Leicester to face Wasps in Premiership final

Defending champions, Leicester Tigers, have snuck into the final of the Guinness Premiership after a one-point victory over Gloucester.

The midlands team only just made it into the play-offs with a last-minute try from Tom Varndell, whereas the West Countrymen had sat atop the table for most of the season, leading the way along with Bath.

Bath were beaten by Wasps at Adams Park, who are now clear favourites for the title. Lawrence Dallaglio’s side have timed their run perfectly, and they seem to be peaking at the right time.

The Tigers on the other hand have ridden their luck, but they are a team that you wouldn’t bet against causing another upset in the final – and given Danny Cipriani will now miss the big showdown due to an ankle injury, Wasps won’t be at full strength.

It should be another epic Wasps v Leicester battle in two weeks’ time.

5 thoughts on “Leicester to face Wasps in Premiership final

  1. The parallels between Leicester’s position and that of England approaching the 2007 RWC are striking. Team in the doldrums, coaching staff under pressure, talk about player discontent, yet sneaking a couple of great results at the last minute. Cockerill’s comments at the weekend (responding to his gaffe about Tigers not being good enough for the play-offs) about player power even had echoes of the England player “mini-revolt”. So I imagine Tigers fans are looking at this as a poisoned chalice…will this mean messrs. Tom and Wheeler give the coaching staff another season?! I’d love to hear what Tigers fans make of all this.

  2. A hell of a lot hinges on Staunton slotting in and getting the Wasps back line moving. If Walder was fit to play the final I think it would be a pretty seamless transition – he’s looked a much better player since he joined Wasps – but with him out too it won’t be plain sailing.

    Tigers will keep the scoreboard ticking over that’s for sure, what with a good pack and Goode’s kicking game. He certainly pulled his best game out of the bag against Wasps in the EDF too – crap tournament it may be, but I believe both sides were giving that game 100%.

    As Regionalrugby says though, they won’t get as many gifts as Glos gave them (I’m giving Lewsey the benefit of the doubt for his clanger at the weekend as it was quite out of character).

    I see this as a game where the first 10 minutes is absolutely vital in setting the tone for the rest of the game, and I’d never doubt Tigers’ ability to start strongly.

    I’m predicting a Wasps win, but I reckon there’ll be only one or two scores in it.

  3. i feel very sorry for Gloucester and especially Dean Ryan. He has stuck by those players through all their recent dissapointments and they have not repaid his faith. I tend to agree with his thoughts – they aren’t chokers they just aren’t good enough.
    Wasps don’t just have Cipriani to think about, Joe Ward and Tom Voyce went off with injuries too. That will be a real leveller and i agree with Rob, the match will be very close. Both teams despise eachother and the breakdown will be ferocious. With a completely biased viewpoint i think that Payne, Shaw, Haskell and Rees have more in their locker than White, Kay, Herring and Corry and i think (hope) Wasps will edge it.

  4. I’ll go for Tigers – someone on here has to. I honestly think that if these teams (in their current states) played 10 times, Wasps would win 6 or more, but in a one-off like this it could go either way. The Dallaglio story is a factor, but no team would take more pleasure in ruining the happy ending. And 10 is such a key position – cancelling out Goode will be critical, but he may find things too easy without Cipriani.

  5. Agreed with Uncle Mat.

    In the one off game, and with everything that goes with it, i can really see the Tigers doing something.

    There’s no doubt that Wasps have the edge, but it’s not as much as some people are suggesting.

    If the Tigers start well then i can see them hanging on. Reckon whoever gets the early score will go on and win

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