LEICESTER boss Richard Cockerill is relishing renewing hostilities with Saracens after Toby Flood kicked the Tigers into the Premiership final.
Five penalties from fly-half Flood saw them come from behind to beat Bath, who had led through the boot of Olly Barkley.
Saracens ended Leicester’s proud unbeaten home record, which had survived almost two whole seasons, in a controversial clash earlier this month. Sarries boss Brendan Venter and hooker Schalk Brits were both charged with misconduct for alleged offences after the match, which should all ensure a feisty rematch at Twickenham on Saturday 29 May.
“Sarries are a good side,” said Cockerill of his final opponents, who beat Northampton in the other play-off.
“To go to Saints, then to come here and go to Saints again in the last three weeks and win them all, you can’t take anything away from them.
“Love them or hate them, Brendan is doing a good job and they are a very difficult side to beat. Hopefully it will be an entertaining game.”
Despite prevailing, Cockerill was unhappy with referee Chris White for what he saw as a lack of consistency at the breakdown.
“There is a lot of skill in scrummaging,” he added. “They [props] are very expensive people to buy and you would like to be able to use them, wouldn’t you?
“I was a little bit frustrated with some of the decisions.”