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Saints seal Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl title in a Derby thriller

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Saints came back from 11-points down to take the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl title in a Derby thriller with Leicester Tigers at the Gardens.

Stepping out in their new Lime green to start their first game against London Irish, Saints stormed to an opening score through Junior Academy youngster Ollie Sleightholme out wide. Irish levelled things with a score of their own but Tom Collins crossed on the stroke of half time to see Saints back in the lead.

Coming back from the break, Irish drew first blood in the second forty but two late crackers from Alex Mitchell and Fraser Dingwall secured Saints a place in the Bowl final.

Facing local rivals Leicester Tigers in a Derby Bowl Final, Saints got off to a slow start. Tigers got over the whitewash first through Owen Water before Saints got off the mark. It was to be George Furbank that crossed for Saints first before Tom Collins got his first score on the game on the stroke of half time.

Saints' three point lead was short-lived though as Tigers first sent Tom Ffitch and then Charlie Dockery over, creating an 11 point deficit.

Saints had not finished with the game though and Tom Emery broke free to score and reduce the gap to just four. With less than a minute left to play, tension was high. Saints won the restart, however, and sent an kick chase through. Stepping his way through "half of Leicestershire" as BT Sport put it, Tom Collins beat his opposite man to the ball and dotted down in a dramatic finish to see Saints crowned Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl Champions.