Champions Cup | Leinster fall short against Saracens

Champions Cup | Leinster fall short against Saracens
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Saracens have won their third European title in four seasons after beating Leinster 20-10 in the Champions Cup final.

Leinster took a 10-0 lead through a Johnny Sexton penalty and a Tadhg Furlong try (converted by Sexton) at St. James’ Park, with Furlong’s try coming just two minutes after Maro Itoje was shown a yellow card for Saracens.

However, Saracens drew level before half-time, despite losing Maro Itoje to a yellow card in the 29th minute.

Owen Farrell kicked a 38th minute penalty to get the English side on the scoreboard, and Sean Maitland crossed the white line in stoppage time to score their first try.

Leinster missed the chance to kick the ball dead, and Maitland punished them in ruthless fashion.

England international Farrell converted to make it 10 points apiece at the interval.

Scott Fardy was shown a yellow card in the 57th minute under intense pressure from Saracens deep in the Leinster half, and Saracens made Leinster pay.

Farrell kicked the resulting penalty, and Billy Vunipola smashed his way over the line eight minutes later to extend Saracens’ lead to 18-10.

Farrell converted to make it double scores, and Saracens held out to become the most successful English rugby club of all time and deny Leinster a record fifth European triumph in the process.

“We’re very gutted that we just couldn’t do that bit better,” Leinster head coach Leo Cullen told RTÉ Sport afterwards. 

“We definitely had chances but couldn’t quite nail home that advantage when Itoje was in the bin. 

“And at the start of the second half, we had some chances again and couldn’t quite finish them. And when Sarries get their noses in front, they’re a hard team to slow down.”

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