Leinster Looking For 4th European Title This Evening

Jo Caldwell
May 13, 2018

But Sexton responded with a penalty and Iribaren's fourth penalty was cancelled out by Nacewa's boot.

Racing regained possession immediately from the restart, piled on the pressure but their final drop goal was put wide with clock in the red. But it wasn't to be enough.

Racing 92 may be the underdogs going into Saturday's European Champions Cup final against Leinster, but don't write them off.

"I know this is a huge desire of his to win the Champions Cup and I'm sure he wants to win the Top 14 again as well".

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Leinster head into the game as favourites after a very convincing 38-16 victory over Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium last month, thanks to the work of several Irish Six Nations Grand Slam winners including Jonny Sexton, Cian Healy and Devin Toner.

Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Ben Tameifuna are aiming to complete a double of Champions Cup and Super Rugby, a feat that can also be accomplished by Leinster's Jamison Gibson-Park.

Athlone's Robbie Henshaw lines out in the centre alongside Garry Ringrose.

Iribaren was brilliant in the opening half as he showed no signs of any nerves - putting in a couple of booming early clearance kicks and keeping the scoreboard ticking.

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The sides were level 6-6 at the break. But Racing raced out the traps and a superb first-half display, featuring two tries from Teddy Thomas, helped them take a commanding lead.

Fergus McFadden's injury suffered against the Scarlets in the semi-final sees Jordan Larmour come in for his third start of the competition, while scrum-half Luke McGrath has recovered from the ankle injury which had kept him on the sidelines to partner Johnny Sexton at half-back.

While Leinster have a formidable record in European finals, Racing are aiming to lift the continent's greatest rugby prize for the first time, having lost their only previous appearance in the showpiece to Saracens two seasons ago.

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

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Former Munster lock Donnacha Ryan is part of the French side's pack.

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