Leinster edge Racing to claim fourth European title

Leinster edge Racing to claim fourth European title

Leinster edge Racing to claim fourth European title

Leinster have won the Champions Cup for a fourth time.

Leinster are captained by Isa Nacewa in his last game in Europe before retirement and Johnny Sexton starts at No 10 with the pack unchanged from the semi-final victory over Scarlets.

"We were pretty clinical [against Scarlets] but I like to think we have another gear in us", said Leinster flanker Dan Leavy.

"If we are going to beat them, we will need to find that extra gear against them".

Leinster coach Cullen and Racing counterpart Travers are not just fighting it out to lead their sides to glory. The 21-year-old lock forward made countless effective bursts, testing the French side's tacklers.

"We were very close".

"It was a weird kind of feeling in the changing room because we knew that while it was a big win and we were dominant, we also knew there's more in us and there's another gear".

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A pre-match hamstring injury spoiled Carter's European swansong, with Racing's injury list already including talismanic skipper Maxime Machenaud (knee) and Dimitri Szarzewski (bicep).

Pat Lambie then sustained a knee injury in the second minute, so French worldwide Tales, who did not feature on the team list in the morning, had to deputise.

Sexton levelled in the 16th minute following his own loop with Scott Fardy and a penetrating run from Nacewa, but Iribaren, who impressed along with Camille Chat in a composed first quarter from Racing, punished a maul infringement for 6-3.

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

The 6-6 scoreline became 9-9 and then 12-12 as Iribaren landed four of his five penalty attempts and Sexton finished with three.

The second half played out to a similar pattern, with Iribaren and Sexton exchanging penalties at the atmosphere grew increasingly tense in northern Spain.

Another Racing offside infringement was sanctioned by Wayne Barnes and winger Nacewa coolly slotted home the winning kick one minute from time.

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