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Match Report: Saracens 20 Leicester Tigers 28

25 Feb 2018
Match Report: Saracens 20 Leicester Tigers 28

Telusa Veainu’s fine solo try helped Leicester Tigers claim a bonus point 28-20 win over Saracens as the hosts missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Manu Tuilagi and Greg Bateman both went over to give Tigers the lead with Veainu’s powerful run ensuring the visitors led 21-6 at the break.

Jonah Holmes added the bonus point score on 64 minutes but there was still time for replacement Max Malins to get two late tries for Saracens.

The Tigers ended a run of seven straight away losses in all tournaments and secured their first league win over Saracens since March 2016.

Leicester opened the scoring on seven minutes as Tuilagi burst through from behind ruck to to dot down his third try of the season.

Fly-half Matt Toomua added the extras with Saracens replying through a Ben Spencer penalty.

Greg Bateman then spotted a gap at the ruck and sped away from the Saracens defence for the Tigers’ second try on 33 minutes.

Spencer again reduced the deficit but Veainu then collected a Toomua offload before charging away from the Saracens defence to score.

Nathan Earle twice thought went close for Saracens after half-time only for the TMO to twice rule out the score as the winger dropped the ball.

And Tigers secured the bonus point when Tuilagi capitalised on a Saracens mistake to send Holmes away with Toomua knocking over his fourth conversion.

Malins danced through the Tigers defence for a consolation score on 69 minutes with Alex Lozowski adding the extras before Michele Rizzo was shown a yellow card.

And the Saracens replacement repeated the trick in the final minute but Saracens ran out of time to secure the losing bonus point.

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