Here are your rugby evening headlines for Saturday, 28 May.
La Rochelle crowned European champions
Arthur Retière’s last-gasp try snatched victory for La Rochelle as they sealed a dramatic 24-21 victory over Leinster in the Champions Cup final in Marseille.
Leinster started quickly, building a 6-src lead after some early pressure. However, a brilliant score by La Rochelle winger Raymond Rhule handed the French outfit the lead.
Sexton quickly fired the Irish province back ahead from the tee, but Ronan O’Gara’s side looked the better for the remainder of the first-half. They might have led at the break too, only for Leinster to win a scrum penalty when under the cosh and then go up the other end to hand Sexton the chance of another three.
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The third-quarter saw both sides land penalties as Leinster built an eight-point lead. However, a powerful driving maul resulted in hooker Pierre Bourgarit crashing over and reducing the gap to just a point.
A mindless trip by Thomas Lavault for a trip on Jamison Gibson-Park resulted in the second-row being sent to the sin-bin just as La Rochelle were on the up, with replacement Ross Byrne making no mistake with the resulting penalty to move the lead to four points.
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