Saturday 20 July 2019

'It was one of the best finals' - Leinster fans praise worthy champions as drive for five comes to a halt

Leinster players following the Heineken Champions Cup Final match between Leinster and Saracens at St James' Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Leinster players following the Heineken Champions Cup Final match between Leinster and Saracens at St James' Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
L to R: Leinster fans Aidan Dillon and Michael Carolan from Co Meath
Rory Tevlin

Rory Tevlin

Leinster's drive for five came to a shuddering halt as the Saracens juggernaut put paid to their challenge.

Leinster fans will travel home knowing their team gave their best but were beaten by a worthy champion.

Tries from Sean Maitland and the monstrous Billy Vunipola saw Sarries home and they fully deserved it.

Leinster will now have to pick themselves up again after a bruising defeat.

In the aftermath of the game fans were not despondent but acknowledged Sarries had outmuscled the blues.

John Lynch and Patricia from Rathmines in Dublin agreed it was a game of fine margins.

John said: "Sarries were invincible in defence. They were awesome.

"That was one of the best finals. Two great teams.

"You couldn't really pick a Leinster player who played too badly."

Patricia added: "The try at half time was the big difference."

Conor Lawson from Skerries, north Dublin flat referee Jerome Garces let Saracens away lightly on the offside line.

He said: "Itoje and the vunipolas were at it all game.

"It's tough to take."

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