Saracens set for tougest test as they face Leicester Tigers in Premiership semi-final

Charlie Hodgson should return to the side this weekend: Action Images

Charlie Hodgson should return to the side this weekend: Action Images

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Saracens will face their toughest challenge of the season when they travel to Leicester Tigers for tomorrow’s Premiership play-off semi-final showdown.

The defending champions will meet their rivals, in a repeat of last year’s Twickenham final, but Sarries will have to produce their best at Welford Road if they are to move a step closer to retaining their title.

The Tigers have surged up the table after a brilliant run of ten consecutive victories to pip Saracens in the battle for home advantage.

Leicester also have a remarkable record in knockout ties, having won their last 11 semi-finals in all competitions.

Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall knows his team will be coming up against a supremely confident side this weekend.

McCall said: “They’re obviously playing very well. I think they’ve won eight games in a row [in the Premiership] and they’ve picked up a lot of bonus points. They’ve got a lot of confidence in their team. We’ve had some great contests against them over the last couple of seasons and I’m sure Saturday tea time will be another one of those.”

The last time the two sides met at Welford Road back in September, the Men in Black destroyed an understrength Leicester side 50-25.

It was their third consecutive win at the Tigers but they will face a totally different proposition tomorrow compared to the team they hammered during the middle of last year’s World Cup.

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