Munster seek end to semi-final hoodoo against Saracens

In search of a breakthrough: Munster and centre Chris Farrell (L), pictured in action for Ireland during this season's Six Nations

Chris Farrell has said Munster are determined to learn the lessons of repeated semi-final failure when they face Saracens in the last four of the Champions Cup on Saturday.

This weekend's clash is a repeat of the 2017 semi-final in Dublin that saw reigning English champions Saracens run out 26-10 winners on the way to their second straight European title.

But that reverse has been far from Irish province Munster's only semi-final setback in recent years.

They have not got beyond this stage since winning the second of their two European titles in 2008, and Munster centre Farrell said Friday: "We've got to get past the semi-final stage because this is our third in a row now.

"It's a 14th semi-final, which is a record, but we've got to get past this point. It can't be a sticking point all the time," he added ahead of Saturday's match at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

"We can't have the same mindset as in previous years, we've got to do something different and implement things that haven't worked in the past.

"Saracens have been one of the biggest forces in Europe over the last few seasons. They're always there or thereabouts, but we gave them too much respect two years ago.

"We're not going to sit back the way we did in 2017 and let them enforce their game in the second half, which is what they did that time."

Saracens are unbeaten in Europe this season, but Farrell said: "We've got some real quality now -- Tadhg Beirne is a big, big asset to us and Peter O'Mahony is playing rugby like he's never played before. This time we're better."

"We always say that we start from zero and this is a new game, regardless of what happened in the quarter-final. This is our chance to start from zero."