Was this the best Guinness Premiership final ever? The Tigers are the champions after a 33-27 victory over Saracens.
The game was truly marvellous as a spectacle, with both sides playing with width and looking for space, despite the damp conditions. Every time it looked as though Leicester were about to pull away, Sarries clawed their way back into it.
And then they took the lead with a penalty with three minutes remaining, and it looked as though they had the game won – but then Dan Hipkiss killed the dream within a minute by scoring the final try that won it for the Tigers.
There were notable performances from Ben Youngs and Toby Flood, who could be England’s first choice half-back pairing this summer, whilst Ernst Joubert and Alex Goode stood out for Saracens.
Credit is due to both sides for putting on such a wonderful display, but the same can’t be said for the crowd that booed Toby Flood as he lined up a kick – the Sarries fans clearly thought that the penalty was unjust. It was the loudest booing I’ve heard at Twickers – louder even than when Andy Robinson graced the big screen for the last time – and there really is no place for it in the game.
That was the only negative element to a tremendous occasion, although Saracens will be devastated this evening. Congratulations to Leicester, who make worthy champions as always, but it was very nearly so different.