Collins inspires Northampton Saints to Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl success
Tom Collins scored two tries, including one right at the death, to give Northampton Saints victory in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl Final with a 24-21 success over Leicester Tigers.
Tigers’ Jack Stapley and Saints’ George Furbank exchanged scores in the first half before a mazy run through the heart of the Leicester defence by Tom Collins made it 10-7 to the hosts at half-time.
Tom Ffitch converted his own score to put the Tigers back ahead before Charlie Dockery extended their lead to 21-10 with two minutes remaining at Franklin’s Gardens.
But Saints never-say-die spirit was on full show as Tom Emery got them back in the game before Collins’ second score of the game gave the hosts a dramatic last-minute win.
Hosts Northampton Saints had earlier booked their place in the final with a 28-12 victory over London Irish in front of a vocal home support.
Ollie Sleightholme gave the Saints the lead before Ollie Hassell-Collins levelled things for Irish only for Collins to re-establish the hosts lead before half-time.
George Simpson brought Irish back to within two but the Saints cruised into the final with two second-half tries from Alex Mitchell and Fraser Dingwall much to the delight of the Saints faithful.
Neither Leicester Tigers or Bath Rugby had managed a win on Friday night at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s ahead of their meeting in the second Bowl semi-final.
And it was Bath who led 7-0 at the break thanks to Levi Davis try as he streaked away from the Tigers defence down the left-hand touchline.
Joe Smith added a second score to move Bath 12-0 ahead with a one-handed finish before Stapley and Alex Glashan dotted down for Tigers with Ffitch nailing a touchline conversion.
And Stapley went over for his second try of the game in the final seconds to book Tigers a place in the Bowl with a 19-12 semi-final success.
Northampton Saints 28-12 London Irish
Leicester Tigers 19-12 Bath Rugby
Northampton Saints 24-21 Leicester Tigers