Racing 92 9-21 Saracens: Owen Farrell kicks all the points as Sarries claim first Champions Cup title
Saracens became champions of Europe for the first time as they ground out victory against Racing 92 in wet conditions in Lyon
Parisians Racing had Dan Carter at 10, but he was unable to take kicks at goal and went off injured after 42 minutes.
Owen Farrell landed four first-half efforts, to two from Johan Goosen, to make it 12-6 to Sarries at half-time
Three more Farrell penalties after the restart ensured the title was heading back to London
English Premiership Rugby Champions Saracens have beaten French club Racing Metro 21-9 at Grand Stade de Lyon in France to become European Rugby Cup champions for the first time.
The London club also became the first team ever to go through the European Champions Cup unbeaten; however, they now have to quickly turn their attention to their Aviva Premiership semi-final against Leicester Tigers next Saturday (12:30 kick-off).
Farrell slotted four penalties to give Sarries a 12-6 lead after a competitive opening 40 with the French side still well in the game thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Johannes Goosen, who would add one more after the restart to complete the French sides total.
Racing superstar Dan Carter limped off with a calf injury early in the second half before Farrell slotted another nine points from the tee to maintain his 100% record from the tee as Mark McCall’s men secured their first European title in what was a tryless affair.
It means Saracens make amends for their defeat in the final by Toulon in 2014, and become the first English winners of European rugby’s premier club competition since Wasps in 2007.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Saracens: Owen Farrell
Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Johannes Goosen, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Chris Masoe, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (c), 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Khatchik Vartanov, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Antonie Claassen, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Henry Chavancy
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Michael Rhodes, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 Marcelo Bosch
Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: Grand Stade de Lyon
Kick-off: 17:45 local (16:45 BST, 15:45 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)