SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend's European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup finals, involving South African players.
– Saracens, under the leadership of Brad Barritt, beat Clermont 28-17 to clinch a second successive Champions Cup title. Prop Vincent Koch and flank Michael Rhodes started alongside Barritt, while replacements Petrus du Plessis, Schalk Brits and Schalk Burger all played a significant role off the bench for Sarries. Fullback Scott Spedding turned out for the runners-up and set up a beautiful team try with a brilliant counter-attack from the back, but it wasn't enough for Clermont.
– Stade Français, featuring loose forwards Jono Ross and Willem Alberts, prop Heinke van der Merwe and flyhalf Morné Steyn, were crowned Challenge Cup winners following a 25-17 victory over Gloucester at Murrayfield. Steyn played off the bench and added five crucial points via a conversion and a penalty for the French club.
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