• Exeter Chiefs win at Welford Road for a second successive LV= Cup Final appearance
  • Saracens squeeze past Northampton Saints to book spot in the final two
  • Saints just miss out on a home Final at Franklin's Gardens

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Leicester Tigers 22 Exeter Chiefs 30

Exeter Chiefs are now just one win away from back-to-back LV= Cup triumphs but fly-half Ceri Sweeney insists his side will have to be at their very best to down Saracens at Franklin's Gardens.
The Chiefs sealed their place in consecutive finals with a hard-fought 30-22 win over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, crossing three tries through Elvis Taione, Fetu'u Vainikolo and Greg Bateman.

LV= Breakthrough Player Award nominee Tommy Bell kicked 17 points for the hosts, who also scored a try through Michele Rizzo, but the Chiefs were not to be denied another showpiece run out on Sunday.
Sweeney also kicked 15 points in the Semi-Final win and the fly-half admits Saracens, conquerors of Northampton Saints in Saturday's first Semi-Final, will take some stopping.

Leicester Tigers

Tries: Rizzo
Conversions: Bell
Penalty: Bell 4
Drop-goal: Bell

Exeter Chiefs

Tries: Taione, Vainikolo, Bateman
Conversions: Sweeney 3
Penalties: Sweeney 3

Saracens 24 Northampton Saints 20

Saracens starlet Maro Itoje insists his side went into the break knowing they could turn the game around in the second half after the Londoners reached their first LV= Cup Final at the expense of Northampton Saints. The 24-20 defeat is even harder to take for Jim Mallinder's men considering a Franklin's Gardens Final was in their sights after a dominant first half.

Young fly-half Sam Olver scooped up 13 points with a try, conversion and two penalties, and the lethal David Strettle did strike with a converted try.

Mike Ellery's superb break and finish then woke Sarries up from their slumber in the second half, with Saints becoming increasingly sloppy and allowing Ben Spencer to slot through three penalties. Lee Dickson came off the bench and dotted down to make things dicey for Saracens in the final 20 minutes, but a Nils Mordt drop-goal and some last-ditch defending saw them through.


Tries: Strettle, Ellery
Conversions: Spencer
Penalties: Spencer 3
Drop-goal Mordt

Northampton Saints

Tries: Olver, Dickson
Conversions: Olver, Myler
Penalties: Olver 2