Saracens returned to winning ways in the Premiership as they beat Leicester 29-17 in a pulsating clash at Welford Road on Sunday.
A spell of three domestic losses was ended in this fixture thanks to a penalty try, Jamie George’s crossing and the boot of Owen Farrell.
Tigers scored through Mathew Tait and a penalty try but May’s two yellows proved costly as they missed the chance to go above Sarries.
Saracens racked up an early 10-0 buffer thanks to Farrell’s successful penalty following a breakdown offence, which preceded a penalty try.
The seven-pointer was compounded for Tigers by wing May being yellow carded for deliberately knocking on only metres before the line.
15 minutes later Saracens moved even further ahead when George sprinted over from 20 metres out, with Farrell making it a 17-0 lead.
Tigers needed something on the board and got just that on 28 minutes after sustained pressure led to Tait making it 17-7 thanks to Adam Thompstone’s superb offload. Soon after, George Ford added to his earlier conversion with a penalty goal for a 17-10 half-time scoreline.
Saracens extended their lead to 10 eight minutes into the second period after a Farrell penalty and he then struck a drop-goal for 23-10.
But Tigers supporters were given hope of a comeback just before the hour mark as a series of scrums close to Saracens’ try-line led to a penalty try being awarded. However, fly-half Farrell swiftly slotted his third penalty to make it 26-17 to the visitors with 19 minutes remaining.
Then came May’s second yellow card, again for a slap-down of a pass, and with Farrell turning to screw, Saracens ran out 29-17 winners.
Tries: Tait, Penalty try
Yellow Cards: May 2
Tries: Penalty try, George
Pens: Farrell 4
Drop Goal: Farrell
Yellow Card: Vunipola