19 September 2020 14:33
43 mins ago Remember when Saracens last defeated Leinster in the 2019 Champions Cup final, they had George Kruis (now playing in Japan) and Will Skelton (now at La Rochelle) in their second row, Ben Spencer (currently on Bath's books) and Owen Farrell – who is suspended – at half-back. Liam Williams (Scarlets), Alex Lozowski (on loan at Montpellier) and Titi Lamositele (at Montpellier) also played that day in Newcastle. They still have an impressive team – although their bench does not look anywhere near as strong as Leinster's. The key for Saracens today is the performance of out-half, Alex Goode, who relocates from full-back to replace the suspended, Farrell. It is worth noting that Goode also played out-half in the quarter-final stage last year, when Sarries beat Glasgow Warriors.
He excelled that day although Leinster are a tougher opponent. They have made big calls for this game, Johnny Sexton's return an inevitable one but the decision to opt for Will Connors over Josh van der Flier was something of a surprise. Luke McGrath joins Sexton at half-back with Sean Cronin getting the nod over Ronan Kelleher. Here are the teams – Leinster Jordan Larmour Hugo Keenan Garry Ringrose Robbie Henshaw James Lowe Jonathan Sexton (Captain) 9. Luke McGrath 1.
Cian Healy 2. Sean Cronin 3. Andrew Porter 4. Devin Toner 5. James Ryan 6. Caelan Doris 7. Will Connors 8. Jack Conan Ronan Kelleher Ed Byrne Michael Bent Ryan Baird Josh van der Flier Jamison Gibson-Park Ross Byrne Rory O'Loughlin Saracens 15 Elliot Daly 14 Alex Lewington 13 Duncan Taylor 12 Brad Barritt (Captain) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Alex Goode 9 Richard Wigglesworth 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Vincent Koch 4 Maro Itoje 5 Tim Swinson 6 Mike Rhodes 7 Jackson Wray 8 Billy Vunipola Replacements 16 Tom Woolstencroft 17 Richard Barrington 18 Alec Clarey 19 Callum Hunter-Hill 20 Calum Clark 21 Aled Davies 22 Manu Vunipola 23 Dom Morris Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers