Leicester sink Saracens with contentious late penalty try


  • Leicester 13-12 Saracens
  • Tigers maintain 100% record with last play of the game

A suitably chaotic end to a dog’s dinner of game but Leicester will not care. The Tigers clinched a scarcely-deserved win with the last play of the match – a penalty try awarded to seal a one-point victory and maintain Leicester’s 100% start to the season. They were dead and buried with 10 minutes to go but George Ford’s penalty moved them within touching distance before the referee, Christophe Ridley, awarded the decisive try at the death.

It was a decision shrouded in some controversy – not for the penalty try but rather due to the fact the match was still going on at all. Saracens were 12-6 to the good and thought they had won when Guy Porter was tackled into touch. On closer inspection, however, he was adjudged to have been bundled out illegally by Aled Davies and Ford kicked the subsequent penalty to the corner, laying the platform for their grand finale.

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Written by Gerard Meagher at Welford Road
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/oct/02/leicester-saracens-premiership-rugby-union-match-report under the title “Leicester sink Saracens with contentious late penalty try”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.