Munster and Leinster given harsh lessons
It was a tough weekend for the Irish provinces in Europe, but Munster and Leinster have learned plenty in this campaign, and I'm sure they'll come back stronger in next year's Champions Cup.
I think it was safe to say that people underestimated just how good that Saracens side are.
In fairness to Munster they stuck in the game but Saracens were hard to break down, and even when they only had 14 men on the field, you could see that the English were well on top.
Saracens knocked on a few times when they were in for a try, and the scoreline could have been bigger.
In the second half Munster couldn't get any control on the game.
But they have been on a great journey, and it's great progression under Rassie Erasmus. They will only get better.
You need to realise where the gap is so you can improve, and they have learned the hard lesson from the best team out there.
They have resolve to get back there in the future, as do Leinster. You can't afford to give away a 15-0 lead against Clermont in a big game like that.
Leinster tried their best in the second half, but it wasn't enough, and the French landed two great drop-goals to close it out.