Superb Saracens retain European title


But number 37 at Murrayfield is not occupying his thoughts.

"We felt like we were on top but didn't quite get the tries we should have got, so to stay as composed as we did and to stick in there and finally win it was really pleasing".

Saracens: tries: Ashton, Kruis, Goode; conversions: Farrell 2; penalties: Farrell 3.

After the match a procession of their players lined up to be interviewed on the pitch and to a man they referenced the togetherness of the squad as being key to the victory.

"We are very consistent and our history shows this".

"I think they are significantly better than Racing 92 were past year - although they did incredibly well to reach the Champions Cup final and then go on to win the Top 14". In fact, it is how they prefer it. "Our effort was good, but we made a lot of mistakes. We don't know what we're missing but hopefully one day it turns our way". The energy comes from within the group and it just gives you a focus.

"That being said, I think if we look back on the squad that we had for the Champions Cup Final previous year there are probably likely to be 19 out of that 23-man squad available this time, which is a good sign".

It was the third final loss in five years for Clermont.

When the stars align, they play rugby from another galaxy but the problem all too often is an inability to get over the line.

The French side are the almost men of European rugby, having won only one of the now 15 top-tier French and European finals they have been in. Scott Spedding ran it back from inside his 22. "We're not going to hide from that".

"It may or may not need surgery, but we won't find out for a few days". But we have the opportunity to write a new chapter.

"But if that does happen then we have enough experience to deal with that". We have a big responsibility to the people and the club.

Defeat enhanced Clermont's reputation as rugby's "nearly" side. They are proud of their club. My name is up there, but a lot of it belongs to this club.

But the former England winger was not denied for long as 11 minutes later he ran on to a chipped kick by Goode which bounced perfectly to enable him to gather and dive over. David Strettle 13. Aurélien Rougerie 12.

They know their game plan and each other inside out.

Farrell and Parra traded penalties, and Clermont continued its revival with a 90-meter counterattack capped by a Nick Abendanon try from a superb offload by flanker Peceli Yato.

After Saracens' remarkable shift in the semi-final against Munster and Clermont's ability to swagger, there is a temptation to bill today's final as the best attack against the most formidable defence - the irresistible force against the immovable object.

They needed a try to finish the Frenchmen off and twice came agonisingly close, but Camille Lopez got a hand to one try-scoring pass - not a deliberate knock-on ruled referee Nigel Owens - and Billy Vunipola was bundled into touch a yard from the line.

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