Saracens Score Back-to-Back European Champions Cup Finals
Saracens became the fourth team to successfully defend the European Cup with a 28-17 win over Clermont Auvergne at Murrayfield.
Chris Ashton racked up the first points of the game within the 15 minute mark. The score brought him to 37 tries overall in the tournament, an all-time European try-scoring record, which was previously held by Vincent Clerc.
An uncharacteristic missed conversion and penalty from Farrell didn’t perturb the Men in Black, and after Goode broke through Clermont’s ranks to make it within inches of the line, it was from close range that Kruis drove it over to score. Farrell completed an easy conversion taking the score to 12-0.
The challengers answered back with a try from Lamerat following a 5 metre scrum and a swift conversion from Para brought the scoreboard to 12-7 at half-time.
In the second half Clermont held the Sarries back just metres from the line, but thanks to an advantage given, Farrell kicked an easy penalty to put the score at 15-7.
However, Clermont responded in kind only a couple of minutes later, with a counter run from the 5 metre line which ended with Abendanon sprinting over the score-line from 25m out. Parra again converted, bringing the score to 15-14.
Saracens got close to the Clermont line again in the 57th minute with big powerplays from Billy V, Brits and Goode, but after an infringement Farrell settles for a penalty. Clermont again kept the the Men in Black on their toes with Parra kicking over a penalty after the Sarracens pack fails to drive straight, bringing the score back to within a point, at 18-17.
Saracen’s fans had only worry for less than 15 minutes though, as after a few scrappy scrums Goode slips through Clermont’s defence, and with a further conversion from Farrell, brought the score to 25-17 with less than ten minutes to go.
Farrell added further salt into Clermont’s wounds by adding a further 3 points onto the table after Clermont gave away a penalty on their own 22, ending the game a couple of minutes later at 28-17!