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Sexton reflects on Champions Cup heartbreak with 'big regret'

Sexton reflects on Champions Cup heartbreak with 'big regret'”

He was handed formal warnings from his club and the Rugby Football Union last month after he posted on social media that "man was made for woman to procreate that was the goal no?" and also liked a social media post from Australian player Israel Folau that stated "hell awaits" for homosexuals.

Saracens were in trouble at St James' Park, trailing Leinster 10-0 just before half-time, with England star Maro Itoje sin-binned and props Mako Vunipola and Titi Lamositele off injured.

Tries by Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola underpinned Saracens' victory, which was a ninth successive win in this season's competition, having gone through their group unbeaten before the knockout phase.

Patient build-up play by the forwards resulted in scrum-half Ben Spencer firing out a long pass to Farrell, who flicked the ball on and an unmarked Maitland finished off, with Farrell's conversion making it 10-10 at the break.

"But what we needed from him was to do his talking on the field, not off the field, and he's been really good and his team-mates have supported him very well".

For Leinster, there isn't much time to dwell on their defeat to Saracens as they have a season-defining clash with Munster on Saturday in the Guinness PRO14 semi-final.

Johnny Sexton reflected on the European Champions Cup final with "big regret" after Saracens dethroned Leinster with a 20-10 victory at St James' Park on Saturday. For all of the merited highs, though, Saracens, who came from 10-0 behind to become the first English club to win three Champions Cups, will not rest here.

He added: "I think we know we can build from this, we've got a game against Worcester and then the semi-final".

"I thought they did that really well and probably strangled us during the last 20 or 30 minutes".

"We created lots of opportunities, and you just need to make sure you nail your chances".

Saracens gave as good as they got during the opening quarter, but a promising attacking platform collapsed after skipper Brad Barritt was penalised for an illegal challenge at a ruck. Questioned if anything was said when those three players departed, he replied: "Owen (Farrell) said, "Right, what are we going to do about this?"

"We will always look at ourselves first".

"We conceded just before half-time which was a killer moment", Sexton told Virgin Media Sport.



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