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Sexton Explains Crucial Decision To Not Kick The Ball Out Before Half-Time

Sexton Explains Crucial Decision To Not Kick The Ball Out Before Half-Time

Leinster's search for a second Champions Cup crown fell just short as Saracens secured a 20-10 victory in St James' Park.

It was a keenly contested clash with both sides going hell for leather throughout. One of several crucial moments came just before half-time when Luke McGrath elected to kick a box-kick to Saracens instead of kicking the ball out and ending the half with their lead.

Speaking to Virgin Media Sport, captain Johnny Sexton explained why they made that decision.

"We conceded just before half-time which was a killer moment," the Irish out-half said.

We made a ballsy enough play. At a ruck, we could have put it dead and kicked it out. We were thinking, 'lets put pressure on them and get another score.' Like I say, you can never sit back and we've got a chance to put it up and win it in the air.

We didn't take it and they scored just before half-time. But it's not the game, we had lots of chances in the second half. That's the way I saw it anyway.

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