Saracens lose their European quarter-final against Leinster in Dublin, ending their Champions Cup title ambitions.
Leinster prove themselves too strong for the reigning champions Saracens with a convincing 30-19 victory at the Aviva Stadium. Leo Cullen's men will go through to the Semi-Finals to face the Scarlets in an all Pro14 affair.
The Irishmen edged out a commendable Saracens performance, outclassing the Londoners in every area of the game. Leinster openside Dan Leavy took a well-earned man of the match award from the play-off, standing head and shoulders above the 30 men on the pitch. A notable mention must go to Saracens loosehead Mako Vunipola emptying the tank against an imposing Irish defence and once again flaunting some deft handling skills.
In the end, Saracens accuracy let them down, conceding a myriad of handling errors during the final 20 minutes. In this final quarter, the visiting side had been enjoying uninterrupted possession and dominance on the gain line. Saracens could be accused of chasing the game, looking for a few too many miracle passes and offloads after contact to break the flow of the game.
Saracens should be commended for their showing, staying competitive for the full 80 but struggling to live with the execution of their Irish counterparts. The English side can leave Dublin with plenty of pride but will be disappointed nevertheless.
They now sit in second place in the Premiership behind current champions Exeter Chiefs and will shift their focus solely on domestic duty. The impending return of Billy Vunipola from injury will raise spirits within Sarries camp and could be the impetus that sees them competing for the Premiership trophy this May.