surf 'n' turf; RUGBY UNION: SARRIES RIDE WAVE TO FINAL Tigers slam plastic pitch for Tuilagi injury wipeout.
Byline: ADAM HATHAWAY at Allianz Park
ENGLAND boss Eddie Jones suffered a double injury shock with Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell limping off as Saracens marched to a Premiership final date with Exeter.
Leicester centre Tuilagi went off after just 22 minutes with a hamstring pull and Farrell exited with a rib injury courtesy of being clattered twice in the 60th minute - a day before Jones names his tour squad for Australia.
Tuilagi looked devastated as he left the artificial pitch, leaving his boss Richard Cockerill to have a pop at the controversial Allianz Park playing surface, which he believes had a part in the injury.
Cockerill said: "Rugby should be played on grass. For me artificial pitches are not for rugby union, there should be minimum standards of grass pitches across the Premiership. I don't believe artificial pitches are great for the body, though I'm sure you could find an argument either way."
Tuilagi has been plagued with groin, knee and hamstring problems that have wrecked his season, and now his summer could be Artificial pitches are not great for the body... and not for rugby wrecked as well. Cockerill added: "It is not ideal. He came off pretty quickly and it does not look brilliant. We will have to assess him over the next couple of days."
Fly-half Farrell got whacked after an hour and hobbled back into the line before copping another big hit from replacement prop Ellis Genge. It remains to be seen if Farrell can make next weekend's final and the tour Down Under. But he looks to have more chance of making Australia than Tuilagi.
Saracens were 31-0 up at half-time as they capitalised on every Leicester mistake and finished with five tries - including two for another tour candidate, Chris Ashton.
But coach Mark McCall was still not happy and demanded they go up a level at Twickenham to claim a European and domestic double after last Saturday's 21-9 win in the Champions Cup final.
McCall said: "I am a bit confused. Last weekend our performance was incredible and not really reflected on the scoreboard. This week the scoreboard was probably too kind to us. There were areas of our game we weren't that happy with and we need to be better next week if we are going to win this thing.
"At times our defence was extraordinarily good and led to turnover tries for us - but at other times we were sloppy.
"This will be our fifth final out of a possible six in three years and when you are there you want to win it."
Will Fraser started the rout when he scooted over on seven minutes - meaning he will now lose the shaggy beard he has grown for charity.
Wing Chris Wyles went over for his first to make it 14-0 before Ashton's brilliant finish from Alex Goode's pass for the third. Wyles then intercepted a Ben Youngs pass and raced 60 metres and, after Leicester's brief second-half rally, Ashton's second put the lid on it.
SARACENS: Tries: Fraser, Wyles 2, Ashton 2; Con: Farrell 4, Hodgson; Pens: Farrell, Hodgson 2. LEICESTER: Tries: Veainu, Barrow; Con: Williams 2; Pen: Williams
HIT AND STUNNED: Owen Farrell injured rib
HAMSTRING: Manu Tuilagi is crocked in the first half
chris cross for glory Chris Ashton scores Saracens' third try in their semi-final victory over Leicester
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 22, 2016|
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