29 May 2011

Saracens beat Leicester to win Premiership final

12:39 pm on 29 May 2011

Saracens were crowned English rugby's league champions for the first time when they overcame perennial finalists Leicester 22-18 in a gripping Premiership final at Twickenham yesterday.

The match was a repeat of last year's final, which Leicester snatched at the end for their ninth title.

But this time Saracens scored the game's only try through James Short and came home via the boot of ice-cool 19-year-old flyhalf Owen Farrell who kicked the remaining points.

Leicester were appearing in the final for the seventh year in succession while it was Saracens' second, and their victory brought the London club their first silverware since winning the knockout Cup in 1998.