We now know who will be squaring off in Newcastle next month to compete for European rugby’s greatest prize. The Heineken Champions Cup final will see Leinster go for their second consecutive title, but they’ll have to get through 2017 champions Saracens to be bestowed with the honour. Both sides cruised through their semis against Munster and Toulouse respectively, and we thought we’d put together the team of the round.
Loosehead Prop: Mako Vunipola
The Saracens man turned in his trademark solid hour on Saturday.
Hooker: Jamie George
A Saracens one-two to start, Jamie George cemneted his reputation as one of the premier players in his position.
Tighthead Prop: Tadhg Furlong
The Irish international did a great job of neutralising the threat of Toulouse’s ferocious front row.
Second Row: Devin Toner
The experienced Toner is the perfect partner for James Ryan for both club and country, and he gets the nod for the team of the round.
Second Row: George Kruis
Kruis oozed class for Saracens on Saturday, and strengthened his case to start for England at the World Cup.
Blindside Flanker: Peter O'Mahony
Peter O’Mahony turned in a solid 80 minuted for Munster on Saturday, and he will have been gutted it wasn’t quite enough to secure a win.
Openside Flanker: Michael Rhodes
I’ve been a bit cheeky here, as Rhodes actually played at blindside on Saturday. The Saracens man is worth an inclusion though after his performance, and he grabbed the first try of the game shortly after half-time.
Number Eight: Billy Vunipola
He was vilified in the media, and on the field by one Munster fan, but Billy Vunipola turned in a magnificent performance when it mattered most. A late try was the reward for his efforts.
Scrum-half: Luke McGrath
McGrath was a machine for Leinster on Sunday, and wiggled his way through for a try mid-way through the first-half.
Fly-half: Owen Farrell
Farrell was superb from the tee, slotting six penalties and two conversions. An easy inclusion.
Wing: Darren Sweetnam
The Munster wing charged over for his side’s only score in the second-half.
Centre: Pita Ahki
The Toulouse man looked to be one of the French outfit’s more inventive players, and is deserving of his spot in this team.
Centre: Alex Lozowski
The Saracens outside centre kept the ball moving quickly but took the space when it was there.
Wing: James Lowe
Lowe scored Leinster’s first try and the Kiwi will be hoping to play a large part in the efforts to go back-to-back.
Fullback: Thomas Ramos
The Frenchman had a good game from the tee for Toulouse, but it wasn’t enough to deliver his team to the final.
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