Saracens vs. Racing 92: Score, Reaction from 2016 European Champions Cup Final

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Published: May 14, 2016

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Saracens finished their undefeated 2015-16 European Champions Cup campaign with a 21-9 win over Racing 92 during the final on Sunday, winning their first-ever European title.

Owen Farrell took care of all the scoring with his boot, as Sunday's clash in Lyon was an ugly, tactical affair that suited Saracens' physical style of play perfectly. Racing lost a couple of key contributors during the match, but that shouldn't diminish Saracens' superb outing, as the Premiership side dominated most of the afternoon.

As shared by BBC Sport’s Andrew Sheridan, the final was plagued by heavy rain, which affected both teams early:



George Kruis got tangled trying to catch a ball and veteran star Dan Carter fired his first pass at the feet of his team-mate, but Saracens didn’t fare much better, giving away a penalty after five minutes for a poor scrum.

The usually reliable Maxime Machenaud stepped up and promptly booted the ball wide from 22 yards out, and per The42.ie Rugby, it wasn’t the only error either side made:



Saracens opted against fluid passing combinations, given the rough conditions, and instead aimed to isolate players out wide or kick the ball over the top of the French defence. Richard Wigglesworth and Farrell found some success, but Racing defended well with their backs against the wall.

That didn’t stop Farrell from giving the Brits the lead from the tee after Ben Tameifuna was penalised for the scrum, just before the rain got even worse.



Carter kept struggling with his handling and even appeared to be limping slightly at one point in the first half, but the Parisiens kept the pressure on following a nice kick from Brice Dulin.

Saracens prop Petrus du Plessis messed up the lineout, allowing Johan Goosen to try his luck from the tee from a long way out, and somehow, the 23-year-old powered the ball through the ...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Rugby Union

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