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Northampton becomes English champion for 1st time

May 31, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Northampton became English rugby champion for the first time in dramatic circumstances on Saturday, beating Saracens 24-20 in the Premiership final after scoring a try in added-on time in extra time at Twickenham.

A try by replacement prop Alex Waller in the last passage of play in the match was only confirmed after a long review by the television match official.

Northampton’s England center Luther Burrell says “to go to the death like that, I’m just speechless.”

Saracens, who topped the regular-season standings, finish the season empty-handed after also losing the European Cup final to Toulon in Cardiff last weekend.

Extra time was required for the first time in 14 Premiership finals, with the score at 14-14 after 80 minutes following an unconverted try by Saracens center Marcelo Bosch in the 73rd minute.

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