Leinster had been deadlocked with Racing for the whole game, and looked as though they may have been left to rue two missed kicks by Johnny Sexton. "So delighted to come out on the right side of the result", Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster said.
Pat Lambie then sustained a knee injury in the second minute, so French global Tales, who did not feature on the team list in the morning, had to deputise. "We have to do things slightly differently in Leinster where we produced guys from within mainly".
"It's very much a clash of style in terms of how you assemble a squad".
"We were very close".
"What Racing have assembled in the last seven, eight, nine years - an expensive bunch of players".
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Penalty goals also coming from Sexton in the first and second halves.
"He [Cullen] said before the game that we have a rich man's team, well, he has the Irish team, so we are a just poor man's team.""It will be a tough game against Munster who will come out hard at us now we are European champions".
Using flanker Dan Leavy as the main hitman for flat ball as Leinster played percentages around the gainline, the Irish started to make inroads. "They deserved to win", Racing coach Laurent Travers said.
"But what we want to do is not only to worry them, but to beat them".
Follow Leinster versus Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final via our live blog on RTÉ.ie and the News Now App from 4pm, or listen to live coverage on RTÉ Radio 1 as Saturday Sport comes from Bilbao. "I hope to return home with a big smile on my face, holding the trophy".