Saracens strike back to end Leinster's reign in Europe

Saracens secured the European Champions Cup for a third time in four seasons after they rallied from a first-half deficit to defeat Leinster 20-10 at St James' Park on Saturday.

Leinster appeared on course to retain the trophy they lifted in Bilbao last year when they took a 10-0 lead, Tadhg Furlong's close-range try putting them in control of a pulsating contest.

However, their bid for a record-breaking fifth title was ruined by an impressive Saracens comeback, the Premiership club scoring 20 points without reply to finally beat Leinster in the Champions Cup at the fourth attempt.

Sean Maitland helped bring his side level when he cruised over the line late in the first half, but it was Billy Vunipola who grabbed the game's crucial try after the break, forcing his way over with 13 minutes remaining.

Owen Farrell added both conversions to go alongside a pair of penalties as Saracens demonstrated their fighting spirit to make it nine wins on the spin in the competition this season.


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