Saracens full-back and EPCR European Player of the Year Alex Goode has described Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Leinster Rugby in Newcastle as a “special day” for the London-based club. 

The English side won a third Heineken Champions Cup in four seasons after battling back from 10-0 down to score 20 unanswered points, with tries from wing Sean Maitland and No.8 Billy Vunipola as well as 10 points from the boot of fly-half Owen Farrell, who took his tally to 89 for the season. 

“It’s a very special day for everyone at the club,” Goode said. 

“That was a brutal Test match against a world class side with internationals galore. 

“They threw a lot at us in the first 30 minutes and we weren’t quite there. It took us losing both our props and a man to be sin-binned to understand what this was going to be about and how we were going to go about it. 

“That second half was probably one of the best I have been part of at the club.” 

The 31-year-old also admitted he was delighted to win EPCR European Player of the Year 2019, following in the footsteps of teammates Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje. 

Goode claimed the award after a flawless European campaign that saw him play every minute of Saracens’ nine matches, racking up 389 metres carried and 36 defenders beaten from 92 carries. 

“I said I’d bite your hand off to get the victory and I’m delighted to win EPCR European Player of the Year,” Goode added. 

“There’s so many great European players so it’s just an amazing day for Saracens. To get three stars is pretty amazing and with the same group for four years – it’s pretty special.”