Barritt and Vunipola looking forward to celebrating Saracens' Champions Cup win

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"We will try to play our regular game, what we have been doing since the beginning of the season".

They face Exeter away in a tricky domestic semi-final but before that their focus is on Clermont in Edinburgh as they seek to become the fourth club to retain the European title after Leicester, Leinster and Toulon. Sarries' director of rugby Mark McCall said: "Since the semi-final loss to Clermont in 2015 we haven't lost a play-off game - that's nine in nine in two competitions".

"A big lesson we learnt a year ago was at the culmination of the season - you have this euphoria for two days and then it dissipates and dies down and you start thinking towards next season. We're looking forward to a great night".

"We felt like we were on top but didn't quite get the tries we should have got, so to stay as composed as we did and to stick in there and finally win it was really pleasing".

Clermont, who beat Saracens in the 2015 semi-finals, come into the game buoyed by a 30-26 home win over Top 14 leaders La Rochelle to secure second place in the regular season.

His 12th minute try - his 37th in European competition, a new record eclipsing Vincent Clerc's previous mark - when he latched on to Alex Goode's through kick was classic Ashton, and he is now the only Saracens player who consistently makes lacerating breaks.

Goode helped Saracens blast off with a chip for winger Chris Ashton to pick up and score the opening try, and his competition-record 37th, surpassing Vincent Clerc.

But Saracens were soon 12-0 up.

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The French side are the almost men of European rugby, having won only one of the now 15 top-tier French and European finals they have been in.

Both sides named line-ups befitting the occasion, with Sarries fielding all six of their British and Irish Lions call-ups while France internationals Scott Spedding, Lamerat, Camille Lopez, Sebastien Vahaamahina and Damien Chouly started for Clermont. Abendanon; 10. Lopez, 9.

And it appeared for a spell that Saracens' relentless drive for glory was about to come to a shuddering halt when their opponents drew themselves within a point after a sensational length-of-the-field run by Peceli Yato set up Nick Abendanon to score. "These games are won or lost in the last 20 minutes".

"It makes it possible to give more meaning to what we have seen in the matches and on video", Azema said. "We weren't able to reverse the pressure".

Abendanon's try pulled Clermont within one point just after the hour mark, setting up a mouthwatering 20 minutes. Parra; 1. Chaume, 2.

Saracens: Tries: Ashton, Kruis, Goode. Vunipola, 2. George, 3.

A five-metre scrum presented the chance to strike, with Fritz Lee and Morgan Parra combining to feed Aurelien Rougerie.

Saracens: A Goode; C Ashton, M Bosch, B Barritt (D Taylor 53), C Wyles (A Lozowski 78); O Farrell, R Wigglesworth (B Spencer 78); M Vunipola (T Lamositele 77), J George (S Brits 51), V Koch (P du Plessis 78), M Itoje (J Hamilton 78), G Kruis, M Rhodes, J Wray (S Burger 61), B Vunipola. Nigel Owens - who referees again - said it was by far the fastest-paced club game he has refereed this season.

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