Saracens 19 Leicester 20
A last-second drop-goal from Geordan Murphy snatched a dramatic victory for Leicester Tigers against Saracens.
The first points of the game came from the boot of Toby Flood. His penalty goals after 11 and 26 minutes gave Leicester a 6-0 lead, although the visitors' cause wasn't helped when Slater was dispatched to the sin-bin. Saracens were unable to make the most of the numerical advantage, but they were in front ten minutes before half-time. Saracens scrum-half Neil de Kock was the man to get the hosts off the mark and, after his try had been rubber-stamped by the video referee, Alex Goode's conversion gave them the lead. But the lead lasted less than five minutes, as Flood's third penalty of the afternoon gave Leicester the advantage for a second time. The two sides exchanged further penalties before half-time, making it 10-12 to Leicester at the interval. Saracens enjoyed the lion's share off pressure following the restart, with two Goode penalties overturning the two-point deficit and putting the hosts four in front. But Edward Slater's unconverted try on 64 minutes put Leicester a point to the good and set up a grandstand finish. Saracens thought they'd won it when Goode pinged over his fourth penalty of the afternoon, but Murphy's drop-goal from in front of the posts broke the home supporters' hearts and sealed the win. The defeat dents Saracens hopes of catching pace-setters Harlequins at the top of the table, while the win for Leicester sees them gain ground on third-placed Northampton.