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Tigers and Saints prepare for final

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints Photo: ITV Central News

Two big East Midlands rivals will square up at a sell-out Twickenham tomorrow afternoon, in the Aviva Premiership Final. Leicester Tigers will take on Northampton Saints in front of 85,000 fans.

Leicester reached the final – their ninth in succession – after beating Harlequins in the semi-finals. Northampton saw off Saracens to make it to the final for the first time.

Tiger Tom Croft. Credit: ITV News Central

The Tigers will be hot favourites – the Saints have failed to beat them in their last six Premiership encounters. But Leicester director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, says there's no danger of complacency.

"They're a physical side," he said, "and any side that can go to Saracens and win know that they can go and win anywhere."

Jim Mallinder, director of rugby at Northampton, knows it will be tough.

"They've got six British Lions playing for them so the majority of people will expect them to win – but we know on our day we can beat anybody," he said.

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