Saracens returned to winning ways with a deserved win over Leicester in an absorbing Aviva Premiership clash before a crowd of 24,873 at Welford Road.
The European champions’ win followed seven consecutive defeats, with Jonny May’s departure to a red card for two deliberate knock-ons condemning Tigers to a fifth consecutive defeat with an away game at leaders Exeter looming on the horizon.
Each side were awarded with a penalty try, with Mathew Tait crossing for Leicester and George Ford converting and kicking a penalty.
Jamie George crossed for Saracens and Owen Farrell kicking five penalties and a conversion.
Saracens made the better start and took a seventh-minute lead with a simple penalty from Farrell but minutes later it got a whole lot worse for Tigers when they conceded a penalty try.
The visitors pressurised Leicester’s line and when May deliberately knocked down Marcelo Bosch’s scoring pass to Sean Maitland, the Tigers’ wing was yellow carded and referee Matthew Carley awarded a penalty try.
Jamie George scored Saracens’ second try to stretch the lead to 17-0 (Getty)
In May’s absence, Saracens should have extended their lead but blew golden opportunities as wayward passes from Alex Goode and Chris Wyles prevented two tries being scored.
May returned from the sin-bin with no damage done but after 26 minutes the visitors extended their lead with a second try. Bosch ran strongly from a line-out to make a dent in the home defence before George saw a gap to run 20 metres and score.
Three minutes later and Leicester were on the scoreboard when Adam Thompstone’s superb off-load created a try for Tait. Five metres from the visitors’ line and inches from the touchline, the Leicester wing was grasped by two defenders and seemingly had no options but somehow he squeezed out the scoring pass.
Mathew Tait scored Leicester’s first try after a brilliant offload from Adam Thompstone (Getty)
Ford converted before adding a penalty to leave his side…