Leo makes history as Leinster clinch European Champions cup

Racing 92’s Teddy Iribaren

Teddy Iribaren is set to take over at nine for Racing. Source Billy Stickland INPHO

Thousands of Leinster fans have made the trip to Northern Spain for this evenings" Champions Cup Final against Racing "92 in Bilbao.

Head coach Leo Cullen also becomes the first person to win the competition as a player and a manager.

A penalty against Bernard Le Roux for a needless high shot on Johnny Sexton gave them an opportunity to attack.

"He [Cullen] said before the game that we have a rich man's team, well, he has the Irish team, so we are a just poor man's team."

All Blacks great Dan Carter is on the bench for Racing 92 with South Africa's Pat Lambie starting at fly-half in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao.

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Machenaud's replacement at number nine, Teddy Iribaren, did himself proud in a fine showing, but in a battle of kicking from the tee it was Nacewa's effort that saw Leinster add to their triumphs in 2009, 2011 and 2012 after Remi Tales missed a drop goal with the final play.

"We are like a family and you can see that by how we were defending with everyone working so hard for their mates outside them".

"Stuart Lancaster, what a special coach to come in and do what he's done", Sexton said.

"We had some chances that we couldn't put them away and Racing rose to the occasion".

"Even though they're favourites we don't have a problem with that - we have the firepower to worry any team", Nyanga said.

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Lambie was also the designated place-kicker, after scrum-half Maxime Machenaud was ruled out through injury in recent weeks, and was consoled by former Ireland global Donnacha Ryan as he left the field.

However, they benefited from Racing's lack of discipline and Nacewa scored the decisive penalties with Sexton carrying a groin injury.

"He still a world-class player who will be keen to make an impact when he does come on".

Racing's giant Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa was lucky not to be shone a yellow card after a deliberate knock-on with Leinster again on the front foot.

Racing opened the scoring as Sexton and Iribaren traded penalties with the Irish province finding it hard to settle into the game in the opening 20 minutes.

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