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Tuesday 21 May 2019

The Left Wing: Champions Cup final preview - what Leinster must do to overcome Saracens

Tadhg Furlong will be up against Mako Vunipola when Leinster take on Saracens in the Champions Cup final. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tadhg Furlong will be up against Mako Vunipola when Leinster take on Saracens in the Champions Cup final. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald preview the Champions Cup final with Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O'Connor of the Irish Independent.

Leinster vs Saracens is the dream final match-up, pitting last year's winners against the side who won back-to-back European crowns in 2016 and 2017. Leinster got the better of the English giants in the quarter-final last year en route to glory but Saracens are fully fit and firing on all cylinders ahead of this weekend's tie.

The lads go through some of the mouthwatering head-to-head match-ups that could decide the outcome, from Mako Vunipola vs Cian Healy to Owen Farrell vs Johnny Sexton.

Luke says the the battle between the packs will decide the outcome, while Ruaidhri thinks that referee Jerome Garces could be a key figure after allowing a free-for-all at the breakdown in the semi-final between Saracens and Munster.

The lads also debate who is the best Champions Cup team ever, and look back at Leinster's journey over the last ten years on the anniversary of their first ever Heineken Cup triumph.

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