Farrell – Experience has helped

Owen Farrell believes Saracens have learnt from their previous mistakes and are now capable of beating Toulon ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Cup final (Match Betting – Toulon 8/13, draw 20/1, Saracens 13/10).

Sarries lost to the reigning champions in the last four of the 2012-13 tournament, with Jonny Wilkinson kicking all of his side’s points in a 24-12 win at the Twickenham.

That victory showed exactly where the Fezheads were falling short at the highest level, with the nous of the Toulon (4/7 favourites Heineken Cup outright) pack helping them win a number of needless penalties from their overenthusiastic opponents.

Now, 12 months on from that heartache, Saracens (5/4 Heineken Cup outright) buried some of their demons by beating Clermont in the semi-finals and are all ready and raring to go ahead of Saturday’s clash at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The game promises to be extra special with both teams currently going for domestic and European doubles, while victory for Bernard Laporte’s men would also see them become the first side to successfully defend the Heineken Cup.

Farrell believes Saturday’s match will be a different animal to the pair’s last meeting and feels the experience of that day has shown his side exactly what they will need to do if they are to win their first European trophy in the Welsh capital.

“I think we’ve learned a lot. It’s a long time ago now that defeat,” the England man told Sky Sports News.

“It’s probably two different teams coming up against each other tomorrow but we probably made too many mistakes in our own half. A lot of points came from when they kicked off to us and we didn’t execute too well and I think that’s what we’ve been outstanding at this year.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we apply the pressure in the right parts of the field, which we have been doing. Other than that, we’ve just got to make good decisions.”

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