Saracens beat Munster 32-16 to reach semi-final of Heineken Champions Cup

Billy Vunipola was one of the try-scorer for Saracens
Billy Vunipola was one of the try-scorer for Saracens
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Saracens 32-16 Munster, Ricoh Arena
Scorecard

Saracens went on to reach the final of the Heineken Champions Cup after beating Munster 32-16 in the semi-final at Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Mark McCall's men will now face the winner of Leinster and Toulouse in the final next month.

Saracens had a promising start with Owen Farrell kicking a penalty goal in the second minute but Munster applied pressure and as a result Tyler Bleyendaal kicked a three-pointer in the 10th minute to level the scores.

The trend continued in the next 20 minutes with Farrell kicking back to back penalties in the 18th and 27th minutes that was negated by Bleyendaal with three-pointers in the 31st and 37th minutes. As the first half was going even, Farrell with his fourth penalty kick at the stroke of half-time provided a slender 12-9 lead to the Premiership side.

The opening try of the game came in the 44th minute when Mike Rhodes breached the defence of Munster to dot down and Farrell followed with a conversion and two more penalties to take the scoreline 25-9.

As the final quarter started, Darren Sweetnam went over the line in the 61st minute to give Munster hope as the difference came down to nine points but could not find any more breakthrough. Instead, Billy Vunipola touched down in the 72nd minute and despite a sin-bin to replacement Vincent Koch, the Sarries completed a 16 point victory.

 

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