Apr 22, 2017
Faultless Farrell hails defensive heroics
Owen Farrell produced another kicking masterclass in Saracens European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final defeat of Munster.
The England star underlined his credentials as one of Europe’s finest outside halves with impeccable display of place kicking and game management with the Lions squad member kicking 16-points in his side’s 26-10 win at the Aviva Stadium.
Farrell, who headed into the game as the competition’s leading scorer, was as equally influential in defence. The 25-year old was at the heart of a stunning defensive display that suffocated their opponents for the entire game. Farrell’s fellow Lions tourist CJ Stander’s effort in the 80th minute was Munster’s only real chance of the game as Sarries harried and hunted down a player in a red jersey throughout a bruising and captivating European encounter.
“We were tested at times,” said Farrell post-match, “we had a man down with a man in the (sin) bin for ten minutes, they had a lot of ball in our half, so to go that long under that kind of pressure and keep getting off the line, putting them under pressure and hitting them the way we did today, I thought that was brilliant.
“I thought that set that we did defensively before half-time, when they’d been in our half after quite a while in the first half as well, I think it hit them (Munster) back quite a bit – that gave us a really good feeling heading into half-time. At the break, there were a few things to fix-up, mainly our discipline and a couple of individual errors really but nothing too fundamental or team related. After we did that we were always going to get some field position and thankfully we did that in the second half.”