Farrell hails team-mates for penalty chances

Date published: May 14 2016

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Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell credited his team-mates for winning so many penalties after he kicked 21 points in the Champions Cup final.

Farrell landed all seven of his penalty attempts in an impressive performance, guiding Saracens to their first ever European title.

Part of the side who were beaten by Toulon two years ago, Farrell took huge pleasure from how the current team recovered in the closing stages to close out the game.

"It's a great moment for the club. To play against a brilliant team like Racing and come out with the trophy is brilliant," Farrell said.

"Winning this is a brilliant achievement and is something that everyone will remember.

"I'm just happy to put the points over for the lads who win the penalties. They've worked hard all game to put us into positions to get points, so I'm just thankful.

"We lost momentum for a good while in the last 20 minutes, but we got it back with a few good turnovers and some good defensive sets.

"We really got stuck into them. We never panicked."

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola added to Sky Sports that it had been an "honour" to win the Champions Cup alongside his team-mates, emphasising the bond between those in the squad.

"It's awesome, we're in that club now. We've managed to pull it off and win this trophy. It's a massive honour," Vunipola told Sky Sports.

"We move on to next week now, that's the mindset. We're firmly on next week. We'll enjoy tonight, but after that we're on to next week.

"I'm just thankful that I did it with such good people. It's such a joy. We have awesome people and our experience pulled us through.

"The match was a real arm-wrestle. We made less mistakes. Credit to the front five, it was a massive effort from them. And credit to Owen Farrell for holding his nerve."

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