Farrell revels in Sarries triumph


Owen Farrell savoured Saracens' finest hour after his flawless kicking display sealed a 21-9 win over Racing 92 in Saturday's European Champions Cup final.

England outside-half Farrell booted seven penalties out of seven at Grand Stade de Lyon to ensure Sarries were crowned European champions for the first time.

Racing lost the influential Maxime Machenaud and Dan Carter to injury in what proved to be a heartbreaking first European final for the Top 14 side on home soil.

Sarries were the first side to win all of their games in the competition, ending a nine-year wait for an English side to become European champions - two years after losing to Toulon in the final.

Farrell won the Grand Slam with England in Paris back in March and was celebrating another triumph two months on.

He said: "It's a great moment for the club, to be in the final of a competition like this against a brilliant side like Racing 92 and come out with a trophy is amazing.

"I was just glad to kick the points over the posts for the lads who earned them, they worked hard all day to put us in positions to get opportunities for points and I was thankful to put them over.

"We lost momentum for a good while towards the last 20 minutes, but we got it back thanks to some good turnovers and some good defensive sets.

"We really got stuck into them and that shows how calm these guys were coming into the game. We've been brilliant all week, we treated it like any other game, even though it isn't. To win it at the end of it all is brilliant.

"I didn't know that we are the only unbeaten side to win the Champions Cup. But it's a great achievement."