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  • Bosch,
    Penalty goals: Hodgson (2), Farrell (3),
20 - 24

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  • Foden, Pisi, Waller,
    Penalty goals: Myler,
    Conversions: Myler (3),
  • Aviva Premiership
  • Final
  • 31st May 2014
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 79,193

Saracens v Northampton - Live

Last updated: 31st May 2014  

Full Time100 Full-time (AET): Saracens 20-24 Northampton

Conversion100 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER. 20-24. That's it.

TRY99 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, WALLER. 20-22. Saints have won it. A pick and go from replacement Alex Waller is given the green light by the TMO and they are champions. What a match we have witnessed at Twickenham. Wow.

98 Northampton scrum 25 out because of a Wray fumble so is this their last chance? Remember, they will take the title if it's level at full-time of extra-time.

96 Is Hodgson to turn from hero to villain though as he kicks the ball out on the full, giving the Saints an attacking line-out 25 metres out? However, Hartley's throw is stolen so Sarries survive as time ticks on.

93 PENALTY, SARACENS, HODGSON. 20-17. There's the lead for Sarries as a deliberate slap down hands Hodgson a chance to push his side in front, which he takes.

91 Ten minutes to go then and it is worth noting that if we remained tied up at Twickenham, Northampton would win as they've scored more tries (two) today.

90 That's half-time in extra-time and there is still nothing separating these two heavyweight outfits.

88 Close once again for Sarries as Wray is denied what looked like a try but we come back for obstruction from Vunipola on Dickinson. It is the correct call as we go back to near halfway for a Saints penalty.

Penalty86 PENALTY, SARACENS, HODGSON. 17-17. We are level yet again as Northampton collapse the scrummage to gift Hodgson an opportunity for goal. He made no mistake.

Penalty84 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER. 14-17. First blood to the Saints as Goode holds on in contact. Up stepped Myler from the tee with nerves of steel. Fine kick.

81 Welcome back as Myler kicks-off extra-time and it's a poor clearance from Goode so a first chance for Northampton via the line-out about 30 metres out.

80 We are going to extra-time at Twickenham as the full time whistle blows with the scores locked at 14-14. What a game and it's not over yet. Stay with us...

78 Northampton survive, just, and it's Dickson with a vital turnover that leads to Wood kicking clear. Role reversal there. Just a minute remaining now.

76 The momentum has definitely swung in favour of Saracens right now as a breakdown penalty sees Hodgson drill the ball into Northampton's half.

74 So close from Hodgson as his effort hits the post!

TRY73 TRY, SARACENS, BOSCH. 14-14. This time they get it. It came from a five metre line-out as Sarries threw in before the numbers were created. Lovely offload from hooker Brits set up Bosch wide on the right.

70 Replacement James Wilson clears his side's lines, but it's not for long as obstruction from Saints following their own line-out on halfway gifts the ball back to Saracens. It goes to the Saints 22.

69 Still Saracens bang on the door but the Saints get out of the woods yet again, this time Hartley with great breakdown work saving his side just five out.

67 And to make matters worse, Farrell hobbles off with cramp before replacement Charlie Hodgson is smashed by Lawes. Sarries scrum on halfway. It's not boring.

63 What a moment that is. Saracens have just had a try chalked off despite referee Doyle initially awarding it. The TMO then intervened and told Doyle a minute later that a pass was forward. Farrell was the man denied as Goode's pass is the one that cost them.

Conversion60 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER. 9-14. Nailed it.

TRY59 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, G PISI. 9-12. Saints are over and it is centre Pisi grounding the ball from a lovely Myler grubber kick. Tough conversion coming up now.

58 It's stolen but luckily for Hartley Northampton get the ball back soon after and launch a breakout of their own. Sarries are chasing back and struggling.

57 It gets better for Sarries as Farrell's kick drops just before touch so it is a Saints line-out only five out from their own line. Pressure on Hartley.

56 This is breathtaking stuff as Wales wing and England fly-half, North and Farrell, collide in contact as Saints start to go for the jugular. Sarries survive though and throw in on halfway as Stevens bows out.

53 Here comes Richard Wigglesworth, Jackson Wray and Alistair Hargreaves for De Kock, Burger and Botha. Lee Dickson is also on for Saints, replacing Kahn Fotuali'i at the base. Tom Mercey is on at prop as Northampton attack just 25 metres from the line.

50 And the London club are out of the woods for now as a handful of replacements warm up on the sideline. Saracens have a scrum on their own ten-metre line.

48 Back come Northampton as North makes ground on the right before Corbisiero is smashed by Burger. The ball then comes left to where Myler fires one into touch, thinking he had a man hugging the touchline five metres out. Saracens line-out coming up then.

Penalty46 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL. 9-7. However, we come back for a Saints offence so here's Farrell to put his side back in front. No mistake from the pivot.

43 Sarries had the territory and possession early on but they were too narrow in their attack before a knock-on at the base of a ruck ended their charge.

41 Here we go then with the second forty started by Farrell to his right. Can Saints hold on for the title or will Sarries recover and lift the trophy?

Half Time40 Half-time: Saracens 6-7 Northampton

39 Superb again from Lawes though as his graft at the maul wins his side a vital turnover. Saracens are not happy but referee JP Doyle's decision is final.

38 Big plus for Matt Stevens and Sarries' pack here as they win a scrum penalty which goes into the corner. Brits will throw in around 20 metres from the line.

35 Stoppage here as Mouritz Botha is down needing some treatment. Five minutes of the half remaining then and what an absorbing first 40 minutes it has been.

Conversion34 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER. 6-7. Massive kick.

TRY33 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, FODEN. 6-5. There it is. It's a wonderful team try as first the line-out drive saw them go close before Fotuali'i went wide where the quick hands allowed full-back Foden to dive over.

30 What a breakout from Northampton and it's Ken Pisi racing from 22 to 22 with a superb individual run. That leads to the scrambling Saracens offending in their desperation, with Saints going to the corner.

26 That is until Lawes and Northampton Saints secure a breakdown turnover. Excellent from their forwards.

25 Saracens are beginning to turn the screw here as De Kock's grubber is taken into touch by George Pisi just five metres from his line. Chance again then.

23 He misses this one from pretty much the same place he landed a kick a few minutes ago. Still 6-0 then.

22 Saints must wonder how they are six points down as they have enjoyed most of the ball but are being penalised for offences. Here is another one for offside as Farrell once again calls for the tee.

Penalty18 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL. 6-0. Great work in the air from David Strettle as his jump and take leads to Northampton offending at a resulting breakdown. Net result, Farrell steps up and kicks well again.

15 More territory and possession for Saracens here as Vunipola and Ashton take them into the 22. However, a fumble in contact sees them pushed back by Myler.

Penalty12 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL. 3-0. Saracens lead as fly-half Farrell kicks well off the tee following Saints having been done for side entry at a ruck.

10 Within a flash it's now Northampton with a line-out in opposition territory as a turnover leads to full-back Goode clearing to his ten-metre. Frantic stuff.

8 Some huge tackles going in so far as Luther Burrell gets to grips with Chris Ashton before George North shrugs off Steve Borthwick. After all that it's a Saracens line-out on the Saints 22. Chance here...

5 It's all a bit loose with Alex Goode rising to take a few kicks before Bosch grubbers into touch about 30 metres from the Northampton line. Saints throw.

3 Saracens survive and then launch an attack via the pace and power of Schalk Brits. That leads to the Saints giving away a penalty so Farrell kicks long.

1 Stephen Myler gets the match going to his left and it's an immediate error from Marcelo Bosch, who is charged down with the ball going into touch six out.

The teams emerge from the changing rooms as the volume increases a notch at Twickenham. What a domestic final we have in store. Are you ready?

For Northampton, Kahn Fotuali'i wears the number nine shirt, swapping places with Lee Dickson, with Salesi Ma'afu returning to their pack at tighthead prop as Tom Mercey drops to the replacements bench.

Owen Farrell was passed fit in the week while Neil de Kock rotates with Richard Wigglesworth to start today at scrum-half. Richard Barrington is in at loosehead prop as Mako Vunipola requires surgery.

Welcome Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of 2013/14's Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton. It promises to be a superb game at Twickenham Stadium with the 15:00 BST kick-off fast approaching. Team news is coming up so stay there.

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