Leinster are crowned champions of Europe after a cagey final

Leinster are crowned champions of Europe after a cagey final

Leinster are crowned champions of Europe after a cagey final

In the build up to the win, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen contrasted the approach in making up the respective squads, stating via The Irish Times: "When you've got Dan Carter on your bench it says it all really". Fourth choice because starting fly-half was Pat Lambie injured early on, while Dan Carter and Machenaud were ruled out before the game began.

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

"We had a big heart today, but that's not enough".

"Stuart Lancaster, what a special coach to come in and do what he's done", Sexton said.

Having lost replacement out-half Dan Carter before the game, Racing suffered a huge blow when Springbok Pat Lambie turned his ankle after breaking the Leinster line and from not being in the match-day squad suddenly France global Tales was playing out-half after two minutes.

Lambie was also the designated place-kicker, after scrum-half Maxime Machenaud was ruled out through injury in recent weeks, and was consoled by former Ireland worldwide Donnacha Ryan as he left the field.

It completes a dream season for the former Cooley Kickhams GAA player who was also part of Ireland's Six Nations Grand Slam in the Spring.

But Racing 92's hopes of a first European Cup now rest in the hands of French out-half Remi Tales.

Racing 92 stand between Leinster and a record-equalling fourth European crown with Cullen eager to highlight their contrasting approaches to scaling the pinnacle of the club game in this hemisphere.

Tales and Racing's South African-born France flanker Bernard Le Roux were then penalised at a ruck, but Sexton went wide with a monster 48-metre penalty, mirrored shortly after by Iribaren.

That lead lasted just over 10 minutes as Nacewa launched a Leinster attack down the left wing that led to a penalty for the Irish province.

A well-worked move up the right released Fardy as Leinster sought to hit back and, when Henry Chavancy crept up offside, Isa Nacewa had a chance to level as he took over the kicking from Sexton.

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