Leinster vs Racing 92 – Commentary – European Rugby Champions Cup 2018 – 12 May, 2018


10′ Isa Nacewa puts a grubber down the left touchline but Teddy Thomas does well to cover and mop up the ball. 7′

7′ Another wonderful clearance kick from Iribaren takes play into the Leinster 22. The young scrum-half has started very well. 5′ Jordan Larmour gets his first touch of the ball and puts boot to the ball on the right wing.

Vakatawa limping in the Racing backfield — they will not want to lose another player so early.

4′ 0-3 Penalty goal – Teddy Iribaren , Racing 92 3′ Less than three minutes on the clock and Tales is already on. It also means that Iribaren is stepping up to take the penalty attempt. 3′ Leone Nakarawa wins a lineout and suddenly Pat Lambie storms through a gap in the Leinster defensive line. Garry Ringrose penalised for a high tackle on Virimi Vakatawa.

Lambie stays down for treatment following a collision with Rob Kearney.

3′ Substitute on – R??mi Tales , Racing 92 3′ Player substituted – Pat Lambie , Racing 92 1′ Wayne Barnes blows his whistles and Johnny Sexton gets us underway in Bilbao. An early touch for Teddy Iribaren, the Racing scrum-half playing in place of Maxime Machenaud and it’s a good one. An impressive kick from the Frenchman. 1′ Leinster and Racing run onto the pitch, with the French side all donning berets for the occasion. We’re moments away… 1′ Stuart Lancaster has rebuilt his reputation in Dublin since arriving at Leinster in September 2016. But Brian O’Driscoll doesn’t think he will be in a rush to jump back into a Test role with Ireland. 1′ Leinster start as favourites in Bilbao, where it looks as though the predicted rain has stayed away. ESPN’s Martyn Thomas sets the scene. 1′


1′ Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2017-18 Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92 in Bilbao.

Racing have been forced into a late change with the news that Dan Carter has been ruled out of the match through injury. Remi Tales comes into the squad and takes the former All Black’s place on the bench.

1′ 0-0 Start of first half

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