Final Destination

I was right on both counts for the Champions Cup – and would have been wrong on the two Challenge Cup games if I’d got round to trying to predict them.

Saracens in the second half proved too much for the Munster side and their huge number of supporters at the Aviva stadium.

Munster were still well in the game for the first 50, but then Saracens showed why they are the current champions. They even managed to butcher two golden opportunities to add to the one that they sodded up in the first half hour.

The Munster fans showed tremendous respect when Owen Farrell was kicking, there was total silence – harping back to the old days – shame that the fans at La Rochelle and Clermont don’t have the same rugby values.

To be fair to Clermont crowd however, they seemed to make the same amount of noise when Morgan Parra was kicking.

Leinster decided to give Clermont a sporting start, shipping two tries in the first quarter. Leinster made a real fist of it in the last quarter but it was too much in the end and Clermont will meet Saracens in the final in Edinburgh.

I mentioned the huge Gloucester win yesterday – in the other Challenge Cup semi-final Bath almost made it an all Premiership final.

Blackadder’s side came from way back to get on level terms before falling to a very late drop goal.

Unfortunately George Ford could not get a penalty at the death to force extra time. I think if it had gone over then Bath would have won – the Stade forwards, with the exception of Sergio, looked out on their feet towards the end.

If Gloucester can repeat their efforts from Saturday evening the Cup may well be heading for the West Country.

I expect Warren Gatland will have mixed views – the Leinster and Bath Lions get a game less,

But those at Saracens and Ross Moriaty won’t.



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