Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Champions Cup final: Dan Carter on bench in Champions Cup final

Champions Cup final: Dan Carter on bench in Champions Cup final

"So delighted to come out on the right side of the result", Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster said.

On Saturday, he helped Leinster to a 15-12 victory over Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final, earning the province a record-equalling fourth triumph in European rugby's most prestigious club competition.

Lambie and Carter will be up against a strong Leinster team marshalled by Jonny Sexton, an influential game breaker who will no doubt be the target of some early 10-12 channel charges by Racing forwards.

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

"We failed. They did what they had to do to win the game".

Leinster coach Cullen and Racing counterpart Travers are not just fighting it out to lead their sides to glory.

The French side paid for their lack of discipline. We're under no illusions, it's a very formidable bunch of players that we'll be up against. I think we could have won.

"We had a big heart today, but that's not enough". 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.

But Sexton responded with a penalty and Iribaren's fourth penalty was cancelled out by Nacewa's boot. Fly-half Johnny Sexton can be expected to keep the scoreboard moving in their favour by nailing his kicks and Leinster are fancied to cover a five-point second-half handicap.

Sexton levelled in the 16th minute following his own loop with Scott Fardy and a penetrating run from Nacewa, but Iribaren, who impressed along with Camille Chat in a composed first quarter from Racing, punished a maul infringement for 6-3.

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

Another Racing offside infringement was sanctioned by Wayne Barnes and winger Nacewa coolly slotted home the winning kick one minute from time.

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