With two games remaining in the pool stage, Saracens hold a two-point advantage over Racing Metro and a four-point cushion over Munster. Saracens were deserved winners, overcoming the loss of Will Fraser to the sin bin, but had to rely on 14 points from the boot of Farrell for their success along with David Strettle's first-half try.
Munster grabbed an interception try from Doug Howlett - which Ronan O'Gara converted in addition to two penalties - but the away side failed to take advantage of Fraser's absence and two late misses from O'Gara cost them dearly.
Sale suffered their heaviest Heineken Cup defeat as Toulon showed their title credentials with a crushing 62-0 victory at Stade Felix Mayol.
The Top 14 leaders were sensational against the Aviva Premiership's bottom-placed side as they made it four wins from four in Pool Six. The Armitage brothers, Steffon and Delon, were at the fore for the big-spending French outfit as the Sharks shipped nine tries in suffering a crushing loss.
Sale held firm for the first 30 minutes on the Cote D'Azur but they were cannon fodder after that as Jean-Charles Orioli, Freddie Michalak - who started ahead of Jonny Wilkinson - Joe van Niekerk (two), Davit Kubriashvili, Rudi Wolf and David Smith joined the Armitage boys on the scoreboard.
Glasgow Warriors will return from the south of France with their heads held high after an agonising 10-8 defeat to Castres saw them slump to a fourth-straight loss in Pool Four.
The visitors forged an 8-3 lead at the break thanks to a John Barclay try but Castres fought back, and a Ruaridh Jackson penalty to win the match bounced back off the post as the French side held on. In a close match at the Pierre-Antoine Stadium, it was Gregor Townsend's Warriors who burst into life quickest and registered a first score with less than two minutes on the clock.
Peter Horne made no mistake with a penalty in front of the posts, while Romain Teulet levelled just three minutes later for the hosts. Iosefa Tekori crossed over a try late on and Daniel Kirkpatrick's conversion proved to be the difference between the two sides.
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