Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Leinster Defeat Racing 92 To Become European Champions!

Leinster celebrate winning the European Champions Cup Final at the San Mames Stadium Bilbao Leinster celebrate winning the European Champions Cup Final at the San Mames Stadium Bilbao
Melissa Porter | 13 May, 2018, 00:21

Two late Isa Nacewa penalties saw Leinster beat Racing 92 15-12 to claim a record-equalling fourth European title at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on Saturday.

Cullen sought the help of former England coach Stuart Lancaster and the team haven't looked back since, with Lancaster bringing his experience and tactical know-how to the squad.

"We were very close".

"We failed. They did what they had to do to win the game".

"The way Lambie played against Munster in the semi-finals and the way he has played all season meant we thought he'd be likely to start. I hope to return home with a big smile on my face, holding the trophy". "At our level it is all about details and our discipline was poor in the first half", flanker Yannick Nyanga said.

Leinster's Coach Leo Cullan and assistant coach Stuart Lancaster during the captain's run at the San Mames Stadium Bilbao
Leinster’s Coach Leo Cullan and assistant coach Stuart Lancaster during the captain’s run at the San Mames Stadium Bilbao

There was still one heart-in-mouth moment left for the Leinster faithful to endure as Remi Tales chanced his arm at a dropgoal in the final minute, but the kick soared wide and Leinster were left with the taste of victory. Racing, had lost outhalf Dan Carter before the match, they were then dealt another injury blow in the opening minutes when Pat Lambie suffered a knee injury.

They traded a couple more penalties before the interval after the French side defended aggressively, disrupting Leinster's usually well-oiled machine.

Carter is playing his final European match for Racing before heading to Japanese club rugby, but Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton insists that even at 36 years old the World Cup victor remains a threat.

This time, Sexton made no mistake and booted his second penalty to again equalise the scores at 6-6 going into half-time.