- East Midland giants set for intriguing clash in LV= Cup final
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Photo: Michael Paler
The LV= Cup final will see a new chapter added to the historic rivalry between East Midlands giants Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers as they meet in a major cup final for the first time.
Tigers beat Bath 17-16 in the first semi-final on Friday, and were joined in Sunday’s showpiece occasion by neighbours Saints following their 27-12 win over Scarlets in the second tie.
Both former winners of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, the two sides have never met each other in a major final before and have only played each other twice in the present format of the competition. The head-to-head stands at one win apiece: 23-11 to Northampton in February 2010, and 29-16 to Leicester in December 2005.
Fabulous Ford kicks four to seel Leicester's final place
Leicester owe their place in the Sixways showdown to 18-year-old fly half George Ford, who kicked four penalties and produced a masterful display at The Rec despite his tender years. Lock Graham Kitchener added a solitary try for the Tigers, who won the competition in 2007 after an epic final against Ospreys.
Tries from Alex Waller and Scott Armstrong, with 17 points from the boots of Stephen Myler and Ryan Lamb, saw Northampton men brush aside the Scarlets. Jim Mallinder’s men now return to the scene of their triumph in 2010 where they beat Gloucester to win 30-24 in another thrilling final.
Leicester came out on top when the sides met earlier this season, winning 30-25 in a game that will be talked about for many years to come. Sunday’s clash promises to be in the same category.
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