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Leinster fail to seize their moment and La Rochelle duly oblige

Brendan Fanning


Leo Cullen’s side only have themselves to blame for loss

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Leinster players react after their defeat in the Heineken Champions Cup final between Leinster and La Rochelle at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster players react after their defeat in the Heineken Champions Cup final between Leinster and La Rochelle at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster players react after their defeat in the Heineken Champions Cup final between Leinster and La Rochelle at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

If there has been a more theatrical show around taking a conversion of a try in a top-class rugby game then it doesn’t readily spring to mind. You have to consider the context.

Beaten in the final last year by Toulouse, and looking then like a team who didn’t quite know how to deal with games of that magnitude, La Rochelle had every reason to think they would have to chalk this one up as another of those near misses teams have to endure before they hit the target.


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