Teddy Thomas runs in two tries as Racing power past Munster

• French side set up Champions Cup final with Leinster in Bilbao
• Munster caught cold in first half and go down to 27-22 defeat

The ultimate Irish rugby party may not have materialised but this season’s European Champions Cup final should still be one for the connoisseur. Forget the theory about Leinster being unbeatable this year: if Racing 92 perform for 80 minutes in Bilbao on 12 May with the same power and panache which shredded Munster early on a gorgeous afternoon in Bordeaux the trophy will be heading away from Dublin.

The first half felt almost as one-sided as Leinster’s suffocation of the Scarlets the previous day as the Parisians abruptly ended any prospect of two Irish provinces contesting the final in the immediate wake of the national team’s convincing Six Nations grand slam. Instead neutrals can now expect a Basque showdown of genuine quality, particularly if Racing can again accelerate into an early lead.

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