January 20, 2019

Leinster Looking For 4th European Title This Evening

13 May 2018, 12:23 | Randall Craig

A Homecoming For The Triumphant Leinster Team Will Take Place In Dublin Today

Jonathan Sexton right and head coach Leo Cullen during a Leinster Rugby press conference at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao Spain

Racing were dealt a blow just before kick-off when All Blacks legend Dan Carter withdrew from the bench with injury.

Leinster had been deadlocked with Racing for the whole game, and looked as though they may have been left to rue two missed kicks by Johnny Sexton.

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Another offside in front of their posts and Racing were made to pay, Nacewa kicking his second penalty to hand Leinster a 15-12 lead, Tales going wide with an injury-time drop-goal that would have seen added time. "So delighted to come out on the right side of the result", Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster said.

"It's one of the great challenges that we face as a club moving forward - you see some of the French teams and the resources they have available and the calibre of players they have been signing over the years makes it a great challenge for us".

"I thought we were close last season, we scored 30 tries in the pool games, and the Clermont game was lost on small margins".

The Irish province, who matched Toulouse's four continental triumphs having previously won in 2009, 2011 and 2012, completed their European campaign unbeaten in nine games. "I think that's been the big difference".

However, Racing will have to do without their first-choice out-half-scrum-half combination, as well as their two-time World Cup winning back-up.

Captain Isa Nacewa sealed victory with a penalty as only 90 seconds remained on the clock.

Racing went ahead with an Iribaren penalty but Sexton levelled.

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