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Murphy snatches Saracens victory for Leicester


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Article Published: Sunday 19 February 2012


Geordan Murphy snatched victory for Leicester Tigers with a drop goal almost four minutes into extra time for a 19-20 victory over Saracens at Vicarage Road in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.

Saracens had not lost at Vicarage Road in the Aviva Premiership since Exeter Chiefs visited on the 30th of October 2010.

Saracens and Leicester have contested the last two nail biting Premiership finals and this match was no different as as it went down to the wire with Leicester pressing hard at Saracens well into extra time.

With five minutes left on the clock Alex Goode kicked a penalty for Saracens that looked like it would win the match but Leicester worked the ball steadily towards the Saracens line and after almost four minutes of injury time Geordan Murphy signalled to Toby Flood he wanted the drop goal and sent it just over the crossbar.

The result ends a four match losing streak against Saracens for Leicester and also ends an 11 match winning streak for Saracens.

After Goode missed two penalty attempts inside the opening 10 minutes the first points of the game came from the boot of Toby Flood.

His penalty goals after 11 and 26 minutes gave Leicester a 6-0 lead, although the visitors' cause wasn't helped when Ed Slater was dispatched to the sin-bin.

Saracens were unable to make the most of the numerical advantage, but they were in front ten minutes before half-time.

Saracens scrum-half Neil de Kock was the man to get the hosts off the mark and, after his try had been rubber-stamped by the video referee, Alex Goode's conversion gave them the lead.

But the lead lasted less than five minutes, as Flood's third penalty of the afternoon gave Leicester the advantage for a second time.

The two sides exchanged further penalties before half-time, making it 10-12 to the Tigers at the interval.

Saracens enjoyed the lion's share off pressure following the restart, with two Goode penalties overturning the two-point deficit and putting the hosts four in front.

But Slater's unconverted try on 64 minutes put Leicester a point to the good and set up a grandstand finish.

Saracens thought they'd won it when Goode pinged over his fourth penalty of the afternoon, but Murphy's drop-goal from in front of the posts broke the home supporters' hearts and sealed the win.

The defeat dents Saracens hopes of catching pace-setters Harlequins at the top of the table, while the win for Leicester sees them gain ground on third-placed Northampton.

George Chuter won Aviva Premiership man of the match.

Final Score Saracens 19 (10) Leicester 20 (12)

Scorers

Saracens
Tries: de Kock
Penalties: Goode 4
Conversions: Goode

Leicester Tigers
Tries: Slater
Penalties: Flood 4
Drop Goal : G Murphy

Referee: Andrew Small (65th Premiership game)

Teams

Saracens

15 Alex Goode , 14 Duncan Taylor , 13 Chris Wyles , 12 Adam Powell , 11 James Short , 10 Nils Mordt , 9 Neil de Kock , 1 John Smit (c) , 2 Schalk Brits , 3 Carlos Nieto , 4 George Kruis , 5 Hayden Smith , 6 Justin Melck , 7 Andy Saull , 8 Jackson Wray

16 Jamie George , 17 Rhys Gill , 18 Matt Stevens , 19 Hugh Vyvyan , 20 Will Fraser , 21 Ben Spencer , 22 Joel Tomkins , 23 Michael Tagicakibau

Leicester Tigers : 15 Geordan Murphy (c) , 14 Horacio Agulla , 13 Manu Tuilagi , 12 Anthony Allen , 11 Matt Smith , 10 Toby Flood , 9 James Grindal , 1 Marcos Ayerza , 2 George Chuter , 3 Logoviii Mulipola , 4 Ed Slater , 5 George Skivington , 6 Steve Mafi , 7 Julian Salvi , 8 Thomas Waldrom

Replacements , 16 Rob Hawkins , 17 Boris Stankovich , 18 Ryan Bower , 19 Graham Kitchener , 20 Craig Newby , 21 Scott Steele , 22 George Ford , 23 Scott Hamilton

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16
13
0
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Bath Rugby
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10
0
5
47
3
Saracens
15
9
1
5
44
4
Exeter Chiefs
15
9
0
6
44
             
5
Sale Sharks
15
9
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6
43
6
Leicester Tigers
15
9
1
5
43
7
Wasps
15
8
1
6
43
8
Gloucester Rugby
15
7
0
8
35
9
Harlequins
16
7
0
9
35
10
Newcastle Falcons
15
4
1
10
23
11
London Irish
15
4
0
11
23
12
London Welsh
15
0
0
15
1
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