European Rugby Champions Cup: Holders Saracens see off Glasgow to set up daunting date with Munster at Aviva Stadium

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Ashton scored two tries for holders Saracens (Source: Getty)

Saracens boss Mark McCall admits they face a daunting prospect in their European Champions Cup semi-final against Munster after securing progress by beating Glasgow Warriors.

Two tries from in-form wing Chris Ashton and further scores from centres Marcelo Bosch and Brad Barritt helped Sarries defeat Glasgow 38-13 in a quarter-final played front of a record Allianz Park crowd of 15,000.

That is nothing compared to the partisan throng likely to await them at the Aviva Stadium, where the holders men are set to face Munster in three weeks’ time for a place in the final.

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“It’s going to be a very special day,” said director of rugby McCall.

“There’s going to be 50,000 Munster fans, we all know there’s an emotional element to this game and making sure that we’re able to cope with that is going to be one of our tasks in the next few weeks.”

Saracens led through three early penalties from fly-half Owen Farrell, who ended the match with 18 points, when Ashton breached the visiting defence for the first time.

Glasgow trailed 14-3 at the break but hinted at a comeback early in the second half when wing Lee Jones caught a Finn Russell kick and shrugged off Ashton and Alex Goode before touching down.

Bosch snuffed out the resurgence, however, when he skipped clear with 20 minutes left and Farrell landed another penalty before Saracens added further gloss to the scoreline.

Barritt collected a Schalk Brits offload to score the hosts’ third try and Ashton notched his second of the afternoon before Glasgow flanker Ryan Wilson’s late consolation effort.

“It was a really strong performance all the way through the game,” added McCall.

“The only issue at half time was that the dominance that we’d had wasn’t reflected on the score board. We did really well in the second half to not get impatient and we kept on doing the right things to pull away.”

Munster reached the last four by beating Toulouse 41-16 on Saturday, while in Sunday’s other quarter-final Clermont Auvergne defeated Toulon 29-9 to set up a meeting with Leinster, conquerors of Wasps.

Semi-final draw

Clermont Auvergne v Leinster

Munster v Saracens

Both ties to be played 22/23 April

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