Freddie Burns’ late goal sees Leicester celebrate their 11th Premier League title

Leicester won their 11th Gallagher Premier League title after defeating the Saracens 15–12 in a throbbing final at Twickenham.

A Reddy Burns goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation allowed Leicester to return home.

The hopes of the Saracens to complete the staggering rise after the salary cap scandal and the humiliation of relegation to regain home silver have been dashed by snarling tigers.

Leicester got over a first-half loss to injured talisman George Ford in their final appearance before joining Sale this summer to end a nine-year wait for title glory.

Their South African back-court strikers Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese for eight minutes in the second quarter sealed Leicester’s win.

Saracens scrum halfback Aled Davies was out of bounds for both points after being ruled out due to a high shoulder on Tigers prostitute Juliana Montoya, though he was lucky to avoid a red card.

Ford replacement Burns added a conversion ahead of his dramatic takeout, while Saracen skipper Owen Farrell converted three penalties and Elliot Daley one.


Freddie Burns’ drop goal with 20 seconds left sends Leicester home. (Mike Egerton/Pennsylvania)

But the Saracens’ dream of a sixth league crown was secured just 15 months after they were ambushed by the Cornish Pirates in Penzance – after being relegated and fined £5.36m for repeated violations of the wage cap – was extinguished.

Leicester avoided relegation just two years ago due to punishment from the Saracens, but their resurgence under head coach Steve Borthwick has been spectacular.

And after finishing top of the league regular season, in addition to winning all 12 Premier League home games plus the play-offs, they have been successful again when it mattered.

Borthwick provided a surprise in the half of the scrimmage by opting for former Saracens player Richard Wigglesworth over Ben Youngs, while Guy Porter moved to midfield as a replacement for the injured Dan Kelly and Premier League try-setter Chris Ashton also started.

The Saracens showed just one change since their playoff win over the Harlequins: Nick Isiekwe replaced Tim Swinson.

Leicester came under immediate pressure and Farrell took a penalty in the fifth minute after Liebenberg fouled by challenging Nick Tompkins.

The Tigers jumped into the game and achieved a five-meter scrimmage attack due to defensive indecision between Saracens defensemen Davis and Alex Good.

But Leicester captain Ellis Genge was penalized for failing the fight, and the Saracens retreated onto the field thanks to an attack by Billy Vunipola.


Jasper Wiese (center) replaced Leicester five minutes before half time (Mike Egerton/PA)

Ford missed a chance to level up at Leicester as he drifted from a 38m free-kick and his goodbye to the Tigers ended prematurely when he fell awkwardly.

Temperatures soared on the pitch and Davies received a yellow card for calling Montoya, with Leicester immediately penalizing them.

The Leicester defenders launched a thrilling move which the Saracens retreated from and Liebenberg fired a cross from close range before Burns converted.


Saracen defenses have been tested in all areas (Tim Goode/Pennsylvania)

The Saracens needed to regroup and Daley converted a 48m penalty to close the gap to 7-6.

But Leicester struck again just before Davies returned and Wiese scored a goal after Genge converted a quick penalty with the Tigers leading by five points at half-time.

Sean Maitland of the Saracens did not return for the second period, being replaced by Alex Lozowski, while Daly moved from center to wing.

Leicester had all the momentum and were under relentless pressure midway through the third quarter after Burns missed a long-range penalty.

The Saracens’ defense was tested in all areas, but they managed to hold off the Tigers and were still six points behind in the last 20 minutes.

Farrell’s second successful penalty put the Saracens back within touchdown distance and the final stages inevitably proved insane, with Tigers’ substitution Matt Scott being booked for a serious challenge to Billy Vunipole, while Farrell’s penalty in the 76th minute equalized.

However, Burns had the final say as the 32-year-old scored a goal and Leicester could have celebrated wildly.