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Match Reaction: Saracens 38 Glasgow Warriors 13

Saracens skipper Brad Barritt tipped his cap to the character of his side after they were denied by the TMO several times in their 38-13 Champions Cup mauling of Glasgow Warriors.

The Aviva Premiership Rugby champions led 14-3 at the break thanks to three Owen Farrell penalties and Chris Ashton’s try – but it could have been even better as Ashton (twice) and Sean Maitland saw scores ruled out after they just stepped into touch at Allianz Park.

But despite the Warriors threatening a comeback when Lee Jones handed the Scots a lifeline early in the second half, Marcelo Bosch, Barritt, and Ashton all came to the fore to ensure Ryan Wilson’s late effort was a mere consolation.

Ashton’s second was his 36th career score in Europe’s top competition, tying the overall record with French wing Vincent Clerc, and Barritt could not hide his pride at the end of the game after booking their spot in a semi-final against Munster in Dublin.

“It feels fantastic to win,” he said. “Obviously, we knew what we were facing today as this is a great Glasgow team that is very well coached.

“It took sixty minutes to break them, but I was very pleased with how the guys kept battering at that door.

“At Saracens we pride ourselves on our character, and in the first half we had four opportunities where three times we went just into touch a metre from the tryline.

“So we know we had been playing some good stuff and that it was just about staying on-task and worrying about the next job. So I’m really pleased we came through in the end.

“The guys in the first 60 set the platform, and then we have guys like Schalk [Brits] who can set the world alight when they come off the bench.

“Munster have had a great season and that clash is one for us to process now. To play them at the Aviva Stadium is obviously going to add a bit of spice, so we’ll regroup for our next few games in Aviva Premiership Rugby and look forward to that semi-final.”

Man-of-the-match Owen Farrell notched up 18 points with the boot as Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens powered clear of Glasgow in the final 20 minutes.

And the England international believes their clash in the league with Bath Rugby last weekend had paved the way for the triumph.

He said: “It was the same last week really; we had some good patches against Bath but that game really put us in good stead because we weren’t perfect.

“Even though we ran away from them in the end, we had a lot of work-ons from that game and we came in this week and made some really good preparations for this game.

“That put us in good stead for this one. We’ve been in some big matches now as a club for a few years, and there’s no bigger than going over and playing Munster.

“They are brilliant at applying pressure, probably similar to ourselves, and it should be a cracking game – one we’ll all be excited about.”

Saracens: Goode (Lozowski 78), Ashton, Bosch (Taylor 60), Barritt, Maitland, Farrell, Wigglesworth (De Kock 73), Vunipola (Lamositele 72), George (Brits 55), Figallo (Koch 28), Itoje, Hamilton (Conlon 72), Rhodes, Wray, Vunipola (Brown 73).

Glasgow Warriors: Hogg (Hughes 73), Seymour, Dunbar (Grigg 3-7), Horne (Grigg 57), Jones, Russell, Pyrgos (Price 51), Reid (Allan 60), Brown (Flynn 60), Fagerson (Paufisi 48), Alainu’uese, Gray (Peterson 11, Fusaro 70), Harley, Wilson, Ashe.

Saracens 38

Tries: Ashton (2), Bosch, Barritt

Cons: Farrell (3)

Pens: Farrell (4)

Glasgow Warriors 13

Tries: Jones, Wilson

Pens: Russell

Referee: Jerome Garces

Attendance: 15,000

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