LEICS
No.Name
15Mathew Tait, FB
T
14Adam Thompstone, W
13Manu Tuilagi, C
12Matt To'omua, C
11Jonny May, W
10George Ford, FH
9Ben Youngs, SH
1Logovi'i Mulipola, P
2Tom Youngs, H
3Dan Cole, P
4Michael Fitzgerald, L
5Graham Kitchener, L
6Tino Mapapalangi, FL
7Mike Williams, FL
8Sione Kalamafoni, N8
Replacements
16Tatafu Polota-Nau, R
17Kyle Traynor, R
18Chris Baumann, R
19Harry Wells, R
20Luke Hamilton, R
21Sam Harrison, R
22Joe Ford, R
23Nick Malouf, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium
10:00 AM, December 24, 2017
Capacity: 24,000

Match Commentary

81'17-29 End of second half
80'Saracens are able to run down the clock before Farrell boots the ball out to confirm their first win in eight. Leicester showed what they are capable of in patches but their visitors fully deserved their victory.
80'Saracens are able to run down the clock before Farrell boots the ball out to confirm their first win in eight. Leicester showed what they are capable of in patches but their visitors fully deserved their victory.
79'Farrell is charged down, but as Leicester players swarm over the ball the whistle goes for a previous advantage. Boos ring around Welford Road.
77'A mistake from Ben Youngs, as he tries to quick-tap a free kick but uses his knee rather than his foot gives Saracens the put in and ensure the visitors can eventually clear their lines following some incessant Leicester pressure.
75'Substitute on - Richard Barrington , Saracens
75'Player substituted - Chris Wyles , Saracens
74'Leicester set the drive from the lineout, and think they are over -- first through Ben Youngs and then Luke Hamilton, but the ball is held up.
73'Vunipola shown yellow. Another scrum penalty against Vunipola and both sides will finish with 14 men.
73'Yellow card - Mako Vunipola , Saracens
70'17-29 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
69'May is off. The England wing is shown a second yellow card for a second deliberate knock on, and is subsequently shown red.
69'Farrell lifts a lovely ball into the corner that Michael Rhodes chases after. May diverts his offload. Was that a deliberate knock on? We're going upstairs..
69'Red card - Jonny May , Leicester Tigers
68'Substitute on - Christopher Tolofua , Saracens
68'Player substituted - Jamie George , Saracens
66'Another drop goal attempt from Saracens, this time Bosch, as their attack loses momentum but it drifts wide.
66'Drop goal-missed
65'Saracens have a scrum five metres out from the Tigers line but Leicester continue to hold the upper hand at the set piece and win the penalty.
63'Saracens build possession towards the Leicester line but a handling error costs them the chance of another try.
63'Player substituted - Mike Williams , Leicester Tigers
63'Substitute on - Luke Hamilton , Leicester Tigers
63'Substitute on - Nick Malouf , Leicester Tigers
63'Player substituted - Mathew Tait , Leicester Tigers
63'Player substituted - Graham Kitchener , Leicester Tigers
63'Substitute on - Harry Wells , Leicester Tigers
62'Player substituted - Tom Youngs , Leicester Tigers
62'Substitute on - Tatafu Polota-Nau , Leicester Tigers
62'Player substituted - Calum Clark , Saracens
62'Substitute on - Michael Rhodes , Saracens
61'17-26 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
58'TRY! Another scrum, another penalty, a penalty try. Tigers right back in this.
58'TRY! Another scrum, another penalty, a penalty try. Tigers right back in this.
58'Player substituted - Will Skelton , Saracens
58'Substitute on - Schalk Burger , Saracens
58'17-23 Penalty try
57'Another scrum penalty as the set piece is wheeling, but Vunipola is not sent to the sin bin. Instead, he is warned that he is on his last chance.
56'Another scrum penalty for Leicester, and although Ben Youngs tried to take it quickly we will have another one.
55'Mako Vunipola concedes the penalty at the scrum, and Leicester elect to keep the pressure on with another one.
53'Clever from Ford. The England fly-half chips over the Sarries defence for May to chase, and Goode and Spencer get in a bit of a muddle as they try to deal with it. Five-metre scrum to the hosts.
51'Farrell takes aim at the posts and nails a drop goal to stretch the Saracens lead still further.
51'10-23 Drop goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
50'Substitute on - Vincent Koch , Saracens
50'Player substituted - Juan Figallo , Saracens
49'Tuilagi knocks on again just as Sione Kalamafoni appears to have made a half-break.
48'10-20 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
46'A high tackle from Mike Fitzgerald gives Farrell another kick at goal. This one a lot closer to the posts than Bosch's.
45'Valentino Mapapalangi pinged for holding onto the ball as he gets isolated at the breakdown. Farrell boots Saracens down towards the corner.
42'It drifts wide and didn't quite have the legs. It didn't look as though he got the best connection on the ball.
42'Matt Toomua is penalised and Bosch will have a long-range shot at goal.
41'We're back underway at Welford Road where Saracens have their nose in front in the battle to break their losing run.
41'10-17 End of first half
40'Leicester claim a defensive lineout inside their own 22 and as time runs out for the half Ford boots the ball out. Ultimately, Saracens deserve their lead by Tait's try has energised Leicester. It should be a cracking second half.
40'10-17 Start of second half
38'Juan Figallo is penalised at the scrum, and that could be a huge penalty for Leicester to win. Conceding so close to half time, having worked so hard to get back into the match would have been a bitter pill to swallow.
36'The sense of anticipation rises as Tuilagi gets the ball with grass in front of him but as he takes contact he loses the ball and Saracens will have a scrum deep in Tigers territory.
35'10-17 Penalty goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
34'Will Skelton penalised at the breakdown and Ford has the chance to narrow Leicester's deficit further.
31'Suddenly Leicester have momentum and as Ford gets the hosts on the front foot the decibel level rises at Welford Road.
31'Suddenly Leicester have momentum and as Ford gets the hosts on the front foot the decibel level rises at Welford Road.
30'7-17 Conversion - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
29'TRY! Following multiple phases Adam Thompstone produces a wonderful pass to allow Mat Tait to score in the right corner.
29'5-17 Try - Mathew Tait , Leicester Tigers
28'A seatbelt tackle from Wyles gives Leicester a penalty and a chance to attack inside the Saracens 22.
26'TRY! Jamie George finds a gap in the middle of the Leicester defence from a pop pass from Owen Farrell. The England man canters over from 22 yards. After consultation with the TMO, the try is awarded.
26'0-17 Conversion - Owen Farrell , Saracens
26'0-15 Try - Jamie George , Saracens
23'May jogs back onto the pitch and Tigers boss Matt O'Connor will be pleased that his side conceded no more than the seven points that arose from the penalty try.
21'Goode is unable to gather a high ball and Leicester attempt to put the Saracens defence under some pressure.
19'Mulipola is penalised at scrum time and from the subsequent lineout, Saracens build towards the Leicester try line again. A couple of poor passes, one from Alex Goode and one from Chris Wyles, cost their side a try.
19'Player substituted - Schalk Burger , Saracens
19'Substitute on - Calum Clark , Saracens
14'Ford again boots it to the corner but the hosts are unable to get their drive moving forward as the visiting pack holds firm.
13'Leicester finally have some possession in the Saracens 22. But as the ball comes off the lineout, Manu Tuilagi slightly mistimes his run and is unable to take Ford's pass. Luckily for the hosts they had a penalty coming.
11'Substitute on - Schalk Burger , Saracens
11'Player substituted - Calum Clark , Saracens
11'Yellow card - Jonny May , Leicester Tigers
11'0-10 Penalty try
10'TRY! Good work from the Saracens pack moves them to within striking distance of the try line and as the ball is shipped out wide, Jonny May gets a hand to Marcelo Bosch's pass to Sean Maitland in the right corner. Yellow card and penalty try.
8'An almighty drive from the Saracens pack at the restart ends in a penalty as Tom Youngs drags it down. The visitors back into Tigers territory.
7'0-3 Penalty goal - Owen Farrell , Saracens
6'Saracens enjoy a spell of possession inside the Leicester 22 and as the pressure builds, Ben Youngs gives away a penalty bang in front of the posts.
4'Jackson Wray has been involved heavily for Saracens in the opening few minutes.
1'George Ford kick us off at Welford Road and following a box kick from Ben Spencer, a good chase puts Saracens on the attack. But a knock on halts their progress.
1'Saracens' injury woes are starting to ease:
1'Saracens arrive at Welford Road on the back of seven successive defeat but Mako Vunipola insists he is excited by the challenge facing the European champions.
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1'Hello and welcome to live coverage of Leicester's Aviva Premiership clash with Saracens at Welford Road.

Both sides limp into this fixture on the back of a run of defeats but there is Test match talent all over the pitch in the Midlands.
1'0-0 Start of first half