Leinster win tense 2018 Champions Cup Final

13 May, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Luke Mc Grath has been carrying an ankle injury since the semi-final win over Saracens

Leinster have swept all before them this season, including an emphatic quarter-final victory over champions Saracens that was bettered a round later when they overwhelmed the Scarlets 38-16.

The Racing back-up took the place of Dan Carter - the victim of a hamstring injury - on the bench just before kick-off.

The game kicks off at 5.45pm local time so we'll be on air for 4.45pm with full commentary and analysis. They are without their captain, the scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, and Dan Carter misses out through injury, with Pat Lambie getting the nod at fly-half.

Saturday's final could have gone either way as Racing were never behind until Isa Nacewa's 79th-minute penalty won the game for Leinster. We're under no illusions, it's a very formidable bunch of players that we'll be up against.

Top 14 clubs are no stranger to success in continental competition and Racing can become the fourth French team to win European rugby's blue-riband tournament after Toulouse, Toulon and Brive.

His opposite number, Pat Lambie, is an experienced Springbok global and will probably now have to take on the goalkicking in the absence of the injured Maxime Machenaud. "We expected him to start because he's done so well for them throughout the competition", said Sexton, who spent two years at Racing until 2015.


Sexton is now hoping to finish the season on a high, with a domestic semi-final against Munster next on the agenda. "To have my wife here and son - and Sophie at home - that is for them really".

"Off the bench he's still a threat for them". "It will be a tough game against Munster who will come out hard at us now we are European champions".

"He still a world-class player who will be keen to make an impact when he does come on".

With 2 minutes left Leinster made it into the Racing 22 thanks to a Henshaw break and earned a penalty, which Nacewa slotted over in front of the posts.

"Even though they're favourites we don't have a problem with that - we have the firepower to worry any team", Nyanga said.

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