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

Billy Vunipola was one of two Saracens try scorers as they became champions of Europe for the third time

Vunipola had played a big part in silencing Leinster's fans by the time he was replaced wincing late in a fierce clash of the titans in Newcastle, having scored his side's second try in a 20-10 victory for Sarries that saw his brother Mako forced off in the first half due to injury.

Saracens fullback Alex Goode has been named European Player of the Year 2018 after a stellar season for his club.

England's Saracens were crowned champions of Europe for the third time in four years on Saturday as they surged back from 10-0 down to overwhelm last year's winners Leinster 20-10 in a ferocious final.

Vunipola and his team-mates had to dig deep to overturn a 10-0 deficit and McCall said: "It's obviously been a complicated five or six weeks for him and for the squad, but what we needed from him was to do his talking on the field, not off it".

"It was pivotal in terms of the way it changed the momentum of the game", said Saracens centre Brad Barritt, who emerged with the man of the match prize after becoming only the second player to captain a team to three wins in Europe's premier club competition after Leinster coach Leo Cullen. We created a lot of opportunities and we just need to nail those chances against a very, very good team. We probably didn't quite get it right today, but it's tough out there.

'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.

"I can't speak highly enough of the leaders around me".

Leeds United stuck in English Championship for another year
And after the win, Derby's players mocked Leeds spying on them by making binocular signs to their celebrating fans at Elland Road. And in their post-match celebrations, Derby players felt the need to rub salt into Leeds' wounds. "Maybe, maybe [it is sweeter]".

Saracens won their first Champions Cup in 2016 with a 21-9 win over Racing 92 and defended their title the following season with a 28-17 victory over Clermont.

Saracens will hope to complete the double when they return to domestic action, guaranteed a home semi-final in the Premiership playoffs, while Leinster will seek consolation via the Pro 14, where they face Muster in the semi-finals.

"We met at a quarter-final stage previous year, obviously we had home advantage that day". "Even though we weren't missing tackles, but they kept pressing us back and steamrolled us at times".

"For us, I thought our guys fronted up unbelievably well, stuck in so many collisions, were dominant in a lot of collisions, particularly early in the game with some of those big men running at them".

"At the time, we wanted to stick the ball on Billy Vunipola on his 22 and get a two-score lead at half-time", said captain Johnny Sexton.

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.

"We're gutted now but we just need to dust ourselves off".

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