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Premiership final offers Saracens and Northampton a shot at redemption

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Saracens will be looking to bounce back from their crushing Heineken Cup defeat and crown themselves as kings of England as they taken on Northampton on Saturday.

Meanwhile Northampton themselves are also be looking to right some wrongs, as they lost in last year's final to Leicester Tigers. It is a clash perfectly poised.

Saracens finished nine points clear of the Saints who finished in second place, however this game promises to be a tight one.

Saracen's captain Steve Borthwick has recovered from a pectoral injury and will play his last match in the sport and he hopes to go out on a high. Reflecting on his career he told Sky Sports: "It takes a toll but playing this amazing sport, whether you earn money for it or not, it's a privilege.

"There are costs along the way, there are things that take their toll, but I honestly don't bat an eyelid at those now.I'd go back and do it all again, to have all those experiences again, I'm content, it's been an amazing journey."

He added: "It would be absolutely special to win this weekend but to be part of this group is a privilege."

Borthwick faces a big battle with opposite number Courtney Lawes, however he has been in terrific form throughout the season. He will have to use all of his experience if he wants to lead his side to victory, after a disappointing result against Toulon last week.

Saints are sweating on the fitness of hooker Dylan Hartley who has been sidelined for two months with a shoulder injury, but has come back into training this week.

Despite this, he is likely to go to England's tour of New Zealand this summer, and coach Jim Mallinder says: "With his improvement there's a very good chance he'll be fit for New Zealand. (England coach) Stuart Lancaster has taken four hookers already, but if Dylan is fit to tour then I don't think he'll have any hesitation taking him. And he'll probably play."

Last time the two sides played each other the Sarries came out on top, winning 28-24. Saracens go into the game as favourites but Northamton prop Alex Corbieso says it will go down to the wire. 

“It will be a nail-biter to be involved in as well and no doubt it will go down to the wire,” he told the Daventry Express.

It promises to be a great game, with both sides desperate for the win. Can Saints side cause an upset or will Saracens avenge their Heineken cup defeat?

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