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Summary

  1. Challenge Cup: Listen to La Rochelle v Gloucester commentary from 19:55 BST
  2. Final score: Munster 10-26 Saracens
  3. M Vunipola, Wyles tries, Farrell 4 pens & 2 cons for Saracens
  4. Stander try, Bleyendaal pen, Keatley con for Munster
  5. Commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

So Saracens can start booking their Edinburgh accommodation for the 13 May final.

Who will join them?

Leinster travel to the south of France to face Clermont Auvergne in the second semi-final tomorrow. Kick-off is at 15:00 BST. We will have live text commentary right here.

Bye for now.

Munster 10-26 Saracens

Billy Vunipola
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Billy Vunipola is just speaking to BT Sport, he pays tribute to the "amazing group of team-mates" that he is part of and says that Saracens' big-match street-smarts comes from their experience of losing in the latter stages of this tournaments a few years running before the success in 2016.

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Munster 10-26 Saracens

Scarily simple for Saracens. Crushing victory despite blowing 3 try-scoring ops. Will be huge favourites in Champions Cup Final May 13.

Extraordinary performance from an extraordinary team. And plenty of points left out there too. An English team finally leaves Dublin happy.

Love them or loathe them, you have to respect Saracens. #brickwall

Why do some find Sarries hard to love? Is it the cash? The occasionally grinding style? The post-match song?

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All that soft-cuddly talk seems to be backed up by a genuine band-of-brothers feel to their performances.

O'Mahony out for the handshakes

Munster 10-26 Saracens

Peter O'Mahony is back on the pitch for the post-match handshakes. The Munster captain, cloaked in a big duvet coat, did not make it back into the action after being forced off by a blood injury halfway through the second half.

Full time

Munster 10-26 Saracens

Ben Spencer kicks deep into the Aviva stands and Munster's Champions Cup dream has been ended in typically ruthless style.

A consolation for Munster

Munster 10-26 Saracens

CJ Stander taps, goes and crashes over from five. Ian Keatley adds two more, but the scoreline has long since run away from the Irish province.

TRY - Munster 10-26 Saracens

CJ Stander (con Keatley)

Munster 3-26 Munster

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Down at pitchside in time to see Wyles' try. The body language of the Saracens bench tells the story; they are in the Champions Cup final yet again. I can hear cries of "Relentless. Relentless," from some of the Sarries players.

Munster 3-26 Saracens

Munster rally as Francis Saili punches through the middle of the Saracens backline, but Alex Goode and Schalk Brits fight the fire for the champions.

Andrew Conway spills forward as the ball is recycled and Saracens have a scrum down in the corner near their own line to eke out another few seconds.

Substitution

Munster 3-26 Saracens

Maro Itoje is replaced by Jim Hamilton in the Saracens' second row.

PENALTY - Munster 3-26 Saracens

Owen Farrell

It drops. A superb kick to take Saracens more than three converted scores clear with five minutes remaining.

Munster 3-23 Saracens

Saracens are grinding this game to dust.

Owen Farrell points to the points after his team is awarded a penalty out wide and from distance.

If he lands it or not, it will be a few more seconds off the clock...

Munster 3-23 Saracens

The reaction of the Saracens bench to that try was telling. Jamie George was off his feet, pumping his fist.

They have been joined by Richard Wiggleworth who is off for Ben Spencer at scrum-half. Mako Vunipola has been withdrawn as well.

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Munster 3-23 Saracens

Saracens held out in defence and then showed Munster how to do it in attack.

With the red defence scattered by a lung-busting passage of play, Owen Farrell drops the ball onto his instep and his cross-field grubber is gathered by Wyles as he muscles Simon Zebo out of the way and then pirouettes through Tyler Bleyendaal to dot down.

Owen Farrell adds the extras and this game is surely cooked. 

TRY - Munster 3-21 Saracens

Chris Wyles

Chris Wyles scores a try for Saracens
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Munster 3-16 Saracens

Saracens' defence is proving stronger than Munster's attack. The red shirts are forced back out of the Saracens 22m.

Tyler Bleyendaal snaps a drop-goal. But it is a low scrubber. Alex Goode collects as it bounces off the post protecter and Chris Wyles boots clear.

Munster 3-16 Saracens

Dave Kilcoyne is tackled
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Saracens defence coming up hard and fast. Munster's runner hitting at pace and angles.

All taking place 10 to 15 metres from the Saracens line. This feels pivotal...

Munster 3-16 Saracens

Munster handed a kickable penalty for Michael Rhodes obstruction.

No time for the tee. They kick for the corner.

And Rhys Marshall picks out his man with his first throw after coming off the bench.

Substitution

Munster 3-16 Saracens

Rassie Erasmus rolls the dice on the sideline for Munster.

Darren Sweetnam is on in place of Keith Earls on the wing while Stephen Archer comes into the pack.

PENALTY - Munster 3-16 Saracens

Owen Farrell

Thirteen points clear and almost over the horizon.

Owen Farrell kicks over a penalty
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Munster 3-13 Saracens

"Clear and obvious, no need to talk," says Romain Poite in that sultry French accent.

Anyway, back to the rugby. Munster's front row have flopped at scrum-time and Owen Farrell has a straightforward shot at goal...

Substitution

Munster 3-13 Saracens

A change at hooker for Munster as Niall Scannell heads off and is replaced by Rhys Marshall.

Munster 3-13 Saracens

Saracens boot a penalty down to the Munster 22m, Billy Holland pilfers it, but Maro Itoje makes immediate amends, forklifting his man to keep him off the floor and secure a turnover by return of post.

Saracens with ball on the Munster 22m. Each of their players seems to have a rugby supercomputer for a brain, spotting chances and spaces that pass others by in the thunder and fury of a match like this.

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Munster 3-13 Saracens

The flags stay stubbornly by the sides of the touch judges.

Munster need to make those stick against a fast-finishing and water-tight Saracens side.

Munster 3-13 Saracens

Schalk Burger - now shorn and balding compared to his bombshell Bok heyday - is offside.

Penalty Munster and this should go for Tyler Bleyendaal...

Munster 3-13 Saracens

Munster with a prime pitch location, inside the Saracens' 22m with the throw into the line-out.

Niall Scannell hits his man...

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Substitution

Munster 3-13 Saracens

Changes for both sides in the wake of that score.

Schalk Burger replaces Jackson Wray in the Saracens back row.

Francis Saili replaces Jaco Taute in the Munster midfield.

Saracens shove over for first try

Munster 3-13 Saracens

It wasn't the prettiest, but they all count five.

Mako Vunipola takes a short pop pass from five out and with George Kruis adding some extra horsepower, he barges over the line beneath a pile of red bodies.

Owen Farrell adds the extras after some Munster infringement and the champions have breathing space.

Are Munster being suffocated out of this semi-final?

TRY - Munster 3-11 Saracens

Mako Vunipola

Mako Vunipola scores
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Munster 3-6 Saracens

You don't get closer than that.

George Kruis spots that Munster's guards are not quite in position, picks and goes from 10 out.

He is half scragged by Jean Deysel, but his momentum should get him there... NO!

The ball trickles out of the second row's grasp as he attempts to lunge over the line. Kruis bangs the turf in frustration.

How many more chances can Sarries afford to pass up?

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Chris Ashton chases the ball
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Another butchered chance from Saracens.

A clever first-phase move, with big runners and pull-back passes, checking the Munster defence and buying Alex Goode a corridor of space to burst through.

His pass to Chris Ashton is behind the wing though.

It was not a certain try, but it might well have been.

Substitution

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Saracens make their first change. Off comes Jamie George after a good shift at hooker. On comes the evergreen, twinkle-toed Schalk Brits.

Munster swap Tommy O'Donnell for Jean Deysel in the back row.

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Munster are peppering the Saracens back three with a barrage of high bombs.

Andrew Conway claims one huge up-and-under ahead of Sean Maitland, but then Duncan Williams gets his calculations all wrong.

The Munster scrum-half's kick is a dolly for Alex Goode to claim the mark and clear his lines.

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Saracens concede their first penalty at scrum-time as Mako Vunipola is judged to have hinged up and out of the contest.

Munster up to just outside the Sarries' 22m.

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Owen Farrell watches the ball
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Jamie George picks out George Kruis from a line-out just outside the Munster 22m, 

Better dart that one.

Saracens shift it wide... but a bit of confusion... the ball loops into the sky off a black hand, Simon Zebo sniffs a chance, but cannot claim the loose ball.

That could easily have been an interception try.

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Pressure on Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams as George Kruis looms large, front and centre as he tries to box-kick clear.

Out on the full.

Jamie George misses his man at the line-out for Saracens though.

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Saracens moving the ball with intent and ambition.

Owen Farrell slings a miss-two pass out to Sean Maitland on the wing.

But the Scot wing has the ball stripped in contact, Rory Scannell sneaking his arm in to prise the ball loose.

Kick-off

Munster 3-6 Saracens

Simon Zebo is safe as Fort Knox under the Saracens kick-off as we get back under way.

Munster 3-6 Saracens

No changes, apart for a smattering of rain.

We are ready to go for the second half.