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Score and latest updates from the 2022 Premiership final – World news

Score and latest updates from the 2022 Premiership final – World news

A reverential hush has settled over Twickenham. The big day is finally upon us. This afternoon, one of Leicester or Saracens will be crowned Premiership champions.

Both clubs have endured falls from grace before rising, ascendant, to contest this title decider. Leicester finished second-bottom of the table two seasons in a row before the arrival of Steve Borthwick as head coach and were only spared relegation in 2020 thanks to Saracens’ salary-cap scandal, which saw the five-time Premiership winners spend a campaign in the Championship.

Borthwick has revitalised Leicester, masterminding a first-placed finish in the regular season as Tigers amassed a whopping total of 94 points. He has since presided over a 27-14 win against Northampton Saints in the Premiership semi-finals, putting Leicester within touching distance of a first title since 2013.

Saracens, meanwhile, finished in second place in their first season back in the top flight, seven points behind their rivals. They survived a punishing match against Harlequins in the semis, eventually triumphing 34-17.

Borthwick won the Premiership final with Saracens as a player back in 2011 having tasted defeat the previous year, with both matches against none other than Leicester. Asked how he wants Tigers to approach this season’s grand finale, he said: “I want us to be the best versions of ourselves right now, in this moment.

“After this game we’ll deal with whatever comes next, and I’m not bothered about what happened in the past.

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“Where we are right now is all we can control. That’s the theme this week.”

Owen Farrell, the veteran Saracens fly-half, also stressed that the two sides would like to put their recent history behind them. “We’ve got an opportunity to do something special and we’re really looking forward to it,” he said.

“We’re up against a fantastic side who we respect, so we have had to make sure our preparation has been right. 

“The past is the past and we want to make sure that all of the exciting stuff is in front of us.”

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