Sexton and Nacewa kick Leinster to Champions Cup glory against Racing 92

• Leinster 15-12 Racing 92
• Isa Nacewa penalty decides nail-biter with two minutes left

Irish rugby’s remarkable year shows absolutely no sign of ending. By no stretch of the imagination was this a classic final but it is impossible to deny the scale of Leinster’s achievement in becoming only the second team in history to win four European Cups. Given Ireland’s Six Nations grand slam and potentially a Pro14 title as well, their 2017-2018 season has been a rhapsody in green and blue.

While the margins on this occasion were distinctly slim, the soon-to-retire Isa Nacewa slotting the all-important winning penalty with less than two minutes remaining, there can be no disputing Leinster’s consistency. Despite being drawn in a horribly tough pool they have emerged with a 100% record from their nine matches, emulating a feat previously achieved only by Saracens two years ago, and they have more than enough youthful talent to continue winning for the foreseeable future.

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