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Summary

  1. Saracens go second in the table with victory at Welford Road
  2. Owen Farrell kicks 19 points as Sarries win for first time in eight games
  3. Leicester's Jonny May sent off after second yellow card for deliberate knock-on
  4. Tigers stay sixth in the Premiership, five points outside the top four

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a very merry Christmas!

    FT: Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Jamie George

    Right, that is your lot.

    Saracens cap off the pre-Christmas rugby union offering with a hard-fought win against Leicester Tigers.

    Enough hard tackling, blood spilt and tries scored to earn you your Christmas lunch tomorrow.

    Thanks for joining us here on BBC Sport. We'll be back with more Premiership rugby union next weekend.

    Until then, eat, drink and be merry. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Table talk

    FT: Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Saracens go second in the Premiership after that one. Edging Wasps into third.

    Leicester stay sixth, still top half. But out of Europe already and pondering a tough second-half of the campaign.

    Plenty to be impressed by, plenty to work on.

  3. Post update

    FT: Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Saracens back-rower Jackson Wray told BT Sport:

    "We knew it was a massive game, about backing up. We knew we have to be better, but in general, we're chuffed about that.

    "We tried to get tighter, not the first time we've been in a period like this, We worked hard but have not been as smart.

    "We had to focus on being tighter, making things simpler and getting back to our game plan."

  4. Full-time

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Saracens end their seven-game losing run in the furnace that is Welford Road, against a Leicester side that were immensely game but failed to match the accuracy of their visitors.

    Chinks in the armour of both teams are evident, there will be an inquest.

    Both teams have earned their turkey though. Hard graft over craft.

  5. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Saracens are going to get the points here, but there's no festive joy on the face of Mark McCall.

    More relief.

    Let's face it, this hasn't been too pretty on the whole.

    Not the football that's going to scare Europe's best.

    Sarries scrum penalty. That's it, bar the whistle.

  6. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Saracens smuggle the ball up the jumper, drive a maul. Eat up a few seconds. Then take their time at the ruck.

    Use it calls Matt Carley. Ben Spencer kicks. Leicester go for broke. Adam Thompstone spills...

    We've come back for a Saracens scrum. Time being chewed up, until the clock is stopped.

  7. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Leicester get a free-kick. Try to tap it quick and fumble it.

    Matt Carley brings it back. "Took it from the wrong place."

    Sarries are furious!

    Now the touch judge... Incorrectly taken free-kick was spotted by the assistant referee and Ben Youngs is vexed. Bounced off the knee rather than the foot.

    Then Sarries get a scrum penalty! That's the pressure released! Tigers will be so angry.

  8. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    More scrum problems. Both teams unable to set properly.

    Sarries walking a knife-edge at scrum-time. Leicester know they are bossing it.

    Now Matt Carley calls time-off. Not what Sarries want to hear...

  9. Post update

    Leicester Tigers 17-29 Saracens

    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Leicester need a seven-pointer. But they cannot afford to burn the clock too much to get it.
  10. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    HELD UP OVER THE LINE, TIGERS!

    Another scrum to come for Sarries though. Lesser of two evils that!

  11. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Tigers grind away. The line in sight. Try to go over the top. Stopped...

  12. Post update

    Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Leicester are extremely game aren't they? Roared on by fanatical support. They keep bashing away when they have the ball. However 14 men against this hugely professional Sarries side might not be enough.

    Tigers no lack of heart, or effort. But it's not been a high quality game in honesty.

    Oh, Mako Vunipola's gone off now - yellow card. Not his night at the scrum.

  13. Post update

    Leicester Tigers 17-29 Saracens

    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Saracens have certainly had some help from Tigers. Leicester have made so many mistakes and have kept on handing the ball back.
  14. Penalty: Leicester 17-29 Saracens

    Owen Farrell

    Owen Farrell snaps a fifth goal off the tee to give Saracens a 12-point lead.

    Game over?

  15. Red card: Jonny May

    Leicester 17-26 Saracens

    Jonny May begins the walk to the touchline

    Red card for a second deliberate knock-on of the game. Harsh. But Saracens will take it.

    I'm not a fan of that law.

  16. Post update

    Leicester 17-26 Saracens

    Matt Toomua spills after a smart scrum-base play. Saracens sweep it up and go for broke.

    Lovely kick to the corner from Owen Farrell is chased hard by Michael Rhodes... he gathers! Tries to punch the ball back but the ball is knocked down.

    Is it a deliberate move?

  17. Post update

    Leicester Tigers 17-26 Saracens

    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I've called Owen Farrell efficient and fantastic and he's been useless in the last five minutes. What's going on?
  18. Post update

    Leicester 17-26 Saracens

    Owen Farrell got clattered. Marcelo Bosch goes for a drop. Misses.

    22-drop out gives Saracens the ball back. We're in a key phase here.

    Forward fumble by the visitors gives the ball back to Tigers. Scrappy.

  19. Post update

    Leicester Tigers 17-26 Saracens

    Paul Grayson

    Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Saracens' attacking shapes are starting to look good again. When Owen Farrell carries the ball he has four or five options and that is ideal for a fly-half. It's hard to defend, particularly in the latter stages when players are fatigued.
  20. Post update

    Leicester 17-26 Saracens

    Commentators curse. Leicester Tigers turn that on its head by winning a scrum penalty off the second bite.

    Sarries' best play for me has been in the loose, why get bogged down in the set-piece?

    Tigers error at a line-out gives Saracens possession. Into the 22...