Johnny Sexton on why Leinster did not kick the ball out for half-time
It was a crucial call that cost Leinster seven points, and potentially the final.
Leinster were 10-3 up and the clock had just ticked past 40 minutes.
Leinster had a ruck just inside their half and the opportunity to go into the break, in the Champions Cup final, seven points clear.
Leinster scrum-half Luke McGrath then opted to keep the ball in play. He put up a box-kick that Saracens claimed and the half raged on. Within four minutes, Sean Maitland was gliding over for a converted try that made it 10-10.
Cup final and Leinster are 10-3 up and on the halfway line. You kick that ball out of play
Leinster didn't... their lead is gone
— Pat McCarry (@patmccarry) May 11, 2019
In the second half, Saracens scored 10 unanswered points to claim their third European Cup victory.
Post-match, Johnny Sexton explained what the thinking was behind Leinster looking to keep the ball in play. He commented:
Liam Williams turned Garry Ringrose over with a great tackle and a borderline poach and Saracens survived. That would be the closest Leinster got to breaching the Sarries defence.
"Those 20 minutes, either side of half-time, were crucial," the Leinster captain mused.
"They are the things, in hindsight, that you'd love to change but you can't."