Former Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell ended his illustrious dual-code career on a losing note as Northampton beat his Saracens side 16-13 to reach the European Challenge Cup final.
"I did think I'd be emotional but I'm just gutted that we didn't win in the end. We're very disappointed." said Farrell after fly-half Stephen Myler's 75th-minute drop goal snatched victory for the Saints.
"We definitely targeted this as a competition that we should win but all credit to Northampton."
Farrell, who appeared off the bench for the final 25 minutes before heading into retirement, continued: "We did play well in the second half and we deserved something out of it but all credit to Myler, it was a great drop goal in the end.
"They're a great side, Jim Mallinder and Dorian West have done a fantastic job this year and they will be hard to beat in the final."
Northampton play the winners of Saturday's semi-final in France between Bourgoin and Worcester.
Rugby director Mallinder said: "In the first half we were excellent, we played some really good rugby and thoroughly deserved our half-time lead.
"Saracens came back at us well in the second half but we defended well, got the drop goal and kept control."
The final will be played on the weekend in around three weeks time, with the exact date and venue still to be decided.