European Champions Cup: Alex Goode named European Player of the Year

Saracens Player Was Out In Full Kit 24 Hours After Winning Cup

Rugby player wins European cup on Saturday, still on the beers in full kit on Sunday

Leinster will have to drive for five another day after a crushing defeat in the Heineken Cup final in Newcastle on Saturday.

The blockbusting number eight claimed Saracens' clinching try in a 20-10 victory at St James' Park, scattering defenders in his wake as he powered over the line.

Leinster's impressive season now hinges on a Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS.

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.

'I'm absolutely chuffed Brad was made the man-of-the-match, because he deserved it, ' McCall said.

Billy Vunipola was like a caged tiger as he stood on the touchline with one hand pressing an ice pack on his shoulder and the other arm as high as he could reach.

But Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell kicked a penalty conceded by counterpart Jonathan Sexton, and deep in injury time Farrell helped to set up Sean Maitland in the corner for the half to finish 10-10.

Leinster was pinned in its 22 for the rest of the match, thwarting its hope of a record fifth European crown.

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

Mark McCall's side came from 10-0 down to beat holders and four-time champions Leinster 20-10 and regain the trophy.

"We just thought the players handled that 10 minutes incredibly well, and to score just before half-time was massive for us, and then I thought we played really brilliantly in the second half".

He told Omnisport: "It would be a dream to play for England again, I love playing for my country, it was always a dream and the pinnacle of my career". They were very clear on what we needed to do just a little bit better.

"You see the size of Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Will Skelton and we don't have access to too many players of that stature and they certainly did wear us down".

"But there are so many different moments in the game".

"They're very comfortable defending and putting the squeeze on teams".

"I thought they did that very well. And we played good rugby and probably missed a few chances in the second half". We hadn't quite been ourselves. "The whole squad was outstanding all year but that performance form the whole group to go 10-0 down and fight back like that was just outstanding", Goode said.

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