Saracens must put their European Champions Cup celebrations on hold in order to remain fully focused on reaching the Premiership final next weekend, says Billy Vunipola.
A 28-17 victory over Clermont Auvergne at Murrayfield on Saturday saw Sarries retain their European crown, Owen Farrell kicking 13 points around tries from Chris Ashton, George Kruis and Alex Goode.
Goode’s late score sparked wild celebrations within the Saracens team, but Vunipola insists they will quickly turn their attention to Saturday’s Premiership semi-final with Exeter Chiefs.
Victory would keep Mark McCall’s men on track for a third successive title, something the England forward is desperate to achieve.
“As a team we’re pretty out there and we want to win next week and hopefully push on to the Premiership final,” he told Sky Sports.
“We don’t want to say we’re the best team blah blah blah, then miss out next week.
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“This year has been a bit unorthodox with the way we’ve done things, with boys getting injured and everybody writing us off.
“But the boys showed fight and determination to get back here again and then push it over the line.
“Our coach Mark McCall said to us at the start of the season that the potential was there for us to be better than last year, it’s just whether we were willing to fight for it.
“It just shows how hungry we are because it was tougher this year. At certain times we didn’t have our whole team but we dealt with it amazingly well and that’s testament to the group we have.
“It’s just such a great thing to be a part of. I’m just happy to be involved with such an amazing team.
“We’ll enjoy this one for a couple of days but we have a massive game next week and we need to recover, focus, then get back into it.”