The Sarries defeated “The Red Army” from Ireland and will play a winner takes all match with Clermont Auvergne in Pool One of the European Champions Cup. The French are at the top in Pool A with 18 points and are followed by the Sarries with 17 points.  Munster are third with 10 points and their chances of a quarter-final place are very slim.

The match was played at Saracens home ground, the Allianz Park in North London, and the hosts dominated the first-half of the game with a 23-3 lead. Chris Ashton and Chris Wyles scored exquisite tries while Owen Farrell executed two conversions and three penalties to end the half in a commanding position.

The Sarries continued well in the second half. They had the majority of the possession, but only augmented their tally with another Owen Farrell penalty and Chris Ashton's second try of the game.

The visitors put up more of a resistance after the interval but their only points in the second half came in the form of a converted Denis Hurley try.

A feature of the game was the power of the Saracen’s forward pack. The hosts were on top of Munster in the opening scrum exchanges, while home number eight Billy Vunipola, 22, put in the sort of performance that deserves all of the accolades he duly receives.  He played brilliantly and bulldozed through the Munster defence with ease as they played a territorial game, kicking the ball deep and pressurising the opposition.

England winger Chris Ashton, 27, performed well and completed his brace. Farrell, 23, who had his first call-up for England in 2012, was in fine kicking form and converted the tries as well as the penalties.

The Saracens only regret will be that they were unable to get one more try in the second period, which cost them a bonus point.  

The visitors, who are the two-times European Champions, struggled, while the Sarries will travel to France to face Clermont knowing that victory will send them into the last eight of the competition. Clermont, nicknamed “The Volcanos” are the 2010 French Champions and the 2013 Heineken Cup winners.

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