Saracens 19-20 Leicester Tigers
Defending champions Saracens took on last year’s runners up, Leicester Tigers, at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.
In front of a large crowd, Saracens dominated the majority of the game but were unable to pull clear.
The first half consisted of Saracens seeming to kick the ball away at every opportunity, while Leicester scored four penalties in the opening period from the boot of fly-half Toby Flood – the England player released to gain game time with his club.
But it was Saracens who scored the only try of the first half as they secured a loose line-out.
Schalk Brits made a fantastic break and was aware enough to offload to scrum-half Neil De Kock.
The South African raced through the gap and beat the last man to go over. The try was converted by Alex Goode and the full-back added a penalty to draw the gap to 12-10 at half time.
Goode added a further two penalties after finding his kicking boots in the second half, but a well-worked try by Ed Slater put Leicester ahead once more.
Goode nearly secured the win with a last minute touchline penalty, but Leicester still had time for one more attack.
They held onto the ball well despite a disciplined Saracens defence. The home side could not give away any penalties and so the Tigers took valuable ground.
Eventually, they worked a position for captain Geordan Murphy to strike over an ugly drop goal in extra time, giving them a deserved win.