Saracens full-back Alex Goode has said his side “cannot wait” for the Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle next month, having beaten Munster Rugby 32-16 in their last-four tie on Saturday.

The English club reached their third final in four seasons after a dominant second-half display in Coventry, with tries from flanker Mike Rhodes and No.8 Billy Vunipola, as well as 22 points from the boot of fly-half Owen Farrell. 

“It’s a brilliant achievement from the whole group,” said the 30-year-old Goode, who has played in every minute of Sarries’ European season. “This European campaign started a long time ago and we get very excited by the tournament. We love it and it means a lot to the club, as it’s a very special tournament. 

“To be in another final is outstanding from the group. It is something we are excited about and we are looking forward to Newcastle. 

“Everyone speaks about how the stadium is in the centre of the city and the unbelievable atmosphere, so we are looking forward to that.” 

The two-time Heineken Champions Cup winner is well aware of what it takes to lift the trophy, having come out on the winning and losing sides of the showpiece final. 

“A European final is very special,” Goode added. “Having been on the wrong side and the right side of them before, we know how well we will have to play, so we will have a couple of weeks’ preparation. 

“We’ve spoken throughout the whole campaign that we were disappointed to be knocked out in the quarter-finals last year and that has helped us fuel the fire to get better. 

“It doesn’t matter who we play – we just want to be out there and we will prepare for whoever we come up against.”