Sexton reflects on Champions Cup heartbreak with 'big regret'

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Saracens deserved their clinical triumph but Leinster will regret the loss of control that effectively swung the contest in the crucial minutes before and after the interval, a 10-0 lead simply frittered away.

Goode was named EPCR European Player of the Year, and set about celebrating with the rest of the squad.

"I think we know what to expect, but they're big, big men; very big men".

"There were a few words said behind the posts after Leinster scored their try". We hadn't quite been ourselves. When things go against us it galvanises us.

"It was nearly like the Maro yellow card released us and allowed us to play our game, and it's just pleasing when you can have a reaction", Saracens skipper Barritt said.

"We started the game really well, created lots of opportunities and built that lead".

"A message is only as good as the guys who follow it and today they were phenomenal".

In defeating Leinster, Saracens became the first English team to win three Champions Cups, a feat made even more impressive when you consider they remained unbeaten throughout.

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Saracens will hope to complete the double when they return to domestic action, guaranteed a home semi-final in the Premiership playoffs, while Leinster will seek consolation via the Pro 14, where they face Muster in the semi-finals.

The 41-year-old said: "We're obviously very gutted". The size of some of their players. they're a big, big hard team with lots of quality. "They're good at what they do".

Farrell opened Saracens' account by landing a penalty just before the break, and then they hit Leinster by scoring a try on the stroke of half-time.

Coach Leo Cullen, experiencing for the first time, like so many of his colleagues, a failure at the final hurdle, also reflected ruefully on those key moments when destiny swung away from them.

"You see the size of Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Will Skelton and we don't have access to too many players of that stature and they certainly did wear us down".

"I thought they did that really well and probably strangled us during the last 20 or 30 minutes".

They overcame a series of setbacks to haul themselves level at halftime and gradually strangled the life out of the normally attack-dominant Irish side with vast physicality and self-belief to triumph 20-10.

"We weren't miles off, we just felt there was a little bit more in us in attack, a little bit more in us defensively, and it was Brad and Owen (Farrell) who said that and asked for a little bit more".

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