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Summary

  1. Leinster beat Racing 92 15-12 to win Champions Cup
  2. Leinster join Toulouse as four-time European champions
  3. Johnny Sexton kicks 3 pens for Leinster and Isa Nacewa 2

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Not pretty, not expansive, not that Leinster will care.

Four-time kings of Europe, they join French giants Toulouse as the most successful team in the history of Europe's top-flight competition.

Now it's just left to wrap up domestic matters - join us here for the Pro14 and Premiership finales over the next couple of weeks.

You can read our report of a Bilbao nail-biter here.

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'Champions find a way to win'

FT: Leinster 15-12 Racing

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Champions find a way to win. Leinster weren't at their best today, against a side that had nothing to lose, but in those crucial moments they found something more. No surprise Johnny Sexton was at the heart of it.

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Andrew: Jordi Murphy lifts the Champions Cup trophy, but is now leaving Leinster for a ‘basketcase’ of a club in Ulster. I’m sure he’s delighted about that one! But we’re doubly delighted to have him!

'The last penalty was the first time we took the lead'

FT: Leinster 15-12 Racing

Sepaking to BT Sport, Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong said: "It feels amazing because it was a weird game of rugby. It was stop-start and neither team got into their flow but we are delighted to get the right result.

"I suppose we didn’t use the ball the way we wanted to and the last penalty was the first time we took the lead. But we kept a cool head and luckily it came off for us.

"This is my first ever European trophy and as a younger player in the squad it is nice to have the pedigree we do in Europe. We have been working up to this over the last two years and its amazing."

Racing's Dan Carter, who pulled out of the match before kick-off with a hamstring injury, said: "It was only yesterday in a fitness test that I knew that I was not going to make it. It was frustrating to have to sit there and watch, but we were pipped by a great side.

"We stuck in there for the majority of the game, but big matches come down to big moments and we just got those wrong.

"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."

'We did it the hard way'

FT: Leinster 15-12 Racing

Speaking to BT Sport, Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton said: "We did it the hard way. We couldn't get going in the game. Every time we got into their 22 the ball was killed.

"It was very greasy and they slowed it down at the ruck, but I can't believe we are champions again. I’m so happy for the young lads and the coaches. Stuart Lancaster has been brilliant since he has come in."

Asked about Lancaster's impact, Sexton said: "We had a near miss last year which we learnt a lot from, but the belief he [Lancaster] has instilled in us has meant a lot.

"Two more wins in the league before we go to Australia will cap off the season. It will be a tough game against Munster who will come out hard at us now we are European Champions."

'There are no excuses'

FT: Leinster 15-12 Racing

Johnny Sexton - with three stars about his province badge to mark Leinster's previous European triumphs - is just speaking to television.

But first Donncha Ryan, Racing's former Munster second row, for the losing side's perspective.

"Our discipline and communication just let us down, but credit to Leinster they just kept coming," he tells BT Sport.

"Remi came in and did a great job in difficult conditions, there are no excuses, we were still in control inside the final 10 minutes. "

'The genius'

FT: Leinster 15-12 Racing 92

Leinster wing Isa Nacewa speaking to BT Sport: "Racing are world class. Johnny Sexton said that it would be a Test match all week. They have got the best defence in the tournament, but fortunately we have got the genius Johnny to marshall us around the pitch."

Full-time

Leinster 15-12 Racing 92

Leinster are champions of Europe for a fourth time!

They took the long, scenic and rocky road in this final, but they made it to their planned destination.

Leo Cullen is in tears in the stands.

Leinster win
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Missed drop goal

Leinster 15-12 Racing 92

Remi Tales snaps the drop goal...WIDE!

Remi Tales
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Leinster 15-12 Racing 92

But Racing have regained the restart!

This drama is not done. There is a final act.

Racing are manoeuvring their way into range.

The Leinster 22m is in sight, the clock is red...

Penalty - Leinster 15-12 Racing 92

Isa Nacewa

Leinster lead for the first time in the final with two and half minutes to go.

Isa Nacewa
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Leinster 12-12 Racing 92

Racing offside!

This is bang in front.

A routine three surely.

And Isa Nacewa, still on kicking duties, is going to take every second over it...

Leinster 12-12 Racing 92

A huge line-out steal from Leone Nakarawa as he swats a Leinster throw back to his scrum-half on his own 22m.

But what is Teddy Thomas doing?

The Racing wing wastes that good work as he goes blind and is bundled into touch.

Penalty - Leinster 12-12 Racing 92

Isa Nacewa

He has not had the best game kicking from hand, but off the tee Leinster captain Isa Nacewa is A-OK.

Level.

Isa Nacewa
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Leinster 9-12 Racing 92

A rib-tickler of a tackle from Ole Avei on James Tracey.

But Leinster are going to have a shot at goal. On the Racing 22m, pretty central.

And Johnny Sexton, getting a spot of treatment, is going to leave it to Isa Nacewa...

Penalty - Leinster 9-12 Racing 92

Teddy Iribaren

It lands!

A grinning Dan Carter slaps his hands together like a performing sealion in the stands.

Nine minutes to go.

Teddy Iribaren
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Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Now then, a nerve-jiggler of a kick for Teddy Iribaren after Leinster drag down a line-out jumper.

Out on the touchline, just outside the Leinster 22m.

He lines up and walks back...

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Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Baptiste Chouzenoux is on for Bernard Le Roux in the Racing back row.

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Racing are going through the phases patiently waiting for the gap to appear...

Too casual.

Teddy Iribaren takes his eye off the ball and breakdown to instruct his backs and Dan Leavy pounces as the pill pops out from the mound of limbs.

Turnover! And Jamison Gibson-Park wallops a clearing kick upfield

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

We are entering the kill zone.

A significant score here might well be the clincher.

And the French voices in the stands are the loudest.

Racing are inside Leinster's 22m....

Racing 92 fan
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Replacement

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Andrew Porter is on in place of Lions star man Tadhg Furlong in the Leinster front row.

'You still fancy Leinster with 15 minutes to go'

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

You sense that Racing are playing under emotion and Leinster are playing under the weight of expectation. Racing have been good and stifled Leinster but you would still fancy the Irish side with over 15 minutes to go.

Missed penalty

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Not enough legs.

Teddy Iribaren's kick doesn't have the juice in the tank.

Teddy Iribaren
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Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Dan Leavy is a little unlucky there.

Henry Chavancy slips as he comes into the tackle and Leavy's arm wraps around his shoulder like Jake the Snake's python.

That is a high tackle in the law book and Wayne Barnes pings for the penalty.

Teddy Iribaren is going to take a shot from way downtown, just inside his own half.

Replacements

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Chnages for Leinster - off come hooker Sean Cronin and number eight Jordi Murphy and on come Jack Conan and James Tracey.

A swap at nine as well with Jamison Gibson-Park on for Luke McGrath.

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

If Simon Zebo is coming to Racing next season to play full-back, he shouldn't have much problem getting in front of Louis Dupichot in the pecking order.

The Racing 15 cuffs a chips straight into Robbie Henshaw's midriff to end a promising counter attack after a forward turnover.

Robbie Henshaw
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Replacement

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Ole Avei has come on for Camille Chat in the Racing front row.

That prompts a call down to the Leinster bench where the bibbed replacements are off for a jog down the touchline.

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Oh, Bernard Le Roux won't want to see that back in Monday's video session.

The Racing back row juggles forward as he attempts to gather in a powder-puff pop as a stationary one-out runner.

Hooves for hands.

'Sexton has been more animated in the last five minutes'

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Johnny Sexton has been more animated the last five minutes. He wants to get this game by the scruff of the neck and is visibly urging his team-mates on. The more he gets on the ball, the more width and potency Leinster play with.

Johnny Sexton
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Missed penalty

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Johnny Sexton pulls the long iron out the bag once again.

Another monster penalty that he reckons is just within his range.

A little over-ambitious. His kick fades short.

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Andrew: Raw animalistic power from the Racing forward pack, Leinster are being asked to expel a huge amount of energy in holding their defensive line on each period of sustained pressure. That could tell in the last 20 mins.

Leone Nakarawa
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Replacement

Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

The first forward pack reboot.

Jack McGrath replaces Cian Healy in the front row for Leinster while Vasil Kakovin and Census Johnson are on for Eddy Ben Arous and Cedate Gomes Sa in the Racing ranks.

Penalty - Leinster 9-9 Racing 92

Johnny Sexton

This one is clean out the sweet spot of Johnny Sexton's right peg, tumbling end-over-end and through the middle.

Back to parity.

Where is this one heading? A little over 25 minutes to go...

Johnny Sexton
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Leinster 6-9 Racing 92

Despite his departure to New Zealand, this Racing defence has former coach Ronan O'Gara's pawprints all over it.

They are up bullwhip quick to try and make the tackle behind the gainline.

It is gumming up the Leinster backline a treat.

A little too fast there though. Offside. And Johnny Sexton with a shot at goal from just outside the Racing 10m and central...

'Even Tiger hits it in the water sometimes'

Leinster 6-9 Racing 92

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Even Tiger hits it in the water sometimes. He was right on his limit there Sexton and he tried to give it a bit more but ended up scuffing it.

Johnny Sexton
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Missed penalty

Leinster 6-9 Racing 92

That is 50 points in your I-Spy book.

Johnny Sexton with a horrible slice off the greasy surface, the ball grubbing low, wide and dead.

Leinster 6-9 Racing 92

Eddy Ben Arous is pinged for a lazy retreating run that blocks Leinster scrum-half Luke McGrath's channel.

He compounds the situation with a bit of backchat that is in Wayne Barnes' little book of French phrases.

Johnny Sexton is going to take on the kick for goal from just the wrong side of halfway...

Johnny Sexton
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Penalty - Leinster 6-9 Racing 92

Teddy Iribaren

A gimme of a kick for Teddy Iribaren, but he doesn't fluff his lines.

Racing back with their noses in front.

'Racing have tried to take the advantage'

Leinster 6-6 Racing 92

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Racing have certainly tried to take the advantage at the start of the second-half. They have got some heavy carriers in their pack and they have put Leinster under pressure.

Leone Nakarawa
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