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

13 May, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • One of James Lowe and Jamison Gibson Park is set to miss out

Thousands of Leinster fans have made the trip to Northern Spain for this evenings" Champions Cup Final against Racing "92 in Bilbao.

"It means a huge amount to me, my family and friends - they are the ones that all stood by me in my tough times after the World Cup", Lancaster said after helping Leinster to win Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 2012. Cian Healy, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Fourth choice because starting fly-half was Pat Lambie injured early on, while Dan Carter and Machenaud were ruled out before the game began.

Isa Nacewa thought he had broken through after a neat Sexton wraparound on Scott Fardy, only for Teddy Thomas to reel him in and, while the winger later intercepted a Fardy pass, referee Wayne Barnes was playing advantage and the Ireland out-half was able to level from the tee.

Former Munster lock Donnacha Ryan is part of the French side's pack. "They've got threats all over the park".

Racing, beaten by Sarries in the 2016 final, continued to impress after the interval and retook the lead through Iribaren, with Sexton's attempted long-ranger drawing howls of derision as it came up well short and wide.

Leinster had scored 31 tries in their eight Champions Cup games this season but they never broke the deadlock as Racing defended furiously throughout a tight match.

A high tackle by Tales on Robbie Henshaw offered Leinster one last opportunity before half-time and a deliberate knock-on by Leone Nakarawa handed Sexton the chance to level before half-time. Jack McGrath, 18. Andrew Porter, 19. Wenceslas Lauret, 7. Bernard Le Roux, 8.

With no side ever getting any further than three points ahead of the other, it was with some surprise that Johnny Sexton stepped away from kicking-duty in the place of the departing Nacewa.

The sides were level 6-6 at the break. Jordan Larmour, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Devin Toner, 5.

Replacements: 16. James Tracy, 17.



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