Leinster give their take on Maro Itoje and controversial penalty calls
This could have had a huge bearing on the game.
Maro Itoje was a pain in the neck, all evening, for Leinster but he was fortunate to still be on the pitch at full-time.
The England forward was sent to the sin-bin after the half-hour mark. He returned for the second half and was as combative as ever, but gave away a couple of penalties and a stronger referee than Jerome Garces would have shown him a second yellow, leading to a red card.
Saracens were deserving winners and Itoje was part of a pack that forced their will on the game. That being said, Leinster fans were baying for him after he clumsily collided with Rob Kearney but was not cautioned by Garces.
Speaking after Saracens' 20-10 victory, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said:
"I think.. it was more Sean Maitland they were looking at. They’re very experienced referees with Jerome Garces and his two assistants as well.