Leo makes history as Leinster clinch European Champions cup

  • Leo makes history as Leinster clinch European Champions cup

Leo makes history as Leinster clinch European Champions cup

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.

He has won 112 caps, nine Rugby Championships and two World Cups with New Zealand; three World Player of the Year awards - evenly spread from 2005, 2012 and 2015 - four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders and two Top14 wins with Perpignan and Racing. On came Remi Tales but at least they could console themselves with Teddy Iribaren kicking them 3-0 ahead.

Leinster have never lost a European final and they managed to maintain that proud record with Nacewa's late contribution ensuring that they ended their Champions Cup campaign unbeaten.

Racing were hit with an early injury, as outhalf Pat Lambie was forced off with injury after only 2 minutes.

Starting first-five Pat Lambie 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.

"We did it the hard way, I don't know what to say".

"It's frustrating because we were really close", Racing centre Henry Chavancy said after his team's second final defeat in three years.

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

From a Leinster line-out, Racing's Leone Nakawara stole possession superbly.

Racing sensed the game was there for the taking and steamed into the Leinster half.

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.

Sexton had been dazed in the passage of play that preceded it, meaning kicking responsibility was passed to captain Nacewa who made no mistake.

Leinster responded immediately, Australian flanker Scott Fardy exploding down the wing.