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Match report: Tigers win Derby Day at Twickenham

Sione Kalamafoni is brought to earth by the Saints defence at Twickenham
Sione Kalamafoni is brought to earth by the Saints defence at Twickenham

Leicester Tigers claimed Derby Day honours at Twickenham with a 23-15 victory over Northampton Saints on Saturday.

In a first Twickenham meeting since the 2013 Premiership Final, George Ford gave Tigers an early lead with a penalty before Saints forced a breakthrough try from Jamie Gibson. After Ford had added a second kick, Tigers ran in two tries inside 60 seconds around the hour mark from Ben Youngs and Jordan Olowofela to lead 20-5 against their East Midlands rivals.

Saints added their second try in added time at the end of the half as they cut that deficit to 10 points at half-time.

The second half was a more scrappy affair, with the rain playing its part, but Saints gathered momentum in the final half-hour to claim a try from Mike Haywood which narrowed the gap to 15-23 with 10 minutes left on the clock but that was the end of the scoring.

It was an emotional day for former Saints centre Rob Horne whose career was ended by injury in the derby meeting at Welford Road last season. The game was moved to HQ in support of the former international who suffered paralysis in his right arm after a collision in the opening seconds of the derby last April.

In team news announced on Friday, Tigers welcomed back Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs, while Jonah Holmes and Harry Wells also came into the starting team. Saints included former Tigers flanker Gibson but were forced into a late change when Courtney Lawes was ruled out by a back injury, with Api Ratuniyarawa stepping up from the bench and Tom Wood joining the replacements.

Horne delivered the matchball to appreciative applause around the stadium at a rain-lashed Twickenham and it was Ford who got the game under way.

Tigers, in their alternate white kit, had an early win when they took turnover ball on the ground in the Saints half and the travelling support sensed a chance when Tuilagi saw some space. And, after keeping ball in foreign territory, they had the first penalty of the game just 20 metres out.

Ford chipped the kick over for a three-point lead with less than five minutes played.

A big scrum on halfway brought another penalty moments later, but Ahsee Tuala kept Ford’s kick to the corner in play and Saints were able to clear.

Tigers lost Jonny May to injury after just eight minutes with what looked like a shoulder problem after carrying ball near halfway. As he left the field, Olowofela was given an early opportunity to return to action.

A kick off the outside of his right boot by full-back Mallinder gave Saints their first taste of the action in the Tigers half on nine minutes, pushing play into the corner, but they knocked on less than 10 metres out after Tigers had missed their own lineout throw.

A long pass from Cobus Reinach evaded the Saints backline and almost provided a turnover for Tigers, but Tuilagi just failed to get hold of the skidding ball. From the scrum, Mallinder pushed a kick up to the tryline, but Holmes was confident enough to run it out before Youngs kicked clear.

Tigers were then penalised in the next phase and Biggar turned down the chance of going for goal to kick into the corner. Saints missed their man and Guy Thompson gathered, but the referee’s assistant brought play back for a penalty against Dan Cole for contact in the lineout.

This time, they secured ball and despite a big hit from the Tigers pack, retained it through three more phases for Gibson score under a pile of bodies. Biggar was off target with the conversion kick but Saints led 5-3 on 17 minutes.

A wayward pass put Biggar under pressure near his own line soon after the restart as David Denton and Mike Williams chased him down and they were rewarded with a penalty award. Ford, though, pulled his kick left of the posts.

A break by Tuala threatened for Saints before Olowofela stepped in and then Thompson hacked play upfield but was just unable to grab the greasy ball with 40 metres of green space in front of him.

Tigers had another scrum penalty on 23 minutes, with referee JP Doyle clearly saying “both props going backwards” to the Saints pack as Ford pointed to the posts. Just short of the 10-metre line, wide on the left, Ford struck the ball cleanly and firmly to put Tigers in front at 6-5.

They stretched the lead with a Youngs try on 30 minutes after superb work from Adam Thompstone and Holmes.

Thompstone beat Mallinder to a high ball and managed to a flick a pass under pressure to Holmes and, with the defence outnumbered, he saw Youngs in support to run in and score. Ford added the kicked to make it 13-5.

One minute later and Tigers were further in front when Olowofela slid into the left-hand corner after Holmes had tidied up ball in his own half and then got Tigers going forward again.

Saints, who had lost Tuala to injury and then scrum-half Reinach to blood, wanted an instant response and built a number of phases in attack before spilling ball, with Sione Kalamafoni and Harry Wells working hard in defence.

They were then held up on the right-hand post, Denton wrapping up his opposite number. Play restarted, though, with an attacking scrum with just two minutes remaining in the opening period. Again, Saints retained ball to push for the line. Again, they stalled just short of the whitewash. And again restarted with a scrum.  The defence reacted and held ball up off the floor to earn put-in at the next set-piece.

The danger was not over, though, and after restarting the game with four seconds remaining on the official clock, Tigers were free-kicked a the scrum and Saints stayed within reach of the line through the phases before lock David Ribbans forced his way over. Biggar missed his second conversion attempt as Tigers returned to the dressing rooms 20-10 in front.

Tino Mapapalangi had replaced Denton in the back row in theclosi9ng moments of the half and remained on the field at the start of the second period, though Reinach did return fromk his blood injury for Saints.

There was no let-up in the rain, which did not help the flow at the start of the second period, punctuated by set-pieces and spilled ball.

Saints gifted Tigers some territory when he was adjudged to be in front of fly-half Biggar as he went for a cross-kick just 25 metres from his own line and Ford pushed Tigers into the left-hand corner. At the lineout, though, scrum-half Reinach somehow ripped ball out and Saints cleared into touch 20 metres upfield.

A charge from Greg Bateman had the visiting support in good voice moments later and Tigers again put their penalty into the corner as they built some pressure on the Saints defence. But ball was wrapped up again in possession less than 10 metres out and Saints could restart with a scrum put-in.

The clock had reached 12 minutes in the period when Mallinder kicked up the right touchline and all of it has been played inside the Saints half. But they started to come into the game with some possession on the right before Ben Youngs blocked a grub-kick from Tom Collins and hacked upfield before winning a penalty as Saints chased back.

Ford added the three points from 30 metres out to make it 23-10 with the first score of the half on 58 minutes.

Holmes gathered the restart and ran at the Saints defence, but Tigers were forced back after kicking ball away and Collins almost found his way through on the wing before the forwards continued to knock at the door right on the tryline. A big hit from Tuilagi pushed them back as they tried to open play up but Kalamafoni was called for offside as Saints tried again.

Tigers did their best to upset the lineout in the corner from the penalty but were blown again for taking out the lifters and Saints set up a repeat. This time Cole led the defensive charge and Tigers finally forced an error. Saints dropping ball 10 metres out in a central position.

Tigers had spent a good 10-minute spell in their own defensive zone and stayed there when Kalamafoni dropped ball as he tried to run out from the base of the scrum with 15 minutes remaining.

Saints looked like they’d found some space on the right after Teimana Harrison set up a charge towards the line, but Kyle Eastmond quickly attacked the tackle area and referee Doyle whistled in his favour, allowing Ford to clear. But then Tigers were penalised and pinned back in the corner again.

This time they made Tigers pay with replacement hooker Mike Heywood forcing his way over. Biggar missed his conversion kick again as Tigers led 23-15 entering the final 10 minutes.

David Feao, off the bench for Bateman, almost became a derby hero when he barged his way towards the tryline but then lost control of the ball just a couple of metres out.

A scrum win against the head allowed Tigers to take up some more time and take the sting out of their rivals as play alternated either side of the halfway line with the clock ticking down and the game ended with Eastmond forcing another error anmd Tigers celebrating Derbny Day victory.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

NOR 10-20 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

NOR 15-23 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

JP Doyle

Match Stats

Northampton Saints
Leicester Tigers
Possession
69%
31%
Territory
73%
27%
Penalties Conceded
9
7
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
65/77 84%
201/223 90%
Scrums Won
9/10 90%
7/8 88%
Lineouts Won
13/14 93%
13/14 93%

Player Stats

Northampton Saints
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Jonah Holmes
14Adam Thompstone
13Manu Tuilagi
12Kyle Eastmond
11Jonny May
10George Ford2C3P
9Ben Youngs1T
1Greg Bateman
2Tom Youngs
3Dan Cole
4Mike Williams
5Harry Wells
6David Denton
7Guy Thompson
8Sione Kalamafoni
16Ross McMillan
17David Fe'ao
18Joe Heyes
19Sam Lewis
20Valentino Mapapalangi
21Sam Harrison
22Tom Hardwick
23Jordan Olowofela1T
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
15

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
23
Northampton Saints
T
T
T
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
P
T
C
T
C
P

Commentary

80

Tigers Support

Thank you to all the travelling Tigers supporters who made the trip to support us today, we hope you enjoyed the game and have a safe journey home. 

Tigers Win!

Tigers hold on to win 23-15 at Twickenham against Northampton Saints. 

79

TIGERS!

Chants of Tigers start around the ground as the clock runs down and the defence holds. Saints knock-on and Tigers kick to touch to end the game. 

77

Tigers With Good Pressure

Tigers keep the pressure on Saints as they look to attack but the defence is holding as Saints attack on the 10 metre line. 

75

Tigers on the hunt

Tigers lose the ball at the lineout but win it back at the scrum with some huge defence, Tigers now building phases and kick ahead to now attack the Saints 22. 

Tigers Replacement

Sam Lewis is now in to replace Valentino Mapapalangi.

74

Good Defence

Saints go wide with the ball from the scrum but Tigers make some big hits and Jonah Holmes pushes Saints into touch for a Tigers lineout on the 10 metre line. 

73

Scrum Again

Saints scrum but the ball appears for Sam Harrison, referee calls it back for another scrum, Saints ball. 

Tigers Replacement

Joe Heyes comes on to the pitch to replace Dan Cole. 

71

Tigers NEarly There

Tigers look good in attack and get near the tryline with a great run from David Feao but he loses the ball in contact and Saints clear for a lineouton their 10 metre line. 

70

Tigers Pressure

Tigers look to return the pressure on Saints and win a penalty at the breakdown for a Tigers scrum in Saints 22. 

Tigers replacements

Sam Harrison replaces Ben Youngs and David Feao replaces Greg Bateman. 

69

Saints Conversion Missed

Dan Bigger can't add the conversion,  the ball going wide of the posts so it remains 15-23 after 69 minutes. 

Saints Try

Saints create a driving maul and it is replacement hooker Mikey Haywood who pushes through and gets over the line. 

68

Saints Pressure

Saints look good in defence and win a penalty, kicking for another lineout in Tigers 22. 

Tigers Replacement

Tigers make a replacement as Tom Youngs is replaced by Ross McMillan. 

66

Huge DEfence

Saints run quick ball from the scrum and pass it wide, Olowofela makes a big tackle and Eastmond is straight over the ball, winning  a penalty for Tigers. Ford kicks to touch for the lineout. 

65

Reset scrums

 Seems to be some slippery boots as we have a number of reset scrums. 

64

Loose Ball

Tigers lose the ball as they break away from the scrum but Saints are unable to gather the ball cleanly, lots of loose ball as the rain continues to fall hear at Twickenham. 

63

Close Call

Tigers have a close call as Saints look to break through the defence to score from a charge down kick but a Saints knock-on gives Tigers the scrum. 

62

Saints Lineout

Saints kick for the lineout on Tigers 5 metre line, Tigers make a huge defensive effort but are penalised for engaging early, Saints go for another lineout. 

60

Saints Attack

A number of phases but Saints look to attack and get the ball into Tigers 5 metre channel, a penalty is given and Saints go quickly trying to score in the corner. Some big hits in defence from Tigers but Saints get the penalty advantage for offside. 

57

Quick Feet

Jonah Holmes shows his quick feet from the restart weaving his way through a number of defenders, Ford kicks ahead but Saints kick for touch and Tigers get the lineout. 

Tigers Penalty

Tigers get the first points of the second-half with a penalty from George Ford, 10-23 after 56 minutes. 

55

Tigers Defence

Tigers keep the defence strong and a chip through from Saints in deflected, Ben Youngs chases and Dan Biggers is pinged for holding on as Ben and Kyle Eastmond counter ruck. Ford points to the posts. 

54

Kicks Exchanged

Both teams are exchanging more kicks and it's all happening with the two 22's, some big hits from the defences too. 

49

Saints Again

Saints again get the ball from the maul and hold Tigers up to win a scrum on their 5 metre line.  

48

Tigers Lineout

Tigers are quick from the lineout and work the ball wide with a great run from Greg Bateman, Saints are pinged for offside and Tigers get another lineout on the Saints 5 metre line. 

47

Saints Defence

Saints get the ball from the maul and clear for a Tigers lineout on the 22 metre line. 

46

Tigers Penalty

Saints kick across field and break up the pitch but are called back for Mallinder offside at the kick, Tigers kick for the lineout on Saints 5 metre line. 

45

Loose Ball

Tigers gather the ball for a lineout but the ball goes loose for a Saints scrum outside their 22. 

45

Tigers Pressure

Saints chip ahead but Tigers recover the ball and attack the Saints half, Ben Youngs gets over a ruck to win a penalty for Tigers as Ford kicks to touch. 

40

Early Defence

Some big defence from Tigers as the ball is thrown loose into touch inside Tigers half but Tigers get the lineout. Tigers look to go forward but Saints hold up the maul for a scrum on Tigers 10 metre line.

Teams are back out

The teams are back out for the second-half as Saints kick things off. 

That's Half-Time

Tigers are in the lead as we end the first-half 20-10 against Northampton Saints. 

40

Conversion Missed

Saints Dan Bigger pushes the ball wide to end the first-half. 

Saints Try

Saints are awarded the try, David Ribbons gets the ball down over the line for the try. 

40

Scrum Again

The scrum is messy and reset but Saints win a free kick, opt to scrum again.  Saints pass the ball out wide and build the phases, Saints look to have scored but the referee asks the TMO. 

Tigers Replacement

Dave Denton goes for a HIA and Valentino Mapapalangi takes his place on the pitch. 

39

Strong Tigers Defence

Tigers hold strong in the defence and hold up the Saints runner in a maul and win the ball in the scrum, still on the Tigers 5 metre line. Small break in play as Tigers Dave Denton gets some treatment. 

39

Saints Attack

Saints look to go quick from the scrum and build phases under the Tigers posts but are held up again to get another scrum on Tigers 5 metre line. 

36

Tigers scrum

Tigers look good in the scrum but a loose ball and Saints are on the attack again, Tigers defence manages to hold up Saints as they push over the line. Saints 5 metre scrum. 

34

Saints hit back

Saints look to hit back from the kick-off and attack the Tigers 22 but Tigers look strong in defence and Saints knock-on. 

Saints Substitutions

Tuala replaced by Tom Collins, Reinach was replaced by Mitchell 

Tigers Conversion

Tigers add the conversion through George Ford to make it 5-20 after 33 minutes. 

Tigers Try

Tigers with another try inside 22, Jonah Holmes gets the ball in the 22, weaves through three Saints defenders and offloads to Jordan Olowofela who shows his pace to score in the corner. 

Tigers Conversion

Tigers add the conversion through George Ford to make it 5-13 after 30 minutes. 

Tigers Try

Saints chip across field from a ruck, Adam Thompstone collects the ball and between two defenders flicks the ball out to Jonah Holmes who gets into space in the Saints 22 and offloads to Ben Youngs to run under the posts. 

29

Loose Ball

Tigers get a hand to the ball in the lineout but it Saints who recover it and they attack Tigers on the half-way. A few more kicks exchanged and Tigers put pressure on at the breakdown as Saints try to build phases

27

Kicking Game

Both sides exchange kicks from the scrum, testing out the players at the back, Dan Cole makes a big hit to push Saints into touch inside their half. 

26

Lineout Defence

Tigers Kyle Eastmond takes the kick-off and clears the ball to touch for a Saints lineout on Tigers 10 metre lineout. Saints are building phases but Tigers win a scrum from a Saints knock-on. 

Tigers Penalty

George Ford puts the ball straight between the posts to put Tigers back in the lead, 5-6 after 24 minutes. 

22

Tigers Penalty

Tigers win the penalty at the breakdown after a strong show from the Tigers pack, Ford points to the posts. 

21

Free Kick

Tigers win a free-kick at the scrum but opt to scrum again. 

21

High Ball

Jordan Olowofela takes a Saints high ball and Tigers return the kick to attack the Saints half but Saints make a break to get up to the Tigers 22. A break puts Guy Thompson in space but he can't collect the ball and its a scrum for Saints on their 10 metre line. 

18

Tigers Penalty

George Ford takes the kick for Tigers but the ball goes wide, Saints have a kick-off from their 22. 

17

Kick Exchanges

Both teams look to exchange kicks after the kick-off but Tigers keep on the pressure and pin Dan Bigger in the 22, winning a penalty at the breakdown. George Ford points to the posts. 

15

Saints Missed Conversion

Saints Dan Bigger pushes the conevrsion wide so it remains 5-3. 

Saints Try

Saints drive from the lineout and create the phases in Tigers 5 metre channel, eventually it is Jamie Gibson who crosses the line for the try. 

13

Tigers Defence

Saints overthow in the lineout but the play is called back and Tigers are penalised at the lineout, Saints will get another go. 

11

Good Work Jonah

Saints chip ahead from the scrum but Jonah Holmes watches the ball and runs up to the 22, Tigers kick ahead but Saints win a penalty at the breakdown. Saints go for touch, lineout on Tigers 5 metre line. 

9

Tigers Scrum

Tigers hold the scrum and Ben Youngs clears the ball up to half-way. The ball is spread out wide but is loose and Tigers knock-on for a Saints scrum on half-way. 

9

Territory Game

Both sides look to gain some territory in the early stages of this game as Saints kick for touch in Tigers 22. The ball is loose in the lineout for Saints to attack the Tigers line but Saints knock-on for a Tigers scrum. 

Tigers Replacement

Tigers make an early substitution as Jonny May receives treatment but has to leave the field, Jordan Olowofela takes his place. 

5

Tigers Scrum

Tigers look good at the scrum and win a penalty, Ford looks to find touch the ball is kept in play. Both teams kick for territory and it is Tigers who find it on halfway to give Saints the lineout. Also a break in play for an injury to Tigers Jonny May. 

5

Tigers Clear

Tigers clear the kick-off for a Saints lineout, the ball  is loose and Tigers get a scrum for a Saints knock-on. 

Tigers Penalty

Tigers are first on the scoreboard with a penalty from George Ford to make it 0-3 after 3 minutes. 

3

Quick Lineout

Tigers go quick at the lineout and carry the ball into Tigers 22 and a chip ahead tries to find Guy Thompson but Saints recover. Tigers had advantage and Ford points to the posts.

1

Early Challenges

Both teams test out a few high balls as the rain falls here at Twickenham, Tigers win a turnover and attack the Saints half. Ford chips ahead but Mallinder clears for a Tigers lineout just outside Saints 22. 

Here We Go!

We have kick-off in the first East Midlands Derby of the 2018/19 season at Twickenham, George Ford gets things underway. 

0

And the Saints

Followed by the home side today, Northampton Saints and we are ready for kick-off. 

0

Here come Tigers

Tigers are first out onto the pitch lead out by captain Tom Youngs. 

0

Crowd Welcome

Rob Horne is introduced to the Twickenham crowd ahead of kick-off to deliver the match ball and the crowd give him a huge welcome. 

0

Late Saints Change

Saints make a late change from with Lawes out and Ratuniyarawa in his place, with Tom Wood coming onto the bench. 

0

Nearly Time

The teams have finished their warm-ups and have headed into the tunnel ahead of kick-off. 

0

Welcome to Twickenham

Hello and welcome to Twickenham for our match against Northampton Saints with less than 10 minutes to go before kick-off.


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Harry Mallinder
14
Ahsee Tuala
13
Andrew Kellaway
12
Luther Burrell
11
Taqele Naiyaravoro
10
Dan Biggar
9
Jacobus Reinach
1
Alex Waller
2
Dylan Hartley
3
Ehren Painter
4
David Ribbans
5
Api Ratuniyarawa
6
Jamie Gibson
7
Lewis Ludlam
8
Teimana Harrison

Subs

16
Mike Haywood
17
Francois van Wyk
18
Ben Franks
19
Tom Wood
20
Mitch Eadie
21
Alex Mitchell
22
Fraser Dingwall
23
Tom Collins

Team news: Tigers at Twickenham

Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi return to the Leicester Tigers starting line-up for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership Round 6 fixture against Northampton Saints.

In a game switched to the national stadium at Twickenham in support of former Saints centre Rob Horne, Tigers interim head coach Geordan Murphy brings Tuilagi back into the team after a hamstring injury while Youngs starts at scrum-half after appearing as a replacement in the win over Sale Sharks last week.

Jonah Holmes also comes into the backline and there is one change in the forward pack where Harry Wells replaces Graham Kitchener.

Scrum-half Sam Harrison returns from injury to take his place among the replacements alongside England Under-20s quartet Joe Heyes, Sam Lewis, Tom Hardwick and Jordan Olowofela.

Coach Murphy said: “We’ve had one or two bumps and bruises in the squad but that also provides an opportunity for someone else to come in and wear the shirt.”

Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, Twickenham Stadium, Saturday 3.00pm)

15 Jonah Holmes

14 Adam Thompstone

13 Manu Tuilagi

12 Kyle Eastmond

11 Jonny May

10 George Ford

9 Ben Youngs

1 Greg Bateman

2 Tom Youngs (c)

3 Dan Cole

4 Mike Williams

5 Harry Wells

6 David Denton

7 Guy Thompson

8 Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements

16 Ross McMillan

17 David Feao

18 Joe Heyes

19 Sam Lewis

20 Valentino Mapapalangi

21 Sam Harrison

22 Tom Hardwick

23 Jordan Olowofela

Northampton Saints: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Andrew Kellaway, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Cobus Reinach; 1 Alex Waller (co-captain), 2 Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 3 Ehren Painter, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Jamie Gibson, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Francois Van Wyk, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Mitch Eadie, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Fraser Dingwall, 23 Tom Collins

Match preview: Derby day at Twickenham

Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints meet at Twickenham on Saturday for the first time since the 2013 Premiership Final.

On that occasion, it was all about the silverware, with Tigers coming through to lift the league title for a 10th time with Manu Tuilagi among the tryscorers in a 37-17 triumph.

This Saturday, there is no trophy at stake, but the teams meet in support of former Saints centre Rob Horne whose career was ended by injury in the derby meeting at Welford Road last season.

Australia international Horne suffered a life-changing injury when he suffered paralysis in his right arm after a collision in the opening seconds of the derby last April and Saints have taken Saturday’s game to rugby HQ to show support for him and his family.

“There’s always a lot of passion and intensity around derby matches,” said Tigers interim head coach Geordan Murphy. “It will be no different this weekend, but it’s nice that we can support Rob Horne.

“It’s very difficult with such a serious injury, but the rugby family will come together to support him and that is a great thing.

“It will be an interesting game. These have traditionally been tight games and they’re always big battles. I’m hoping it is the same this week.

“It’s a big pitch, there’s a bit more space there and they have threats out wide but so do we.”

Saints back-rower James Haskell has been a regular visitor to Twickenham and, although he is not involved this weekend, he is fully supportive of taking the game there for such a special cause.

“It’s a very special place,” Haskell said. “People dream of playing at Twickenham and to go there on multiple occasions is every player’s greatest ambition.

“I think holding the spectacle at Twickenham – the home of rugby in the UK – is fantastic. Everyone who plays rugby or is a fan of the sport knows what a spectacular place it is.”

Haskell, who joined Saints this summer from Wasps, said in support of Horne: “Players who go through a rough time have always been supported by others at this level. It is such an inclusive sport.

“The boys from Leicester helped to support the campaign on their day off and I think that shows how much players appreciate helping each other which, given the risky nature of the sport, is incredibly important.”

The two old rivals have met on 240 previous occasions, with Tigers 135-85 ahead on the win count, though Saints won home-and-away derby days during last season.

In team news announced on Friday, Tigers welcome back Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs, while Jonah Holmes and Harry Wells also come into the starting team. Saints include former Tigers flanker Jamie Gibson, and there are call-ups for Harry Mallinder and Andrew Kellaway.

Referee on Saturday is JP Doyle, in charge of his 158th Premiership fixture.

Tigers will wear the club’s white and purple alternate kit. Saints players are replacing their usual match socks with colours from local clubs who are supporting Horne.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm and there is live coverage on BT Sport and on terrestrial TV with Channel 5.

Match tickets are still available via Ticketmaster and from Twickenham with prices from £25 adults and £10 juniors. Or click here for details online.

If you are not attending the game or are unable to watch on TV, you can keep up to date with all of the action using the Tigers Matchday Live service on the club website, mobile website and official app. Or follow the club’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

After this weekend, Tigers open their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a trip to face Ulster Rugby next Saturday and then host the Scarlets on Friday, October 19 (7.45pm). Match tickets are available now. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online.

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Form Guide
Northampton Saints
Form
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Last Match
Lost to Tigers 15-23
Past Meeting
Lost 15-23
Form
Last Match
Past Meeting
Leicester Tigers
Form
LWWLW
Last Match
Beat Scarlets 45-27
Past Meeting
Won 23-15

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