Munster vs Saracens – European Champions Cup – Semi Final

Munster away is always going to be a challenge. An emotionally charged Munster away is going to be nearly impossible. The mourning on Axel Foley’s death still powers Munster and Saracens would have to be on their best form to beat the Munster men. It was all set to be action packed but who would come out on top?

Owen Farrell started the scoring through the boot and he then combined with Marcelo Bosch to start a move. The Argentine found Chris Ashton who then shipped the ball onto Alex Goode and then to Sean Maitland. Maitland dashed away from Andrew Conway but rushed his pass back on the inside to Richard Wiggleworth. The scrum half spilt the ball and the opportunity was squandered.

Tyler Bleyendaal notched a penalty before Jackson Wray came flying in with a high shot on Duncan Williams. The flanker was then shown a yellow card. However, Sarries absorbed the pressure despite being a man down and earnt a penalty. This allowed Owen Farrell to land another penalty but this time during the yellow card period. The halftime score was close a 3-6 to Saracens.

Sarries then butchered another opportunity when George Kruis was allowed to pick and go. He reached out but disappointingly he spilt the ball! Munster were getting away with alot without getting alot due to Saracens great defence.

Munster could not keep on relying on Saracens squandering opportunities and eventually Mako Vunipola clattered over. He was supported by Richard Barrington and the two props linked to power over. Farrell converted and got another penalty.

Owen Farrell was influentual and he played another crucial role in another Saracens score. The fly half dabbed a perfect grubber kick through which Chris Wyles pulled the ball out of Simon Zebo’s grip to score. Farrell converted and kept up his 100% kick success with yet another penalty.

Munster did snatch one try when CJ Stander tapped and went from a penalty; consequently crashing over the line. It nothing more than consolation though with Saracens having securd the victory some time ago. 2 years in a row. 2 times Saracens have been in the European Champions Cup final.

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