Saracens edge out Leinster 17-25 to reach semi-final

Alex Goode impressed for Saracens
Alex Goode impressed for Saracens

Leinster 17-25 Saracens, Aviva Stadium

Alex Goode kicked 19 points as Saracens went on to beat Leinster 17-25 in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Mark McCall's men will now face Racing 92 in the semi-final of the tournament in Paris on 26th September.

Goode started the proceedings with a third minute penalty goal but Johnny Sexton helped Leinster levelled the scores with a three-pointer in the sixth minute after Andrew Porter won a turnover.

It was total domination for Saracens in the remainder of the opening half as Goode kicked back to back penalties in the ninth and 11th minutes to make the scoreline 3-9.

Elliot Daly further stretched Saracens' lead with two more three-pointers in the 24th and 27th minutes before European Player of the Year Goode combined with Duncan Taylor to score a converted try at the stroke of half-time as the first half ended with a 3-22 lead.

Leinster had a better start to the second half when Porter went over the line and the try was awarded following a consultation with TMO and Sexton improved it to reduce the gap to 12 points which came down to five points after Jordan Lamour's touchdown in the 62nd minute.

Saracens had a chance to seal the game but Daly and Goode missed kicking from the tee before the fly-half with his fourth penalty goal in the final minute completed an eight point victory.


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