Heineken Champions Cup winners Saracens will be looking to complete a second domestic and European double next weekend after brushing aside Gloucester Rugby 44-19 in their Gallagher Premiership play-off semi-final on Saturday.

The English side completed the first half of what could be a trophy-laden season by defeating 2018 winners Leinster Rugby 20-10 in the Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle earlier this month, despite falling 10-0 down and being reduced to 14 men when back-row Maro Itoje was sent to the sin bin.

Wing Sean Maitland grabbed a try just before the interval while No.8 Billy Vunipola added a second score in the second half but it was a tremendous team effort in defence to deny the Irish province any points after the 33rd minute. 

As a result, Saracens are now chasing another Champions Cup and Premiership double, last completed back in 2016 when they defeated Racing 92 21-9 in Lyon and toppled Exeter Chiefs 28-20 in the domestic equivalent. 

Elsewhere, Leinster Rugby put their Heineken Champions Cup final defeat behind them to beat Glasgow Warriors 18-15 in what was a nervy PRO14 final at Celtic Park. 

Tries from centre Garry Ringrose and prop Cian Healy as well as two penalties and a conversion from fly-half Johnny Sexton was enough to fend off a dogged Glasgow side who rallied late on with a score from hooker Grant Stewart. 

The victory signalled the end of Leinster back-row Sean O’Brien’s stay at the Irish province, having agreed a move to London Irish at the end of the season while full-back Rob Kearney has signed a one-year extension with the four-time European Cup winners.