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Tadhg Furlong Marks 100th Cap With A Try In Gripping First-Half

It’s tight, it’s tense, it’s enthralling and to no surprise whatsoever, it’s level.

Leinster and Saracens are tied at 10-10 at half-time in the 2019 Heineken Champions Cup final. It’s a battle that you simply cannot take your eyes off as the top two sides in the continent went hammer and tongs in a bruising first 40 minutes.

Sexton opened the scoring for the champions early on through a penalty kick.

Saracens had some great spells in the opening 15 minutes and looked threatening with Steve Williams, in particular, sitting James Lowe down with a beautiful side-step.

The English side could well have scored the game’s opening try had it not been for a text-book tackle from Luke McGrath on Alex Goode.

A fantastic break by Rob Kearney brought Leinster deep into the Saracens 22 and their pressure paid off as Maro Itoje was sent to the bin for repeated infringements.

With Itoje gone and Mako Vunipola off injured, Leinster took full advantage, crossing the line after 32 minutes of action through Tadhg Furlong. A special moment for the Ireland international on what is his 100th appearance for the club.

10-0 up with an extra man and eight minutes to half-time, it looked as though Leinster would be the happier side at half-time, however, an Owen Farrell penalty quickly followed by a Sean Maitland try has the two sides deadlocked at the break.

It really is all to play for as we head into the final 40 minutes of the 2019 Heineken Champions Cup.

Expect the next 40 to be just as tight, tense and enthralling.

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