Leinster win European Cup after beating Racing 92 15-12

Ruben Holloway
May 13, 2018

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has billed Saturday's Champions Cup final in Bilbao as a clash between the paupers from Ireland and the aristocrats of France.

"They have assembled an expensive bunch of players and we have to do things fairly differently at Leinster by producing guys from within mainly, although we bring in a couple of key signings from overseas".

"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".

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What would top of an already incredible year for Irish rugby, here are all the details on where to watch Leinster vs Racing 92. Leinster were even better in the last-four as they dominated Scarlets, scoring five tries in their 38-16 win.

Racing delivered a devastating first-half performance in the semi-finals which gave them a 21-point half-time lead in an eventual 27-22 victory over Munster.

In between times an absorbing and brutal, if at times ugly, first half had played out in Bilbao as Leinster counteracted Iribaren's sniping with a kicking game that targeted their opponents' back three's lack of height.

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Racing 92: 15 Louis Dupichot; 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Marc Andreu; 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Teddy Iribaren; 1 Eddy Ben Arous, 2 Camille Chat, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 8 Yannick Nyanga. This is a significant blow for the outsiders with their influential captain missing. Leinster in front for the first time in the game. But it is their European form this season, which includes dominant wins over Saracens and Scarlets, which is the biggest factor in their favour.

There are no obvious weaknesses in Leinster's team, with their set-piece exceptionally strong and the backline stacked with quality.

The sides were level 6-6 at the break. Sexton suffered his second miss from long range, following a James Ryan lineout steal, and as the contest became increasingly scrappy, Iribaren's only penalty miss let Dan Leavy off the hook for a high tackle.

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