Aviva Premiership fray early in the second half after Owen Farrell was withdrawn having missed four of his five kicks at goal.

Sarries were trailing 9-3 when Hodgson arrived after current Red Rose No.10 Toby Flood slotted three first-half penalties.

The former Sale man quickly restored parity with two penalties however the joy over those successful kicks was tempered by an off-target drop goal with just four minutes left on the clock that could have won it.

You would have thought Leicester were the side playing at home for the way they stormed out of the blocks, Flood registering points twice in the first six minutes with the boot as Saracens struggled to get out of their own half.

Tigers were dealt a blow when skipper Geordan Murphy was forced to withdraw after 15 minutes, but Farrell was unable to take advantage – firing wide with two kicks in quick succession.

Flood extended the lead to nine with another penalty on the half-hour mark after Mouritz Botha was offside.

While it was three out of three for Flood his opposite number Farrell missed at the other end from a tricky angle, but made slight amends immediately afterwards with a well-struck 35th-minute effort to open Sarries’ account.

The hosts finished the half strongly, moving through the phases efficiently but were unable to make it count on the scoreboard – unable to break through Leicester’s stubborn defence before Farrell fired another penalty wide on the stroke of half-time.

It was a scrappy start to the second half but Saracens pulled themselves level before the hour mark thanks to the boot of replacement Hodgson, firing through the posts in the 54th and 58th minutes after breakdown infringements from Steve Mafi and Julian Salvi.

It was a nervy end to the game with neither side taking the initiative, but both sides had one final chance to steal victory in the closing stages.

With four minutes remaining Hodgson fired wide from a drop goal under the posts after Leicester had defended valiantly on their try line, before Flood was off target with an attempt of his own and the points were shared.

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