Saturday, 25 May 2013

Twickenham: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints, Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2013

Together at Twickenham

Great cascades of passionate song flowed over the lush Twickenham playing surface this afternoon.
A vibrant crowd of 81,703 packed the magnificent home of English rugby - one of London's great sporting arenas. 
   After an exciting pre-match build-up, this huge crowd saw a powerful Leicester Tigers outfit finally overcome never-say-die Northampton Saints in a fiercely contested Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.
  The fervent on-field rivalry of the two clubs was matched off-field by massed ranks of fans chanting 'Ti-gers..' and 'Come on..Yoooo Saints.'

No segregation of fans needed at Twickenham though. Tigers and Saints supporters sat beside each other and enjoyed their raucous yet good-natured rivalry. 
  Leicester deserved their win but the 37-17 margin owed much to today's match referee Wayne Barnes.
  His clumsy match control sparked some lively comment in the grandstands and in the post-match car park picnic too (below).
That's to put it mildly, Mr Barnes.

With huge thanks to Emily Stroman, Northampton Saints' brilliant mascot, and to Mark and Sally Stroman.

©Words & Photos, Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, 2013

Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, May 2013.

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