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Leinster Champions !!
Saturday, 23rd May 2009

Leinster 19

Leicester 16

Leinster beat Leicester in a pulsating final in Murrayfield in Edinburgh this evening to win the Heineken European Cup Final for the first time.

Leinster loooked as if they might dominate the match, going 9-3 up in the first half and having nearly all of the posession. Leicester are wily old dogs however and stayed in touch firstly with a penalty and then with a try and conversion just before half time after lenister were reduced to 14 men.

9-13 soon became 9-16 after the break with a quick penalty but that was to be Leicester's last score as Leinster stormed back with a try by heaslip, duly converted to bring the scores level at 16-16 and set up an incredibly tense finale.

And then Johnny Sexton stepped up, 10 minutes to go, and a tricky penalty, which turned out to be the match winner.

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