Alex Goode struck the decisive blow as title-holders Saracens retained the European Champions Cup with a 28-17 win over Clermont in a dramatic final at Murrayfield on Saturday. Get a full report and reaction.
Saracens winger Chris Ashton opened the scoring in the 13th minute with his 37th try in the competition, setting a new European cup try-scoring record in the process.
"I think they are significantly better than Racing 92 were past year - although they did incredibly well to reach the Champions Cup final and then go on to win the Top 14".
They fought back with a try from centre Remi Lamarat to go into the interval 12-7 down but it was more of the same after the break with the Frenchmen clinging on by their fingernails.
Farrell kicked Saracens further ahead with a penalty but Clermont struck back instantly.
The club puts its success down to its academy, at least 10 of their players have been at Saracens since they were teenagers.
Wing Abendanon did well to haul down Ashton as he looked set to race through just moments after kick-off.
As impressive as Saracens were playing, it was doing nothing to generate a buzz among the 55,272-strong Murrayfield crowd.
It duly came after Aurelien Rougerie hit a great line from a five-metre scrum and when the ball was recycled Lamerat picked up and drove over the line. Parra added the extras.
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But when Lopez failed to find the target with a drop-goal attempt, Saracens sensed a lull and drove their opponents 80 yards back before Farrell knocked over a simple penalty.
But Barritt is confident his side have the ability to last the pace against the French side, who are renowned for making fast starts.
Clermont Auvergne: S Spedding (P Fernandez 71); D Strettle, A Rougerie (D Penaud 53), R Lamerat, N Abendanon; C Lopez, M Parra (L Radosavljevic 75); R Chaume (E Falgoux 22), B Kayser (J Ulugia 67), D Zirakashvili (A JArvis 77), A Iturria, S Vahaamahina (P Jedrasiak 46), D Chouly, P Yato (A Lapandry 62), F Lee. With space opening up out wide, Peceli Yato then rampaged down the left - taking out Ashton and Farrell as he went - before passing off to Abendanon to run in unopposed.
Goode's perfectly weighted grubber was pounced upon by the 30-year-old, who ran in to bring up a landmark score.
Chris Ashton and George Kruis scored the first half tries for the English champions and Owen Farrell kicked three second half penalties.
"If we're hungry enough and humble enough, then there's no reason why we can't get better", McCall said. Man of the match was the power-running Billy Vunipola but it was a pure team effort from Saracens, every one of them a vital part of the superbly drilled machine that simply wears down the opposition. "We're looking forward to a great night".
Billy Vunipola, the England No8, paid tribute to the skill and team spirit in the Saracens ranks that took them to a second successive European title. They don't get to see me play very often so that means a lot.
A try scorer and try maker in the semi-final win over Leinster Rugby, Strettle is still included in the Saracens team "WhatsApp" group.
However, the Premiership champions - who have a play-off semi-final with Exeter next weekend - dug deep to remain on course for a double-double.