Tigers are confident that Ford will drive quest for Premiership glory

Leicester Tigers are confident that ‘magical’ George Ford will drive their quest for Premiership glory as he prepares to take on close friend and rival No 10 Owen Farrell

  • Leicester Tigers confident George Ford will drive quest for Premiership glory 
  • Tigers take on Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership final on Saturday
  • Leicester coach Steve Borthwick says Ford is ‘driven to win’ ahead of huge clash 

Leicester are confident that ‘magical’ George Ford will drive their quest for Premiership glory on Saturday with the same intensity and nous as his good friend and rival No 10, Owen Farrell.

The top-flight final at Twickenham will revolve around a fascinating match-up between the two men who have been the country’s leading fly-halves for so many years — Ford for Leicester and England captain Farrell for Saracens.

The Tigers booked their place in the Premiership final after Ford scored 22 points in their 27-14 over Northampton Saints on Saturday. 

Leicester Tigers are hoping that George Ford (above) can help inspire them to glory

Steve Borthwick, Leicester’s head coach who worked with the pair during his time in Eddie Jones’ England set-up, said: ‘There are huge similarities between them. They are relentless in their pursuit of excellence. The other similarity is how driven they are to win.’

Borthwick went on: ‘George is an incredible tactical leader and very astute about what the team needs. He has been wonderful all season.’

Leicester full back Freddie Steward added: ‘George is an incredible rugby player who you appreciate more when you play with him. I’m very lucky to be on his side.’

Leicester’s head coach Steve Borthwick said Ford ‘is an incredible tactical leader’

The fly-half scored 22 points against Northampton Saints including a scintillating try of his own to book their place in the final.

Ford combined with Freddie Steward to put the England full-back away for the try that broke the back of the game with 10 minutes left.

The 29-year-old missed the conversion to ensure the home crowd nerves were jingling but his drop goal three minutes from time sealed the trip to HQ. 

Ford made a spectacular break from the Northampton 22 to score under the posts in semi-final

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