Saracens 21-9 Racing 92: Farrell boots Sarries to Champions Cup success

Saracens claimed victory in the the Champions Cup, after beating Racing 92, 21-9 in a rainy Lyon

Saracens 21-9 Racing 92: Farrell boots Sarries to Champions Cup success
Saracens lift the Champions Cup (image via: Rex)

Saracens are European champions for the first time in their history, after beating Racing 92 in the final of the Champions Cup at the Grand Stade de Lyon

In a match dictated to by the rainy weather, neither side came close to scoring a try, with Owen Farrell slotting seven penalties for the English champions in the 21-9 victory. 

In the process of winning, Saracens became the first European champions to win all nine of their matches in the competiton, and it sets them up perfectly for the upcoming Premiership playoffs which start next weekend. 

Scrum contest dominates first period as heavens open in Lyon

At the second part of a European final double, the new stadium in Lyon was hosting its second match in 24 hours following Montpellier's Challenge Cup success on Friday evening over Harlequins

Unfortunately for those in attendance, and those watching on television, the weather in Lyon was a major factor in the first half, with the wet ball leading to a number of handling errors as a scrum battle broke out. 

Wet conditions made life tough for both teams (image via: Epcrugby.com)

Referee Nigel Owens had his hands full, with both sides infringing at scrum-time, allowing the kickers on both teams to knock over points in an error-strewn first half.

Farrell didn't miss any of his four attempts at goal before the break, while Johan Goosen slotted over a pair of long kicks Racing as the half ended with the English side 12-6 to the good. 

Carter leaves field early as Racing fail to land a meaningful punch

Already down six points, Racing faced further turmoil two minutes into the second half, when Dan Carter was forced to leave the field through injury.

The Kiwi legend had come into the game under an injury cloud, and it proved to be too much for Carter to continue, with Remi Tales replacing him at fly-half. 

The Saracens lead was soon pushed out to nine, when Farrell knocked over his fifth penalty following an indiscretion by Racing captain Dimitri Szarzewski close to his own line. 

The French side who had made the most metres in the competition up to the final found themselves attacking the Saracens line, but had to make do with three points from Goosen's boot to move them back inside a converted try and in range of a comeback win.

Owen Farrell was the Saracens matchwinner with 21 points (image via: epcrugby.com)

That attack was as close as they came to getting anywhere near the Saracens line, and two more late penalties from Farrell's boot closed out the win for Mark McCall's men. 

Maro Itoje continued his incredible ascendancy with yet another Man of the Match award following a typically dominant display at the lineout, the breakdown and with ball in hand. 

The final was far from a classic, but that won't bother Saracens one bit, who become the first English European champions since 2010, and with the age of their young English core this may be the first of many.