2018 European Rugby Champions Cup Final

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2018 European Rugby Champions Cup Final
Event2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup
Date12 May 2018
VenueSan Mamés Stadium, Bilbao
Man of the MatchJames Ryan
RefereeWayne Barnes

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.

Irish club Leinster defeated French club Racing 92 in the final[2] played in Bilbao, Spain — the first time it was contested outside one of the Six Nations countries.[3][4][5]

Route to the final[edit]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Ireland Leinster Round France Racing 92
Opponent Result Pool stage Opponent Result
France Montpellier 24–17 (H) Matchday 1 England Leicester Tigers 22–18 (H)
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 34–18 (A) Matchday 2 Ireland Munster 7–14 (A)
England Exeter Chiefs 18–8 (A) Matchday 3 France Castres 13–16 (A)
England Exeter Chiefs 22–17 (H) Matchday 4 France Castres 29–7 (H)
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 55–19 (H) Matchday 5 Ireland Munster 34–30 (H)
France Montpellier 23–14 (A) Matchday 6 England Leicester Tigers 23–20 (A)
Pool 3 winner
Team P Pts
Ireland Leinster 6 27
England Exeter Chiefs 6 15
France Montpellier 6 13
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 7
Final standings Pool 4 runner-up
Team P Pts
Ireland Munster 6 21
France Racing 92 6 19
France Castres 6 12
England Leicester Tigers 6 7
Opponent Result Knock-out stage Opponent Result
England Saracens 30–19 (H) Quarter-finals France Clermont Auvergne 28–17 (A)
Wales Scarlets 38–16 (H) Semi-finals Ireland 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.[6]

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.[7]


12 May 2018
Leinster Ireland 15 – 12 France Racing 92
Pen: Sexton (3/3) 16', 38', 53'
Nacewa (2/2) 73', 78'
Report[8] Pen: Iribaren (4/5) 3', 21', 44', 70'
San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao
Attendance: 52,282
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Racing 92
FB 15 Ireland Rob Kearney
RW 14 Ireland Jordan Larmour
OC 13 Ireland Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Ireland Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Fiji Isa Nacewa (c)
FH 10 Ireland Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Ireland Luke McGrath Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Ireland Jordi Murphy Substituted off 61'
OF 7 Ireland Dan Leavy
BF 6 Australia Scott Fardy
RL 5 Ireland James Ryan
LL 4 Ireland Devin Toner
TP 3 Ireland Tadhg Furlong Substituted off 66'
HK 2 Ireland Seán Cronin Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Ireland Cian Healy Substituted off 68'
HK 16 Ireland James Tracy Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Ireland Jack McGrath Substituted in 68'
PR 18 Ireland Andrew Porter Substituted in 66'
FL 19 Ireland Rhys Ruddock
N8 20 Ireland Jack Conan Substituted in 61'
SH 21 New Zealand Jamison Gibson-Park Substituted in 61'
FH 22 Ireland Joey Carbery
CE 23 Ireland Rory O'Loughlin
Ireland Leo Cullen
FB 15 France Louis Dupichot Substituted off 30' Substituted in 38'
RW 14 France Teddy Thomas
OC 13 France Virimi Vakatawa
IC 12 France Henry Chavancy
LW 11 France Marc Andreu
FH 10 South Africa Pat Lambie Substituted off 3'
SH 9 France Teddy Iribaren
N8 8 France Yannick Nyanga (c)
OF 7 France Bernard Le Roux Substituted off 69'
BF 6 France Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Fiji Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Ireland Donnacha Ryan
TP 3 France Cedate Gomes Sa Substituted off 54'
HK 2 France Camille Chat Substituted off 44' Substituted in 54' Substituted off 58'
LP 1 France Eddy Ben Arous Substituted off 54'
HK 16 Samoa Ole Avei Substituted in 44' Substituted off 54' Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Georgia (country) Vasil Kakovin Substituted in 54'
PR 18 Samoa Census Johnston Substituted in 41'
FL 19 France Boris Palu
FL 20 France Baptiste Chouzenoux Substituted in 69'
SH 21 France Antoine Gibert
FH 22 France Rémi Talès Substituted in 3'
WG 23 New Zealand Joe Rokocoko Substituted in 30' Substituted off 38'
France Laurent Labit
France Laurent Travers

Man of the Match:
Ireland James Ryan

Touch judges:
JP Doyle (RFU)
Tom Foley (RFU)
Television Match Official:
Rowan Kitt (RFU)


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