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Saracen Venter hails title rivals Leicester.

Summary: Brendan Venter admits he has complete admiration for the empire Leicester have built as English rugby's most successful club.

Brendan Venter admits he has complete admiration for the empire Leicester have built as English rugby's most successful club.

But Venter's Saracens team are just one win away from succeeding the Tigers as Guinness Premiership champions.

The clubs are set to clash at Twickenham - without Saracens boss Venter due to his 10-week touchline suspension and Rugby Football Union-imposed ban from the ground.

Should Saracens maintain impressive recent form - successive away wins against Leicester and Northampton (twice) - then their South African rugby director could have cause to celebrate a first major trophy for the club since 1998, even if he cannot be there in person.

Yet he is also quick to salute Leicester, who appear in their sixth successive Premiership final in pursuit of a successful title defence following last season's 10-9 victory over London Irish.

"Leicester deserve a lot of credit," said Venter. "You don't build an organisation like Leicester has built for so many years unless you are very close-knit. We've said before that Leicester is the one club in England that we look up to in the way they do things and the culture they've created."

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