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The fate of this year’s European Champions Cup rested on the toe of Leinster captain Isa Nacewa whose earlier penalty at the 78th minutes tied up the game at 12 apiece against Racing 92, the other finalist.
With 90-seconds left on the clock, Nacewa kicked a final penalty, ensuring a 15-12 victory for the Irish side that notched its fourth Champions Cup title.
This match represented the first Premier rugby game in Spain. It was played to a full capacity crowd of 52,282 attendees in Bilbao’s San Mamés Stadium.
The win completed an Irish rugby clean sweep of European hardware as the Ireland XV won the Six Nations Cup and a Grand Slam, also. For Leinster, they achieved a 100% tournament win record, last accomplished by the undefeated Saracens.
Racing suffered key injuries before the contest, and even All Black great, Dan Carter, did not take the field for the Paris club because of a hamstring injury.
It was an emotion-filled result for Leinster winning the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy, named after the late Munster coach. The game also ended the career of the retiring Nacewa who walked off the pitch in glory.