Saracens rule Europe again after powering past Leinster

Saracens rule Europe again after powering past Leinster

This was also the Allianz Park outfit's first win over Leinster in Champions Cup and they couldn't have chosen a better time than this.

McCall added: "To be 10-0 down against a side of the quality of Leinster is obviously not the greatest position to be in, and then to lose Maro to the sin-bin around that time as well..."

"There were a few words said behind the posts after Leinster scored their try". We were up against a very, very good team.

'It was nearly like the Maro yellow card released us and allowed us to play our game, and it's pleasing when you can have a reaction, ' said man-of-the-match Barritt after Leinster were denied a record fifth triumph.

"But more importantly, the way the team responded to those key messages, because a message is only as good as the guys who follow it, and they were phenomenal".

In denying Cullen's Leinster what would have been a record fifth title, Saracens became only the fourth team to complete a hat-trick of Champions Cup wins, following Toulouse, Leinster and Toulon.

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They were left ruing their inability to hold on to the hard-earned lead they gained courtesy of a 32nd-minute try by prop Tadhg Furlong and a conversion and penalty by their captain and stand-off Johnny Sexton.

It meant Itoje wearing Saracens' number-six shirt, and Will Skelton partnering George Kruis in the second-row, while Leinster were unchanged following their semi-final victory over Toulouse last month.

Alex Goode is still dreaming of an England recall after being named European Player of the Year and says Saracens must "come out throwing punches" in pursuit of another double. "He's saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be".

"They are so many moments in the game... ultimately Saracens probably capitalised on their opportunities a bit better than we did". We can either mope for 10 minutes and cling on, or we can take it to them.

"We're gutted but we don't want to blame anybody. We'll talk about so many different areas of the game but we need to just try and move on as quickly as possible because we have a huge game against Munster next Saturday".

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