Tigers dent Saracens’ hopes

Saracens lost ground at the top of the Aviva Premiership after a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers.

Leicester skipper Geordan Murphy landed a drop-goal with the last play of the game to inflict a rare home defeat on Saracens. The 20-19 reverse was Sarries’ first Premiership home defeat since October 2010.

Saracens were playing catch up after Harlequins held off a late Worcester Warriors charge to record a 16-14 home win on Saturday. The result all-but secured a play-off spot for Harlequins. People looking at the best rugby betting odds should bear this in mind.

Saracens went into their game with Leicester unbeaten in 11 and got off to the perfect start when Ed Slater was sent to the sin bin in the opening minute.

However, Alex Goode failed to make the advantage count with two missed penalties. Toby Flood showed Goode how it was done with two penalties of his own.

Neil de Kock’s converted try put Saracens in front for the first time, but after the two sides exchanged penalties, Flood gave Leicester a two-point lead at the break. A lead wiped out by two Goode penalties early in the second half.

Slater atoned for his earlier error with a try. Flood missed the conversion and Goode looked to have won it for Saracens with a penalty with less than five minutes to go. Murphy kept his cool 26 phases into the final play to send Leicester back into the top four.

Leaders Harlequins were eight points down in the first half of their game against Worcester. They hit back with a Nick Evans penalty and a penalty try, before Evans and Danny Gray traded points in the second half.

The win stretched Quins’ lead at the top to seven points. Saracens will be hoping the defeat to Leicester was just a blip.

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