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Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens


    Spare a thought for the fans in Clermont-Ferrand and those who travelled to Edinburgh to see their side lose in a big final once again.

    I don't think anyone would begrudge them lifting the Top 14 title in a few weeks' time.

    Meanwhile Saracens start their sing-song with John Denver's Country Roads. Take Me Home.

    That is us done for the afternoon though.

    Check out the match report here.

  2. Post update

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Former Gloucester and England full-back Olly Morgan on Twitter

  3. 'We showed our many sides'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Mark McCall

    Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall speaking on BT Sport:

    "I thought we played really really well today. Experience definitely counted for something because when we weren't getting any joy on the scoreboard we kept attacking. 

    "We could have scored a try earlier than we did. But we showed a lot of sides to ourselves and we are chuffed.

    "We really went after the game. While we defended well, we attacked to so it feels good to win it the way we did."

  4. 'One of our best performances of the year'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Alex Goode

    Saracens full-back Alex Goode speaking to BT Sport: It was one of our best performances of the year. We left a few chances out there but our attack was superb today. For my try I was just lucky to get the final pass. I think they were concerned about Ashy outside me.

  5. 'Testament to the Saracens culture'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Brad Barritt

    Saracens captain Brad Barritt talking to BT Sport:

    "The way in which the guys carried themselves today, we stayed true to ourselves and our character.

    "To stay in the game for 70 minutes and to come away with Chris Ashton's try - it's immensely pleasing.

    "We never speak about goals, we all speak about memories. This team is so hungry and determined to keep on coming and it's just about the next wave.

    "It's a huge testament to the Saracens culture today."

  6. 'We thought we had the fitness on them'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Chris Ashton

    Saracens wing Chris Ashton speaking to BT Sport: We had a lot of chances in the first half and I thought that we might regret missing that. But we thought that we had the fitness on them and we needed to keep moving them around. it is nice to get that record, but I have had five great years at this club and I have to thank a lot of the guys in that dressing room for helping me to that number." 

  7. 'We don't know what we're missing'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Scott Spedding

    Clermont full-back Scott Spedding speaking on BT Sport: 

    "It's massively disappointing. We know the history - that's our third final in this competition and we were deperate to do it for our fans.

    "But we came up against a huge Saracens team who have proved their worth in the past few seasons.

    "We gave our all out there - we might have left it a bit late in the first half to start playing but we had a good fightback in the second half and we're proud of that effort.

    "We are absolutely gutted. We don't know what we're missing but hopefully one day it turns our way."

  8. 'If you play long enough it happens for you'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Saracens back row Schalk Burger speaking to BT Sport: "It is right up there. Back home I came close to winning a few trophies with my old club the Stormers. I guess if you play long enough it happens for you. It was a phenomenal atmosphere. These are the days you play rugby for. I thought  we managed the game pretty well. We were camped down in their end and it is easier to play rugby from there."

  9. Get Involved - Saracens champions of Europe


    Nick Hughes: If Sarries win the Premiership & the Lions lose in New Zealand, I think we're looking at the SPOTY Team of the Year.

    Simon: Champions of Europe AGAIN! This Saracens team is quickly becoming legendary.

  10. 'We've put down a marker'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Richard Wigglesworth

    Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: 

    The win felt different to last year, it's a relief. There was a lot of satisfaction from this.

    We could easily have lost our heads being so dominant and not scoring but we didn't.

    We want to keep building but we've put down a marker now.

  11. Post update

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

  12. 'It feels kind of fake second time around'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Saracens second row Maro Itoje: The first time was great, this time it feels kind of fake. We needed both physical and mental strength all game, it was only in the last 15 minutes that we got daylight between us.

  13. 'We always knew it was going to be tough'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola speaking to BT Sport: It is a final and we knew it was always going to be tough. We didn't want to let them score those two tries, but they can hurt you. I am thankful that we have great generals like Owen and Richard Wigglesworth to put us in great areas.

    Vunipola starts his interview by thanking God and in the next breath apologising for the drunken evening of celebrations to come.

  14. 'Pleasure to be with this group'

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Chris Ashton

    Saracens winger and European Cup top try-scorer Chris Ashton speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: 

    "It's pretty hard to it that into words right now. 

    "We've worked so hard for the past five or six years. It's such a pleasure to be with this group. It's so hard to be in these finals so to win two is a pleasure.

    "To become top try-scorer is just the icing on the cake."

  15. Reaction from the Twitterati

    FT: Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Sebastian Chabal says it is sad to see Clermont lose again in a final and says well done to Saracens.

  16. Saracens retain Champions Cup

    Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Saracens become only the fourth side in history to retain the Champions Cup.

    Clermont lose a third time in the final as their search for the big one continues.

    The narrative follows history's script.

  17. Full-time

    Clermont 17-28 Saracens

  18. Post update

    Clermont 17-28 Saracens

    Billy Vunipola secures a turnover just as his name is announced as man of the match.

    Saracens' arms aloft