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Rupert Wyman 27th May 2011 - 10:20

Feel the Tiger's roar at Twickenham

The Saracens take on the Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.  The Saracens set up another Tigers Twickenham showdown by beating Gloucester in their semi-final.  Owen Farrell kept his nerve to kick Saracens to victory.

Sarries (11/8) will be desperate to avenge their defeat to the Tigers (8/15) after being beaten by a last-minute Dan Hipkiss try in the final twelve months ago. Leicester 's semi-final will be remembered for Manu Tuilagi punching the Northampton wing Chris Ashton just before half time.

The Tigers look like they will take some stopping again this year.  They secured the regular season top-spot and they will grow into this game.

Saracens have the squad and the ability to start off the best and they can win the race to ten points at 6/5. Sarries may win the early exchanges but as the game furthers Leicester can impose themselves like they did in their semi-final win.

There will be plenty of backers of Saracens after their exploits this season. They achieved the league double over the Tigers, both narrow victories and they are 11/8. In front of a bumper crowd at Leicester in March, the Saracens landed an epic 15-14 victory.

You can back Saracens plus three at 10/11 on the 80 minute handicap for the Grand Final and Leicester will need to take their chances this time against Saracens. Twelvetrees missed a last gasp penalty for Leicester who could be hampered in the final because they are without the influential suspended Manu Tuilagi.

He scored a magnificent try and he will probably be replaced by Billy Twelvetrees.  The Saracens are also on a twelve game winning streak stretching back to January and they have become a very tight unit.

They will frustrate Leicester scrimmaging and in defence, if the Saracens win it will be a close affair,  it would be by a small score line and 1-5 points looks the correct margin at 9/2.

If Leicester are on-form, they can score the last try at 8/11. Alesana Tuilagi is a very fast and tricky winger and Manu's brother can attack a deflated and tired Saracens defence and he is very hard to stop.

Leicester's defence was fantastic against the Saints and although the team's performances have been sub-standard at the end of the season, they are seasoned professionals, have won at Twickenham many times in the past and they should have too much in the tank for the Sarries.

As long as they can keep it tight in the first half, the can reverse this season's form against Saracens and win by as much as 11-15 points at 15/2. The previous affairs have been cautious and tight but you can expect more tries in a heated battle to the end.



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