GALLERY: Saracens overcome Clermont in Champions Cup final

The French side showed resolve but ultimately the English Premiership team prevailed

BY Raf Diallo 19:12 Saturday 13 May 2017, 19:12 13 May 2017

Saracens Chris Ashton scores his sides first try ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Saracens have retained the European Rugby Champions Cup final after defeating French side Clermont Auvergne 28-17 in the final at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium.

The English Premiership led throughout to follow up last season's final win over Racing 92 with another triumph.

They enjoyed a blistering start with early tries from Chris Ashton and George Kruis, as well as an Owen Farrell conversion leaving them 12-0 up within 23 minutes.

But Clermont fought back- not for the last time in the match - Remi Lamerat's converted try pulled it back to 12-7.

Nick Abendanon's second half try on 52 minutes and Morgan Parra's conversion left one point between the sides at 15-14.

Farrell and Parra exchanged penalties as the match stayed tightly balanced until Alex Goode's crucial try seven minutes from time swung the advantage Saracens way before Owen Farrell's conversion and penalty left 11 points between the teams at the final whistle.

The defeat for Clermont is their third from three in the final of a European flagship competition after 2012-13 and 2014-15.

 

Saracens Chris Ashton scores his sides first try ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

 

Saracens George Kruis scores a try ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Clermont's Nick Abendanon scores a try ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Clermont's Nick Abendanon celebrates scoring his sides second try ©INPHO/James Crombie

Saracens Alex Goode scores a try ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Referee Nigel Owens and Assistant referee George Clancy ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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