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Saracens Player Was Out In Full Kit 24 Hours After Winning Cup

16 May 2019

"We were 10-0 down against a quality team so this is a massive win".

There was an extra bonus for Saracens fullback Alex Goode, who, despite being consistently overlooked by England, was named European Player of the Year.

A try by Scotland winger Sean Maitland and a conversion and penalty by England fly-half Owen Farrell drew the Londoners level by half-time and proved the springboard for their third Champions Cup crown in four years. We were up against a very good team, a big physical team with lots of quality.

Barritt became only the second captain after current Leinster boss Leo Cullen to lift European club rugby's showpiece trophy three times, earning a glowing tribute from Saracens rugby director Mark McCall.

"There were a few words said behind the posts after Leinster scored their try".

"We will always look at ourselves first". Everyone is going to talk about the period either side of half-time because that's where Sarries score some points and we give up the advantage that we had built.

"It was nearly like the Maro yellow card released us and allowed us to play our game".

"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".

They also have the chance to complete a European and domestic double, with a place in the English Premiership semi-finals already assured.

"We met at a quarter-final stage a year ago, obviously we had home advantage that day". They have a home semi-final against Irish rivals Munster in Dublin next Saturday.

Captain Sexton was left to rue a missed opportunity after Leinster suffered the heartbreak of defeat in a European final for the first time. "Sometimes, players like Brad don't get the headlines they deserve", McCall said. "They're good at what they do". "Even though we weren't missing tackles, but they kept pressing us back and steamrolled us at times".

"I thought they did that very well. You see the size of some of these Saracens players and they strangled us in the last 20-30 minutes - they are very comfortable in defence". When a team's trying to chase the game against them it's so hard because they're so aggressive.

They overcame a series of setbacks to haul themselves level at halftime and gradually strangled the life out of the normally attack-dominant Irish side with huge physicality and self-belief to triumph 20-10. They were very clear on what we needed to do just a little bit better.

Saracens Player Was Out In Full Kit 24 Hours After Winning Cup