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Saracens surprise against Leinster to advance to semi-finals

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Saracens surprised most on Saturday when they beat Leinster in their own back yard 25-17.

This was the first defeat for Leinster in 24 matches.

Saracens will now face Racing 92 in next weeks semi-finals to try and defend their title in the final.

It was a poor first half from the home side with plenty of mistakes which saw Saracens take full advantage and build a lead through the boots of Goode and Daly.

They were comfortable in the lead half way through the half and the try of Alex Goode gave them a 22-3 lead at the break.

Leinster were a different team in the second half and started the fight back with tries from Andrew Porter and Jordan Larmour to reduce the lead to only five points with 18 to play.

But a final penalty from Goode sealed the match for the defending champions and kicked the PRO14 champions out of the competition.

Scorers:

Leinster (3) 17
Tries: Porter, Larmour Cons: Sexton 2 Pen: Sexton
Saracens (22) 25
Try: Goode Con: Goode Pens: Goode 4, Daly 2
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