Donnacha Ryan not making any excuses for Champions Cup final loss

12 May 2018 Dan Leavy and Luke Mc Grath of Leinster lift the cup after the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Leinster and Racing 92 at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao Spain

Pat Lambie then sustained a knee injury in the second minute, so French global Tales, who did not feature on the team list in the morning, had to deputise.

Two late Isa Nacewa penalties saw Leinster beat Racing 92 15-12 to claim a record-equalling fourth European title at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on Saturday.

Then, first-choice out-half Pat Lambie went down with a knee injury inside three minutes of the game against Leinster, hit in an innocuous tackle by Rob Kearney and Johnny Sexton.

Former England coach Lancaster said those losses provided motivation for the squad this season.

"We were very close".

"They're no excuses, we've been playing together all year".

"He [Cullen] said before the game that we have a rich man's team, well, he has the Irish team, so we are a just poor man's team."
He changed the quarter-final against Clermont and the game changed a lot when he came on against Munster.

Despite Cullen's eagerness to paint Leinster as the underdogs who punch above their weight, Racing's France number eight Yannick Nyanga points out they have been backed to win by bookmakers. I think we could have won.

There was still one heart-in-mouth moment left for the Leinster faithful to endure as Remi Tales chanced his arm at a dropgoal in the final minute, but the kick soared wide and Leinster were left with the taste of victory.

Penalty goals also coming from Sexton in the first and second halves.

But Sexton responded with a penalty and Iribaren's fourth penalty was cancelled out by Nacewa's boot.

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