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Sarries show there is some way to go for Munster

Munster 10, Saracens 26
MUNSTER were well and truly beaten today in the semi-final of the European Champions Cup at a packed Aviva Stadium. Saracens were worthy winners. They stood up to the expected fervour of the reds, mostly in the opening half and had a half time advantage of 6-3, two penalties from Owen Farrell and Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal getting their three points. Sarries missed three gilt-edged try chances, Wigglesworth and Ashton guilty of dropped passes and Michael Rhodes fluffing a touchdown near the posts when the ball fell out of his hands.
Saracens replied with the first try of the game after some spirited play by Munster, Mako Vunipula forcing his way over and Owen Farrell kicking the conversion to put his side 13-3 in front.
Another try, this time from Chris Wyse and a conversison and two penalties from Owen Farrell sealed Munster’s fate with the English side now going for their third title in a row when they meet the winners of Clermont and Leinster.
Munster’s only try came with virtually the last play of the game, CJ Stander forcing his way over and Ian Keatley adding the conversion.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (Capt.), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Jean Deysel, Ian Keatley, Francis Saili, Darren Sweetnam.
Saracens: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Marcelo Bosch, Brad Barritt (c), Sean Maitland; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Vincent Koch, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Michael Rhodes, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola
Replacements: Schalk Brits, Titi Lamositele, Petrus du Plessis, Jim Hamilton, Schalk Burger, Ben Spencer, Alex Lozowski, Chris Wyles
Referee, Romain Poite, France.

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