Johnny Sexton hails Stuart Lancaster's impact after Leinster Champions Cup win

Scott Fardy

Scott Fardy

Racing regained possession immediately from the restart, piled on the pressure but their final drop goal was put wide with clock in the red.

Wicklow man Leo Cullen made history today as the first rugby player to win the European Champions Cup as both manager and player.

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.

By way of further gloss to their landmark day, Leinster also became only the second team after Saracens to win all nine of their European Champions Cup games in a season, with a Pro14 semi-final against Munster up next.

However, with the game tied at 12-12, Racing will have reason to wonder what could have been if not for the misjudgment of Teddy Thomas.

Tales had been a late call-up to Racing's matchday 23 when Dan Carter was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury, and he wasn't left on the bench for long.




The Springbok would not be able to return, meaning Racing had effectively lost two fly-halves before a point had been scored and thrusting Tales into the action.

A high Garry Ringrose tackle following Lambie's early injury saw Teddy Iribaren, deputising for the injured Maxime Machenaud at scrum-half, open the scoring with a penalty in a tight game where defence was the victor and wide, expansive attack never an option.

The Irish, however, benefited from Racing's lack of discipline and Nacewa slotted the penalties home after Sexton had struggled with his kicking.

Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, Sexton admitted it was a hard-earned victory to complete an unbeaten season in Europe.

With 10 minutes to play, Leinster brought down a maul and it was the unheralded Iribaren, who previously played for Montpellier and Brive, who booted Racing into the lead with his fourth penalty.

There was a similar outcome less than five minutes later as the New Zealand-born wing punished the French side for getting caught offside after Garry Ringrose had taken his side into the 22.

Recommended News

  • We Finally Know What Baby True Thompson Looks Like

    We Finally Know What Baby True Thompson Looks Like

    She followed it up with a message of gratitude to her fans for all the love and support they've shown since her baby was born. Next, Ryan Seacrest asks if there is any part of her that roots for Khloe and Tristan to make their relationship work.

    How to Watch Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town

    The Terriers are still desperate for points in their bid to stave off relegation. There are only two weeks and this season will finish.
    HOU 112, UTA 102: Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz

    HOU 112, UTA 102: Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz

    Instead it was the wily veteran, who gave us glimpses of the Paul we fell in love with early in his career in New Orleans . In Game 4, the Jazz channeled all action towards the middle of the floor and forced Paul to beat them from mid-range.
  • London mayor to ban junk food ads on public transport

    London mayor to ban junk food ads on public transport

    Mr Khan says that "bold steps" are required in order to do the right thing for young people and alleviate pressure the health service.
    Israeli forces hit by 20 ROCKETS as Iran strikes back at rival

    Israeli forces hit by 20 ROCKETS as Iran strikes back at rival

    A barrage of 20 rockets was sacked Wednesday night from Syria towards Israeli military outposts in the Golan Heights. Such strikes have become more frequent recently, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran.
    Drilling Down Into the Books for The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

    Drilling Down Into the Books for The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

    The highest price DIS stock touched in the last 12 month was $113.19 and the lowest price it hit in the same period was $96.2. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund accumulated 0.59% or 371,095 shares. 36,229 were accumulated by Barr E S.
  • Donald Trump lauds capture of five Islamic State commanders by Iraq

    Donald Trump lauds capture of five Islamic State commanders by Iraq

    Five senior Islamic State ( ISIS) leaders have been captured in a sting operation orchestrated by American and Iraqi intelligence. The ISIS leaders who were apprehended do not include al-Baghdadi, a senior USA official confirmed to CBS News' Margaret Brennan.

    Businessman Mike Braun wins Indiana GOP Senate primary

    Messer additionally shrugged off the advert saying, "If Mike Braun is outdoors something, he's outdoors the Republican Occasion". It's been a busy primary season. "It's a Republican state, but it's hard to beat an incumbent".
    Police believe Macomb County search area is 'gravesite' of teen

    Police believe Macomb County search area is 'gravesite' of teen

    Investigators who've pieced together strings from some of those other inmates have reopened the cold cases of six young girls. Dwyer said that based on the investigation, he is confident that more bodies will be found, although it may take days.
  • Google Duplex to disclose its artificial nature in calls

    Google Duplex to disclose its artificial nature in calls

    Google verified on Thursday, 10 May that the Duplex AI will also be able to appropriately identify itself when talking to people. In the course of the conversation the system is told it wouldn't need a reservation for that many people on that particular day.
    Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

    Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

    Woods won seven of those events, Mickelson two, with Tiger holding a 69.66 to 69.88 scoring edge, as per Woods' official site . Another bogey on the 15 and a second birdie on 16 kept him at one under par . "I knew this was going to be an issue.
    Buffalo high school ranked best in Upstate New York, 17th in state

    Buffalo high school ranked best in Upstate New York, 17th in state

    How PMSA students compared with students across District 209 and the state in m ath and reading proficiency. News, which are awarded based on students' graduation rate, college readiness, and test scores.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.