A late Nick Ramsey try was enough to earn Saracens a dramatic victory in the final of the U18 Premiership as they defeated defending champions Northampton Saints 23-19.
On their home patch at Allianz Park, a well supported Saracens came flying out of the traps to score through Ethan Waddleton, a try that was converted by the majestic Max Malins.
In truth though that was the last time that the game was truly one side or the others until the final whistle, as both sides enjoyed their moments of possession and dominance, but neither could pull away.
Saints soon hit back following that early setback, with fullback George Furbank finished well in the right hand corner, a corner that was to have a big say later on in the game.
Malins then slotted a penalty for Saracens to extend their advantage to 10-5, but now Northampton were in a period of strength, which scrum half Ben Richardson took advantage of to score a typical scrum halves try as he darted over to level the scores.
Malins was quickly back with a penalty though to nudge his side back in front but Saints were straight back on it, scoring a penalty through substitute fly half James Grayson, on for the injured Gregor Haldane.
That ended a compelling first half at 13-13, choosing a winner felt tough, Northampton Saints were reigning champions and full of confidence, Saracens, on their home patch, looked like they were comfortable too though.
With a quarter of an hour of the second half gone though, it felt like the story might be of Northampton knowing â€˜how to winâ€™, through two further Grayson penalties they had managed to edge their way ahead to a 19-13 lead, and Saracens looked like they were having to work overtime to stay in touch.
Work overtime they did though and through the finesse of Malins and the physicality of Ben Earls and his like, they began to step up their momentum.
First came a try through tighthead Billy Walker, which brought his side to within a point at 18-19. However with Malinsâ€™ touchline conversion bouncing back off the bar, it felt like a crucial miss. Even more so when Saints started to gain control of possession again, forcing Saracens to go in to overtime to secure the ball.
With time ticking though Saracens found themselves deep in Saints territory, battering against the green and yellow wall. The Saints discipline was immaculate but eventually something had to give, and in this case it was the numbers as Ramsey was released down the right hand side for the most dramatic of finishes to the game.
There were still two minutes left though, but Saracens defended them beautifully to see out the game, buoyed by the adrenalin of that superb and dramatic try.
It is a moment that will stay with them for a long time to come. For some it will be just the start of a long and illustrious Saracens career, for others it might be the last time they pull on the shirt, but for all it will be a moment to savour.
It capped a remarkable day, which saw Exeter pick up 5th place with a victory over Gloucester (see report â€“ Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester) and Leicester Tigers claim third with a dominant victory over Bath (see report â€“ Leicester Tigers v Bath). Once again though it was the quality of rugby all around that shone, and the opportunity to see all of these futures stars in action that excited.
For Saracens there should be plenty of those future stars in their ranks.
Full Time: Northampton Saints 19-23 Saracens
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Northampton Saints â€“ Tries, Furbank, Richardson; Pens, Grayson x 3
Saracens â€“ Tries, Waddleton, Walker, Ramsey; Con, Malins; Pens, Malins x 2
15. George FurbankÂ 14. Adam ShawÂ 13. Jamel HamiltonÂ 12. Freddie MckibbinÂ 11. Rotimi SegunÂ 10. Gregor HaldaneÂ 9. Ben RichardsonÂ 1. Ryan EveleighÂ 2. James FishÂ 3. Luc JeannotÂ 4. Alex MoonÂ 5. John Hawkins (c)Â 6. Tim CardallÂ 7. Will AllmanÂ 8. George Cox.
Replacements: 16. Rob MarmionÂ 17. Jake ByrneÂ 18. Ehren PainterÂ 19. Toby TrinderÂ 20. Matt WatsonÂ 21. Rob SmithÂ 22. James GraysonÂ 23. Tosin Segun.
15 Will KayeÂ 14 Alex GilhamÂ 13 Dominic MorrisÂ 12 Fili SavouÂ 11 Euan Dickson-EarleÂ 10 Max MalinsÂ 9 Alex PattonÂ 1 Ralph Hale-AdamsÂ 2 Harrison KingÂ 3 Billy WalkerÂ 4 Danny CutmoreÂ 5 Nick IsiekweÂ 6 Jacob MoodyÂ 7 Ethan WaddletonÂ 8 Ben Earl.
Replacements: 16 Aston LesterÂ 17 Matthew BrooksÂ 18 Seb BrownhillÂ 19 Joe HughesÂ 20 Alex MundayÂ 21 James LennonÂ 22 Nick RamseyÂ 23 Jack Longhurst.