It was the fourth meeting between the two sides in the Heineken Champions Cup, the three previous clashes were all won by the Irish province including a 30-19 victory in their only knockout encounter, in the quarter-final last season.
No side had averaged more tries per game than Leinster or Saracens in the competition this season, with both finalists scoring 32 times in their eight matches.
However it was to be Saracens day, who ran out deserved 20 – 10 winners in front of over 50,000 spectators.
While Saracens came away with the victory there was near unanimous agreement that game was of test match intensity and a match that was fiercely contested in every facet of game.
Many commentators were left breathless by the brutal contest.
— Lewis Moody (@LewisMoody7) May 11, 2019
I’m knackered watching this. Quality all over the field. Who wins? ????. #ChampionsCup
— Charlie Hodgson (@CHodgson10) May 11, 2019
Hell of a ding dong in the @ChampionsCup Final, I must admit Jerome Garces is handling it well at the minute!
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) May 11, 2019
Will Skelton is playing, world class.
— Jim Hamilton #DMWJ (@jimhamilton4) May 11, 2019
— Graham Love (@GLove39) May 11, 2019
"What a quality outfit, deserved champions!"
Saracens have won it! ?
A third Champions Cup win and what a performance to get it done!
— Watch the Champions Cup final live on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) May 11, 2019
Saracens’ win was the ninth time an English club have lifted the trophy, more than any other nation. The North London club won all nine of their Heineken Champions Cup matches this season.
They were good value for the win today, but honestly there is so little between Saracens & Leinster (+ a lot of similarities). How could they differentiate themselves? Bring through next gen w/o poor patch Leinster had after the last RWC? Nice goal…if they’re brave enough. ?
— Alex Shaw (@alexshawsport) May 11, 2019
— chris jones (@chrisjonespress) May 11, 2019
— Will Kelleher (@willgkelleher) May 11, 2019
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 11, 2019
Only on two previous occasions has a side won every match on their way to lifting the trophy – Saracens themselves did it in 2015/16 before Leinster also achieved the feat last season.
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