Mako Vunipola praises brother Billy’s self-control after boos in Saracens win

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

The England No 8, who was booed by Munster fans, had finished an interview having been named man of the match when he was confronted by a spectator who gestured to Vunipola and tried, unsuccessfully, to draw him into an argument.

Saracens will line up with a near full-strength side in the Champions Cup semi, with Owen Farrell returning to European action after he missed the quarter-final against Glasgow Warriors for the birth of his son.

A Munster fan invaded the pitch to gesticulate at Vunipola after his man of the match performance in Saracens' 32-16 win.

He also liked a social media post from controversial Australian player Israel Folau that stated "hell awaits" for homosexuals. 'I heard the crowd jeering him. "It was one of those things and you move on". But he is a big boy who can take care of himself.

'The club dealt with it (Vunipola social media posts).

"So, [they are] just a really good all-round team and they did a very good job at home to Exeter, who are flying in our competition over here".

"He did well not to respond, so fair play to him".

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Thomas says it's "very easy" for him to say sorry and for his club to release a statement, and that "nothing has changed" as Vunipola still believes in his words. Yes, he got booed and everything with it, but everything like that we try and use for our energy within.

"I was just really pleased with our intensity and the control we had".

Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall said it was a "great team effort" that saw Saracens through to their fourth European final. He made a lot of really important collisions.' He went on to acclaim his squad, saying: 'I suppose the mark of a tight group is that you support your team-mates through the good times and through the hard times, and that is what I have witnessed this week. "I think they referenced the match against us past year as a turning point. That is what I have witnessed this week".

"The thing that pleased me most was the players understood that the score didn't reflect the way we played and what we were building towards".

"People say I put my foot in it so I have to deal with it", Vunipola told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's not something I'm afraid of. These matches take a long time to win".

"We get very excited by this tournament, we love it, and it means a lot to the club".

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