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Leicester & Northampton set for Premiership final showdown

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Leicester and Northampton will meet in this season’s Aviva Premiership final after two impressive last four victories.

The Tigers were favourites to overcome Harlequins at Welford Road on Saturday, and were impressive against the reigning champions when securing a 33-16 victory.

Vereniki Goneva, Niall Morris, Tom Croft and Matthew Tait all went over for the hosts, with the former Newcastle full-back in inspired form throughout for the hosts.

Quins’ replacement Ross Chisholm ran in a beautifully constructed consolation try late on, but it wasn’t enough after Nick Evans had kicked the visitors into an early 9-3 lead.

The Saints, meanwhile, upset the formbook with a stunning 27-13 win at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Sarries went into the game as favourites after topping the domestic table, but the beauty of the play-offs means they now finish with nothing as Northampton make it to Twickenham for the first time in six attempts.

Brian Mujati, Jamie Elliott and GJ van Velze all scored for the visitors, whilst Duncan Taylor’s try for Saracens will be of scant consolation.

It all means the two Midlands rivals will go head-to-head at Twickenham next Saturday, with Leicester contesting their ninth consecutive final and Northampton looking to pull off another famous upset.

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