Date Time Competition Season
10 December 2022 1:00 pm European Champions Cup 2022/23

Match Report

Leinster cruise to opening round victory over Racing 92

Leinster began their Heineken Champions Cup campaign in spectacular style today as they dismantled Racing 92, 42-10, in an emphatic bonus point win.

The visitors started as they meant to go on, winning a flurry of early penalties. Before five minutes had elapsed, prop Andrew Porter had touched down off Leinster’s unstoppable maul drive. Ross Byrne converted Porter’s second try this week for a 7-0 lead.

Despite Finn Russell slotting a penalty for 7-3, the dominance was largely Leinster’s in a physical first half. After repeated ill-discipline, Racing found themselves a man down as hooker Camille Chat saw yellow.
And how Leinster took advantage.

First, Dan Sheehan had an easy finish in the corner after a fine pass from Jamison Gibson-Park. Then, captain Garry Ringrose touched down under the posts after a sublime exchange of passes with James Lowe. Ringrose, leading by example and a man in fine form. Byrne converted both leaving Leinster in the ascendancy.

After the interval, Racing bared their teeth, but Leinster matched them all the way in defensive work, holding off what was a siege early in the second half.

Again though, the hosts were left lamenting their repeated penalty offences. This time, scrum half, Nolann Le Garrec was sin binned for a deliberate knock on.

Josh Van Der Flier barged over almost immediately to secure the bonus point, Byrne again converting with ease.

As the benches were emptied, replacement prop Ed Byrne also got in on the scoring fun. Christian Wade did pull a try back for Racing with minutes remaining, but their ordeal was still not over.

In the last phase of play, Van Der Flier capitalised on flailing legs to scamper in under the sticks, Harry Byrne’s two conversions leaving an astonishing 32-point gap between the sides.

Although Racing 92 certainly caused their own problems, Leinster were ruthless and, on this evidence, will have renewed confidence of again going deep into this competition.

Racing 92

15Max Spring Full-Back
14Christian Wade Winger 76'
13Francis Saili 23 Centre
12Gael Fickou Centre
11Juan Imhoff Winger
10Finn Russell Fly-Half 77'
9Nolann Le Garrec Scrum-Half 61'
1Eddy Ben Arous 17 Prop
2Camille Chat 16 Forward 30'
3Cedate Gomes Sa 18 Prop
4Cameron Woki Forward
5Fabien Sanconnie 19 Back
6Wenceslas Lauret 21 Back
7Ibrahim Diallo Back
8Maxime Baudonne Back
16Janick Tarrit 2 Hooker
17Hassane Kolingar 1 Prop
18Trevor Nyakane 3 Prop
19Anton Bresler 5 Lock
20Boris Palu Lock
21Baptiste Chouzenoux 6 Back
22Antoine Gibert Fly-Half
23Olivier Klemenczak 13 Centre


15Hugo Keenan Full-Back
14Jimmy O’Brien Centre
13Garry Ringrose Centre 38'
12Charlie Ngatai 23 Centre
11James Lowe Winger
10Ross Byrne 22 Fly-Half 5', 34', 39', 63'
9Jamison Gibson-Park 21 Scrum-Half
1Andrew Porter 18 Prop 4'
2Dan Sheehan 16 Hooker 33'
3Michael Alaalatoa 17 Prop
4Jason Jenkins 19 Lock
5James Ryan 20 Lock
6Ryan Baird Lock
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker 62', 80'
8Caelan Doris Flanker
16Ronan Kelleher 2 Hooker
17Ed Byrne 3 Prop 70'
18Cian Healy 1 Prop
19Ross Molony 4 Lock
20Jack Conan 5 No. 8
21Luke McGrath 9 Scrum-Half
22Harry Byrne 10 Fly-Half 71', 81'
23Jamie Osborne 12 Full-Back

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