|Leinster (12) 21|
|Pens: Sexton 6, R Byrne|
|La Rochelle (7) 24|
|Tries: Rhule, Bourgarit, Retiere Cons: West 3 Pens: West|
They’d led for a lot of the sport thanks to 6 Johnny Sexton penalties and one from Ross Byrne.
Raymond Rhule and Pierre Bourgarit had crossed for La Rochelle’s different tries.
Their coach Ronan O’Gara, the event’s file factors scorer, joins his Leinster counterpart Leo Cullen and Toulouse’s Ugo Mola because the only males to win the championship as a participant and a coach.
The Irish province had been pissed off, nonetheless, of their bid to equal Toulouse’s file of 5 wins in Europe’s premier club competitors.
Leinster loved the higher of the early levels and had been rewarded with two Sexton penalties within the opening 9 minutes, the French aspect being punished for his or her indiscipline, firstly for palms within the ruck after which offside.
O’Gara’s crew responded a minute later when wing Rhule powered over the road, with Ihaia West changing.
Robbie Henshaw had been too gradual to roll away from a deal with however benefit was performed and La Rochelle handed the ball rapidly by the palms. Dillyn Leyds’ offload set Rhule on his technique to weave previous Hugo Keenan and different defenders earlier than diving over.
Sexton restored his aspect’s lead along with his third penalty within the twenty second minute after their opponents had been punished for crossing in midfield, however the Irish aspect needed to endure a interval of stress within the run-up to the interval.
La Rochelle decreased their deficit two minutes into the second half as West landed three factors after Caelan Doris didn’t launch, however two additional penalties from Sexton made the High 14 aspect pay for an absence of self-discipline.
Feeding off the power of the partisan crowd at Stade Orange Velodrome, La Rochelle drew themselves to inside some extent after they received their very own line-out, put collectively an attacking maul and Bourgarit rumbled over to the touch down, West including the extras.
5 minutes later French second row Thomas Lavault was proven a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes for a blatant off-the-ball journey on Jamison Gibson-Park and substitute Ross Byrne, who had simply come on instead of a hobbling Sexton, kicked over a penalty.
Regardless of their numerical drawback, La Rochelle proved dominant up entrance and loved a sustained interval of territorial possession, incomes a sequence of penalties, however had been repeatedly pissed off of their efforts to attain as they kicked for the nook after which took a scrum.
Their endurance was finally rewarded when substitute scrum-half Retiere stretched and dotted the ball down on the road for the essential rating. West contributed the extra two factors to safe an unforgettable success after an exciting sport.
Leinster: Keenan; J O’Brien, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (capt), Gibson-Park; Porter, Kelleher, Furlong, Molony, Ryan; Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.
Replacements: Sheehan, Healy, Ala’alatoa, McCarthy, Ruddock, McGrath, R Byrne, Frawley.
La Rochelle: Dulin; Leyds, Sinzelle, Danty, Rhule; West, Berjon; Priso, Bourgarit, Atonio, Lavault, Skelton; Liebenberg, Haddad, Alldritt (capt).
Replacements: Bosch, Wardi, Sclavi, Sazy, Bourdeau, Retiere, Botia, Favre.