Leicester Tigers finished top of the Gallagher Premiership to win a home semi-final against great rivals Northampton Saints next weekend, but it was a stuttering performance against a combative Wasps side who were trying to complete the double on their neighbors in the Midlands.

As so often this season, Leicester were indebted to the calm assurance and passing skills of George Ford to guide them to victory and he will be sorely missed when he moves to Sale Sharks. It wasn’t a flawless performance from Ford, but he delivered when it mattered most to see a Wasps side that pushed Leicester all the way. Jasper Wiese, the Springbok No 8, was also a key figure for Leicester and his physique was needed throughout the frenetic contest.

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