Leinster Defeat Racing 92 To Become European Champions!

Racing 92’s Teddy Iribaren

Racing 92 may have suffered heartbreak in the European Champions Cup final, but there was a measure of consolation for Leone Nakarawa as the Fiji global was named European Player of the Year for 2018.

The successful team, who defeated Racing 92 by a score of 15-12, will be presented in front of fans at Donnybrook Stadium from 4pm with a screening of yesterday's game taking place beforehand from 2.30pm.

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

Isa Nacewa kicks the winning penalty for Leinster during the European Rugby Champions Cup final. Fly-half Johnny Sexton duly slotted through the posts.

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The Top 14 club were ahead with less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock as they stifled Leinster's attacking threat throughout the 80 minutes.

It looked as though the French side might have been about to edge the boys in blue when Teddi Iribaren scored his fourth penalty of the day with just ten minutes to go.

Racing shrugged off injuries to flyhalves Dan Carter and Pat Lambie to lead twice during a cagey first half, Teddy Iribaren's two penalties being cancelled out by a Jonathan Sexton pair.

Racing attempted to take the match to extra time and were able to drive the ball to the Leinster 22-metre line but the drop goal attempt of Rémi Tales fell wide to give the Irish province a record-equalling fourth European Cup.

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