Leinster 15 - 12 Racing 92: Irish hold nerve to win Euro cup

13 May, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • A Homecoming For The Triumphant Leinster Team Will Take Place In Dublin Today

Expected to be chose to by performance in this year's Champions Cup final, Scott Fardy, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton are the three Leinster players up for the award.

Racing 92 await in Saturday's Champions Cup final in Bilbao, live on Sky Sports Action, with the milestone set by fallen giants Toulouse in their sights.

"If we are going to beat them, we will need to find that extra gear against them". The Irish club have been outstanding in this season's competition and will be hard to stop if they reproduce the form which dismantled Scarlets in the semi-final last month.

Leinster, though, found some reserves of energy and got their reward for a period of possession on the opposition 22 as Racing were penalised at the breakdown. Leo Cullen and Stuart are both really, really good.

Racing 92 made their way into the quarter-final after finishing second behind Munster in the pool stages. They have been French champions on five occasions but the European crown has eluded them so far, though they were finalists in 2016.

This resulted in Racing travelling to French rivals Clermont in their last-eight tie but the visitors produced a dominant second-half performance to overturn a slight deficit and win 28-17.

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He was enormous in their semi-final win over Munster, making 20 tackles and constantly slowing down ball.

When all hope looked lost, Nacewa kicked a penalty to equalise on 73 minutes, and two minutes from time Leinster took the lead for the first time in the entire final.

Teddy Iribaren, deputising for the injured Maxime Machenaud, had kept Racing's noses in front for much of the match and ended with 12 points.

Ryan, meanwhile, is still awaiting his first defeat since breaking into both the Leinster and Ireland sides over the past 12 months. But it is their European form this season, which includes dominant wins over Saracens and Scarlets, which is the biggest factor in their favour.

Racing 92 - runners-up two seasons ago - are looking to claim their first title in the club's history.

The sides were level 6-6 at the break.

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