Premiership final: Leicester Tigers title a dream for match-winner Freddie Burns

Freddie Burns holds the Premiership trophy aloft
Freddie Burns was 13 years old when he won his first Premiership title.

Freddie Burns claims he realized a childhood goal when he led Leicester to an 11th Premiership title, scoring a late drop-goal against Saracens.

Ex-England flyhalf, 32, has played in more than 200 Premiership matches. sealed the 15-12 win He made his debut at the showpiece.

As a substitute for George Ford, he was placed on the bench.

Burns said that when he was five, he had two goals. He wanted to play for his country and win a Premiership.

“To win the Premiership is an extraordinary achievement, but it's more special to win it with this team of players than any other.”

Burns has been back from Japan after a short stint, and will be rejoining Tigers this season. Burns made 75 appearances in the East Midlands team between 2014 & 2017.

BBC Radio Leicester asked him if he was afraid he had missed a drop goal chance and he admitted it would have appeared as if Tigers had been “dead andburied” before Owen Farrell scored a late penalty to even the score at 12-12 against 14 man Leicester. Matt Scott was sin-binned just four minutes after the final whistle.

Burns said, “We are always fighting,” Burns added. “We are not dead, we have proven that time after time.”

Chris Ashton, Tigers' winger, expressed gratitude to Burns for “taking advantage of his opportunity when he was given it” in difficult circumstances. Burns replaced Ford, an influential fly-half. Ford scored 22 points in their last match. 27-14 semi-final win Northampton

Ashton stated, BBC Radio 5 Live: “That's just how good a player that he is.”

“This week, he actually told me about a Japanese drop-goal that he attempted to win. He completely failed. So who would have thought that he'd be able to win the game for Leicester today?

After the Twickenham game, Tigers head coach Borthwick hailed Burns “phenomenal”, after which he has helped Leicester rise to the top of the English game.

Borthwick stated, “He is an amazing character who has greatly contributed to the team on and off the pitch.”

“We were suffocated”

Mark McCall, Saracens boss, congratulated Tigers for a “phenomenal year”, having been at the top of the table at each round of regular-season before moving on to the final.

McCall stated that “they were the better team” and deserved to win.

They kept us in our own half for long periods of time and supported that with great defensive work. We felt quite suffocated. We weren't able to do our best.

“Hopefully, we can use the pain we're going through over the next few day in a constructive manner to get back stronger next summer.”

Jamie George, a beaten Saracens hooker, acknowledged that Tigers were the better side but was disappointed by the manner in which they lost.

“It's tough. Horrible, really. “We didn't turn up and that's what's most disappointing,” he stated.

George said, “Some of our major players didn't turn up.”

The England man compared Leicester's performance as the style his team used to win so many European and domestic honors.

George stated that they play a traditional style rugby and are very difficult to beat once they get ahead.

“We didn’t have an answer today, and that is disappointing.”

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