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- Semi Final
- 16th May 2014
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 13,591
Aviva Premiership: Northampton bury Leicester hoodoo myth in semi-final
Northampton Saints have buried the myth of Leicester Tigers' hoodoo over the Franklin's Gardens club, according to Premiership semi-final match-winner Tom Wood.
England flanker Wood claimed the try that sunk Leicester in Northampton's breathless 21-20 victory on Friday night.
Leicester powered into a 17-6 half-time lead, and Saints' outlook became increasingly bleak when prop Salesi Ma'afu was sent off for punching Tom Youngs.
Tries from George North and Wood cancelled out Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs' scores, as Saints sneaked to their second successive final.
Last season Dylan Hartley's red card allowed Leicester to swipe the title 37-17 at Twickenham.
One year on and Wood and company have eased those memories somewhat: but also ended Leicester's run of 10 games without defeat over their fierce rivals.
"I've always known we've had it in us," said Wood, already eyeing a first Premiership title.
"It's been frustrating to talk about being nearly men, about this omen, and this hold Leicester have had over us.
"It's a bit of a myth really because it's such tight margins, we've drawn and been very competitive.
"It's been so frustrating, to know you've got that in you. And we could have been so much better in this game even.
"So to get over the line finally is a huge positive and something we're really proud of."
Jim Mallinder's side face Bath in the Amlin Challenge Cup final on Friday, May 23, before heading to Twickenham for the Premiership showpiece a week later.
"It's a pretty big high that: the atmosphere was amazing, a proper East Midlands derby, all sorts to talk about and loads to contend with," said Wood.
Dejected Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admitted his side's indiscipline cost them a 10th-straight Premiership final berth.
Dan Bowden, Vereniki Goneva and Tom Youngs all picked up yellow cards, while there was an increasing penalty count in the second half.
"It hurts because it's Northampton, and it hurts because it's a semi-final," said Cockerill.
"They deserved it and we just made far too many errors. Ultimately not winning silverware is a big disappointment and effectively a failure for a club of our stature.
"But my players have given everything and I am extremely proud of what they have achieved.
"Northampton are a good club and we are a great club. They celebrated like they had won the title out there. They will move on to the final and good luck to them, but we will be back stronger next season."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|13:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
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