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Saracens cruise past Clermont into Heineken Cup final

Saracens Owen Farrell is congratulated by Billy Vunipola and team mates after scoring their third try during the Heineken Cup Semi Final match at Twickenham

Saracens Owen Farrell is congratulated by Billy Vunipola and team mates after scoring their third try during the Heineken Cup Semi Final match at Twickenham

  • by Richard Mulligan
 

SARACENS 46 CLERMONT AUVERGNE 6

Rampant Saracens cruised into their first Heineken Cup final after crushing French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne in record-breaking fashion at Twickenham.

The Aviva Premiership leaders never looked back after building an 18-point interval advantage through a penalty try and touchdowns by wing Chris Ashton and fly-half Owen Farrell.

Ashton’s second try after the break gave him a new record of 11 touchdowns in one European season, while substitutes Chris Wyles and Tim Streather also scored, and Saracens could even afford for Farrell to pass on goalkicking duties to full-back Alex Goode.

England number 10 Farrell had not practised while he recovered from a foot injury, and Goode slotted five conversions plus a penalty as Clermont were reduced to rubble.

Centre Marcelo Bosch added a long-range penalty for good measure, with Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra landing two first-half strikes as Saracens closed out a remarkable 40-point success.

The runaway Aviva Premiership leaders will meet Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon or twice European champions Munster - they meet in Marseille on Sunday - in next month’s Millennium Stadium final.

And there could be few complaints from last season’s beaten finalists Clermont, who were desperate to reach a second successive Heineken final in coach Vern Cotter’s farewell season before he takes charge of the Scotland national team this summer.

Once Ashton pounced for his 10th Heineken try of the campaign, matching former Brive wing Sebastien Carrat’s total when the French club were crowned European champions 17 years ago, Saracens never looked back.

 

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