2018 European Rugby Champions Cup Final
The 2018 European Rugby Champions Cup Final was the final match in the 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup, and the twenty-third European club rugby final in general.
|Event||2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Date||12 May 2018|
|Venue||San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao|
|Man of the Match||James Ryan|
Route to the finalEdit
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).
|Montpellier||24–17 (H)||Matchday 1||Leicester Tigers||22–18 (H)|
|Glasgow Warriors||34–18 (A)||Matchday 2||Munster||7–14 (A)|
|Exeter Chiefs||18–8 (A)||Matchday 3||Castres||13–16 (A)|
|Exeter Chiefs||22–17 (H)||Matchday 4||Castres||29–7 (H)|
|Glasgow Warriors||55–19 (H)||Matchday 5||Munster||34–30 (H)|
|Montpellier||23–14 (A)||Matchday 6||Leicester Tigers||23–20 (A)|
|Pool 3 winner
|Final standings||Pool 4 runner-up
|Saracens||30–19 (H)||Quarter-finals||Clermont Auvergne||28–17 (A)|
|Scarlets||38–16 (H)||Semi-finals||Munster||27–22 (H)|
The game was played in wet conditions, which made passing and attacking play difficult for both teams. Early in the game Racing fly-half Pat Lambie was forced off the field with a knee injury, replaced by French international Rémi Talès. Racing recovered from this set back to score the first points of the game with Teddy Iribaren kicking a penalty. Leinster responded on 16 minutes when Jonathan Sexton opened their account, also from a penalty. Iribaren reestablished Racing's lead five minutes later and Sexton responded just before half time, to send the teams into the break level on six points apiece.
The teams were both unchanged for the second half, and the penalty tit-for-tat continued. Sexton was the first to strike in the second half with a converted effort on 53 minutes, before Iribaren missed and the teams remained level at 9–9 coming into the final 10 minutes of play. Iribaren kicked his fourth penalty of the day to give Racing back their three-point lead, but Leinster responded quickly with a penalty from captain Isa Nacewa. Nacewa scored another penalty with two minutes left to play to give Leinster the lead for the first time in the match. Racing won the kick off and worked down the field, looking for a drop goal to level the match again and bring play to extra time. With clock over 80 minutes the opportunity fell to Talès, who pulled his effort wide to the left to give Leinster their fourth European title.
12 May 2018
|Leinster||15 – 12||Racing 92|
|Pen: Sexton (3/3) 16', 38', 53'
Nacewa (2/2) 73', 78'
|Report||Pen: Iribaren (4/5) 3', 21', 44', 70'|
Man of the Match:
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- "European club rugby finals to break new ground in 2018 and 2019". www.epcrugby.com. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
- "Leinster into European Champions Cup final after Sexton smites Scarlets". Guardian. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Teddy Thomas runs in two tries as Racing power past Munster". Guardian. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Leinster beat Racing 92 15-12 to secure fourth title". BBC Sport. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Leinster win European Champions Cup after 15-12 triumph over Racing 92 – as it happened". Guardian. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Leinster lift fourth European Cup after 15-12 victory over Racing 92". European Professional Club Rugby. 12 May 2018. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.