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Saracens 32-16 Munster: Billy Vunipola shakes off controversy to help side into Heineken Champions Cup final Billy Vunipola scored as Saracens beat Munster in Champions Cup semi-final  Michael Rhodes scored first try after break as Owen Farrell kicked 22 points Darren Sweetnam responded for visitors while Vincent Koch was sin-binned Premiership champions will face either Toulouse or Leinster in final on May 11

By Andrew Baldock, Press Association Sport Rugby Union Correspondent

Published: 18:08 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 18:08 BST, 20 April 2019

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Billy Vunipola was on the score sheet as Saracens reached their third European final in four seasons after beating Heineken Champions Cup opponents Munster 32-16.

Saracens' England number eight delivered an official man-of-the-match display, but he was booed most times he touched the ball at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

Vunipola received formal warnings from his club and Rugby Football Union in the past week after he posted on social media that "man was made for woman to procreate that was the goal no?"

Billy Vunipola responded to mid-week controversy with a brilliant display and a vital try

Billy Vunipola responded to mid-week controversy with a brilliant display and a vital try

Flanker Michael Rhodes set Saracens on the way to victory after crossing in the second half

Flanker Michael Rhodes set Saracens on the way to victory after crossing in the second half

He also liked a social media post from controversial Australia star Israel Folau that stated "hell awaits" for homosexuals.

MATCH FACTS 

SARACENS: Goode, Maitland, Lozowski, Barritt, Williams, Farrell, Spencer, M. Vunipola, George, Lamositele, Itoje, Kruis, Rhodes, Wray, B. Vunipola.

REPLACEMENTS: Gray, Barrington, Koch, Skelton, Burger, Wigglesworth, Tompkins, Strettle.

TRIES: Rhodes, B Vunipola, CONS: Farrell 2, PENS: Farrell 6; 

MUNSTER: Haley, Conway, Farrell, R. Scannell, Sweetnam, Bleyendaal, Murray, Kilcoyne, N. Scannell, Ryan, Kleyn, Beirne, P. O'Mahony, O'Donoghue, Stander.

REPLACEMENTS: Marshall, Loughman, Archer, Holland, Botha, Mathewson, Hanrahan, Goggin. 

TRY: Sweetnam; CON: Hanrahan PENS: Bleyendaal 2, Murray

REFEREE: Jerome Garces (France)

A few rainbow flags - symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements - were visible among a Munster-dominated crowd of just over 16,000.

But the powerful back-row forward claimed Saracens' second touchdown to book an appointment in next month's final against holders Leinster or French heavyweights Toulouse at Newcastle's St James' Park.

Fly-half Owen Farrell was the architect

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