Leinster lift fourth European Cup after 15-12 victory over Racing 92

13 May, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Toner right and Ryan know each other well from their time together with Ireland

Leinster equalled Toulouse's record of four European Champions Cup rugby titles when they eked out a 15-12 win over injury-ravaged Racing 92 in the final.

While Ireland have benefited from the production line of homegrown talent emerging from their most successful province, billionaire property mogul Jacky Lorenzetti has spent vast sums signing some of the sport's biggest names. We couldn't get going in the game.

Racing, who made more of a contest of it than many had suggested they would and were level at the break, had to contend with the pre-match loss of Dan Carter to injury, while Pat Lambie lasted only around three minutes before succumbing to the same fate.

"I think they're a side that has come to their peak at the end of the season", he said.

"We were very close". With Thomas himself looking unsure at what had happened, you can see the incident play out below.

Sexton and Iribaren traded penalties but also both traded misses from the half way line, Sexton twice.

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A relieved and delighted Sexton, who has been with the club for all of its triumphs in Europe's premier competition, said: "We did it the hard way".

Sexton is now hoping to finish the season on a high, with a domestic semi-final against Munster next on the agenda. "To have my wife here and son - and Sophie at home - that is for them really".

"Off the bench he's still a threat for them". "It will be a tough game against Munster who will come out hard at us now we are European champions".

Using flanker Dan Leavy as the main hitman for flat ball as Leinster played percentages around the gainline, the Irish started to make inroads.

Despite Cullen's eagerness to paint Leinster as the underdogs who punch above their weight, Racing's France number eight Yannick Nyanga points out they have been backed to win by bookmakers. "We showed some great composure in the second-half even if it was painful to watch sometimes", the former lock said.

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