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In 2010/11 Tigers topped the table in the Premiership- now backed by Aviva - for a third consecutive year, though there was to be no silverware to follow at Twickenham.

In a rematch of the 2010 final, Saracens gained a measure of revenge with a 22-18 victory sealed in the last play as their stout defence kept the defending champions out.

Tigers knew they were in for a stern test in Rugby World Cup year but could not have envisaged losing five of the opening six rounds of the 2011/12 campaign. The summer saw a number of young, English-qualified signings but, when the uncapped Thomas Waldrom was called up as an injury replacement by an England squad in New Zealand, he became the 12th player from the club on international duty. Long-term injuries ruled out Craig Newby, Jordan Crane and Mathew Tait, three of the most experienced players left behind, and Tigers slipped to 11th in the Premiership table in October with their only win coming against bottom-of-the-table Newcastle.

But a remarkable run from that point almost secured a league and cup double for a second time. Tigers lost just once in the league from mid-October up to an appearance in an eighth successive final, and the team claimed a Premiership record six of bonus-point wins in a row in the closing weeks of the season. Finishing second in the table, Tigers beat reigning champions Saracens in a home semi-final to book another trip to Twickenham.

The Aviva Premiership trophy proved elusive, though, as Harlequins claimed their first title with a 30-23 victory at HQ.

Tigers did lift the season's first silverware, skipper Geordan Murphy allowing veteran Julian White to collect the LV= Cup trophy following a derby victory over Northampton Saints in the final of the Anglo-Welsh competition at Worcester's Sixways Stadium.

The disappointment of 2011/12 Final defeat provided extra motivation the following term as Tigers ended the season second in the table and then beat defending champions Harlequins convincingly in the semi-final to set up a ninth successive Final appearance at Twickenham. Northampton Saints beat Saracens in the other semi-final to set up a first-ever East Midlands Derby on Final day.

Tigers got off to a flying start and, despite the loss of captain Toby Flood to concussion, ran in four tries in a 37-17 victory. Geordan Murphy, in his last season as part of the playing squad, lifted the silverware as the club celebrated an historic 10th title.

Six of the team - including Aviva Premiership Player of the Year Tom Youngs - then joined the British & Irish Lions for a victorious tour to Australia and three young Tigers also celebrated England's first-ever World Junior Championships title that summer.

The run of Twickenham appearances, though , came to an end at nine, Tigers losing in the semi-finals of 2013/14 (at Saints) and 2014/15 (at Bath) though 11 appearances in the knockout rounds would be significant enough at any other club. As an illustration of the club's staying power, long-serving lock Louis Deacon retired in 2015 with six league titles to his name - more than all the other contenders combined since making his debut in 2000/01.

Former All Blacks centre Aaron Mauger returned to the club as head coach in the summer of 2015, with Welford Road also taking on a new look with the redevelopment of the Clubhouse End taking capacity up to 25,849.

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