Aben­danon: It’s not a nice feel­ing but we’ll be back again

The Rugby Paper - - European Champions Cup Final Verdict -

NICK Aben­danon was left gut­ted by Sara­cens’ stun­ning fi­nale af­ter his side had fought their way back into the match.

He said: “It’s prob­a­bly a good thing I am not a bet­ting man, be­cause be­fore that match I would have put my mort­gage on us win­ning.

“The boys had the most be­lief that I had seen in the last two years and when we came back into it and it was 17-18, I thought we were go­ing to do it.

“Un­for­tu­nately Sar­ries showed their class to fin­ish off the game and I am just gut­ted for the boys.”

Aben­danon, be­low, added: “Ef­fort wise, we put ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing out there. In de­fence we soaked up a hell of a lot of their pres­sure and they came at us wave af­ter wave and we kept them out a num­ber of times.

“Tac­ti­cally I think we were prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit im­pa­tient when we had slow ball. We pan­icked a lit­tle bit try­ing to get out of our own half and that’s when our strong hard kicks weren’t on the money as well as they should have been.”

Aben­danon says at­ten­tion now turns back to do­mes­tic ac­tion, with Cler­mont chas­ing hard for the Top 14 ti­tle.

“We still have two games left in Top 14, so we have got to show ma­tu­rity to pick our­selves up and con­cen­trate on that.

“We have to make sure that we come out with some­thing from the sea­son be­cause dur­ing this Cham­pi­ons Cup cam­paign we were the num­ber one team go­ing into the fi­nal and just came up short again. “This team has got a lot of be­lief; look we are there ev­ery year in semi-fi­nals or fi­nals. It’s not a nice feel­ing but we will be there next year and have just got to hope that it will be our year.”

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