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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Leinster beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2009 Heineken Cup

Leinster beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2009 Heineken Cup

Leinster won the Heineken Cup for the first time after holding off English champions Leicester Tigers at Murrayfield on Saturday. The 19-16 win and caps off another success for Irish rugby this season.

Leinster started the match in style after a powerful surge from man of the match wallaby, Rocky Elsom. Brian ODriscoll then slotted a neat drop goal, before impressive youngster Jonathan Sexton himself slotted an excellent long range effort.

Leicester took the lead with a try from Ben Woods, who along with Julien Dupey, kept the Tigers in the lead. A try by Jamie Heaslip got Leinster back in the match, which was duly converted by Sexton.

Sexton again slotted a kick, this time under huge pressure as he gave his side the 19-16 lead heading into the final ten minutes, a lead which they held onto to win the match and the title of champions of Europe.

Winning captain Leo Cullen said: "We've had some tough times over the last few years. There have been some disappointing days, but the hurt in the past makes the wins sweeter."

Brian O'Driscoll, who had another good match, was over the moon.

"It feels great. I've played for this team for 10 years, some of the guys for 11 or 12 years. I love Leinster. It was a goal to win this competition before the season started. I couldn't have asked to win this with a better bunch of guys."


Time: 09:34

Posted at 11:21 am | 62 comments

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 1:09 pm

1st

Conor

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 2:10 pm

Well deserved win for Leinster yesterday

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James Leedham May 24, 2009 2:11 pm

I'm chuffed for leinster!
shame about the leinster fan spelling leinster wrong at the end though haha. cant be too big a fan.

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Mikee May 24, 2009 2:19 pm

triangle of irish rugby?.. theres 4 provinces.. shame connacht are too awful to win anything..

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 2:24 pm

Mikee,
Connaught are a development team and dont get half the funding of the other provinces. They lost most of their games by a couple of points and did beat munster and leinster at home so dont be so harsh!

Well done leinster tho! Great year for Irish rugby, GS, HC and Magners league in the bag!

Tom

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jiggle May 24, 2009 2:56 pm

Irish rugby = the death of free running beautiful rugby.

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kissinger May 24, 2009 3:06 pm

So true jiggle, except it's not just irish rugby it's all NH rugby you guys are pathetic

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 3:17 pm

Tuilagui rocks! He killed Shane Horgan with one run

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yeahhhhhhh May 24, 2009 3:21 pm

Irish rugby is da best in da world f*** ya SH c**ts youe mom s*** d*** in hell!

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 3:35 pm

''Tuilagui rocks! He killed Shane Horgan with one run''


How about how elsom running over tuilagi...elsom being the smaller out of the 2 aswell!!

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 3:35 pm

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 3:43 pm

"How about how elsom running over tuilagi...elsom being the smaller out of the 2 aswell!!"
Even ROCKER!!!!!

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aaaaaaaaargh May 24, 2009 3:50 pm

ROCKY AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hater May 24, 2009 3:51 pm

Leinster without Rocky and BOD isn't worth playing in french proD2. As BOD is getting old and Rocky leaving, I expect them to be crap very soon

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 3:58 pm

haha what a cheeky smile from sexton whne he got that final penalty!! he played brilliantly he's definately next in line to take o'garas place as starting 10..another year or so and he'll be starting hopefully!!

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 3:58 pm

Southern Hemisphere rugby is inferior and this will be proven after the Lions tour.

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Shaft May 24, 2009 4:02 pm

Use a nickname/name guys.. especially the last moron flaming up the SH/NH pointless debate again.

Interesting final.. certainly more enjoyable than the GP final.. Congrats Leinster.

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 4:04 pm

YEEEEEEEEEES! LEINSTER LEINSTER

when the my hopes of the blues winning died when leicester took it in such a horrible way, the win for leinster is soo much sweeter now :P yes! kudos to leicester for great games as well.

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 4:05 pm

What a nice way to cap a wonderful season for Irish rugby!

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miquel May 24, 2009 4:11 pm

Some silly mistakes from Leicester in the last 10 minutes, isn't it? Vesty's kick off and Hamilton's line out...maybe these wouldn't change the final score but unacceptable for a top class team for sure.

Miquel

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 4:19 pm

"Leinster without Rocky and BOD isn't worth playing in french proD2. As BOD is getting old and Rocky leaving, I expect them to be crap very soon"
kinda guessing your from France....
so what have you guys done this year???
And if you have any respect for the European Cup you cant possibly say 2 players can win the tournament on their own

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 4:26 pm

True, Leinster as a squad won the Heineken Cup, its not as if BOD and Elsom were the only 2 on the pitch. They have as good a chance as anyone else of winning it again next year.

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Mikee May 24, 2009 4:39 pm

lol tom, im aware of that, sure im from connacht. Infact from u-18 down their the best province in ireland

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 4:44 pm

Connacht will be a force to be reckoned with in a few years

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Westerner May 24, 2009 5:01 pm

hopefully Connacht will get proper funding. My only worries are if they get disbanded with this whole A league coming in so they wont have the development tag anymore.


Dont want to be taking anything away from this brilliant Leinster win, fair play to them, great for Irish rugby.

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 5:11 pm

Whoo Leinster! Heaslip jst cnt stop scorin in Murrayfield!

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 5:45 pm

Do you think BOD had a good match? I don't think he played badly, but it just wasn't his best match

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leinster fan 4 lfe May 24, 2009 5:49 pm

go on leinster i called it since the start lol but seriously whats this bout leinster bein shit soon em...Cian Healy, Johnny Sexton, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney, Chris Keane, McFadden etc.... all youung irish players 23 and younger so were grand

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jio May 24, 2009 6:05 pm

"Leinster without Rocky and BOD isn't worth playing in french proD2. As BOD is getting old and Rocky leaving, I expect them to be crap very soon"

--> stupidest post ever by a guy whose championship is the poorest in Europe and whose national team got raped at Twickenham this year.

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bD May 24, 2009 6:45 pm

ya mikeee ur right

connacht beat the other three in provincial matches in u18 and u20s.
connacht youths are the good team i believe

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fitzy May 24, 2009 7:18 pm

yeh, SH is better at running rugby but thats only cause they cant defend, THIS will be the only thing proven on the lions tour

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Neil May 24, 2009 7:33 pm

I fixed the spelling at the end of the video - don't sweat the small stuff james.
leinster are wicked awesome!

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hater May 24, 2009 7:48 pm

I'm not french you fucktards

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 7:51 pm

the video is not coming up for me. where do i find it???

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 8:45 pm

I agree with you Leinsterfan4life except that Chris Keane is actually 30/31. Check it out on wikipedia.

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no9 May 24, 2009 9:59 pm

i cant see it either there just isn't a video there at all

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Third Centre May 24, 2009 10:12 pm

Was in tears after the final whistle. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. This meant so much to us after years of criticism (some deserved, some not), insults, stereotypes and living in the shadow of Munster !

Words cannot describe this feeling !!

Hard luck Leicester. You guys were very unlucky, neither team played to their full potential but I imagine fatigue played its part. Your fans were awesome and your team is one of the great sides of Europe. Goodluck next year !

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Manfred May 24, 2009 10:21 pm

Change the media player , please !!!!!! its SO SLOW

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Anonymous May 24, 2009 11:45 pm

come on leinster,heaslip to start 8 for the lions

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andyT May 25, 2009 9:06 am

fitzy said...
yeh, SH is better at running rugby but thats only cause they cant defend

You haven't thought this through fitzy, when the SH test teams go north they still keep running in plenty of tries and don't get many scored against them. If you're going to stir up this debate you'll need a better argument.

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Kenny May 25, 2009 10:15 am

Fitzy and Andy T shut the f**k up will yous, stop tryin to get the NH v SH crappy debate goin on this clip.
This is about Leinster winning the HCup....nothing else

BOD Elsom Sexton and Wright had huge games and Fitzgerald is class, couple of highball fumbles but his running at angles from deep is scintillating.

For Leicester, Dan Hipkiss was a constant thorn n Leinsters Midfield, everytime he got the ball he managed to cause mayhem.

Leicester's setplays were pathethic, scrum and line out never dominated like they said they would.
Infact Healy and Wright were better at scrums and lifting ta the line outs.

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Kenny May 25, 2009 10:15 am

Fitzy and Andy T shut the f**k up will yous, stop tryin to get the NH v SH crappy debate goin on this clip.
This is about Leinster winning the HCup....nothing else

BOD Elsom Sexton and Wright had huge games and Fitzgerald is class, couple of highball fumbles but his running at angles from deep is scintillating.

For Leicester, Dan Hipkiss was a constant thorn n Leinsters Midfield, everytime he got the ball he managed to cause mayhem.

Leicester's setplays were pathethic, scrum and line out never dominated like they said they would.
Infact Healy and Wright were better at scrums and lifting ta the line outs.

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TOM May 25, 2009 10:38 am

Well deserved for leinster and o'driscoll!!

It would have been a deception that BOD didn't win one H CUP

Now, i think ERC have to take some good decisions.

Few years ago, welsh, irish and scottish clubs were bullshits, because their clubs and league were bad-organized.

Now, the "province" system win something.

But there is now a problem of equality vs french and english clubs.

as celtic league is without relegation so without interest and shared between 4 clubs. Their real goal is H CUP.
French and english league are very long and strong and i think they are exhausted by teir calendar.

If ERC or these leagues don't do anything, H CUP will become a celtic cup and "biased" nigel owens will referee all the next finals

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BEN May 25, 2009 10:38 am

Well deserved for leinster and o'driscoll!!

It would have been a deception that BOD didn't win one H CUP

Now, i think ERC have to take some good decisions.

Few years ago, welsh, irish and scottish clubs were bullshits, because their clubs and league were bad-organized.

Now, the "province" system win something.

But there is now a problem of equality vs french and english clubs.

as celtic league is without relegation so without interest and shared between 4 clubs. Their real goal is H CUP.
French and english league are very long and strong and i think they are exhausted by teir calendar.

If ERC or these leagues don't do anything, H CUP will become a celtic cup and "biased" nigel owens will referee all the next finals

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 11:59 am

Elsom is a S14 produced player. He dominated this game, and was the best player in Europe last year. S14 wins.

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Kenny May 25, 2009 12:21 pm

Anonymous said...
Elsom is a S14 produced player. He dominated this game, and was the best player in Europe last year. S14 wins.

Shut up u clown, s14 has nothin to do with this clip.

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Kenny May 25, 2009 12:22 pm

Elsom is a class act and will probably lead the wallaby national team very soon so i think he would be best player in any league.

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Asamoah May 25, 2009 2:27 pm

Good on you Kenny!! Elsom would be head and shoulders above no matter where he was.

Can't wait for the Lions Tour, hopefully shut some of you dopes up for about five minutes before you hop back up on your high horse.

So happy for Sexton, I went to his school, could always tell he was destined for greatness.

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Farny May 25, 2009 6:03 pm

Couple of awesome moments in this game. A video of Tuilagi smashing Horgan in the second half, after their altercation early on has to go up....

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 6:34 pm

anonymous said
Great win Leinster

anonymous said:
"How about how elsom running over tuilagi...elsom being the smaller out of the 2 aswell!!"

Alesana Tuilagi-height 185cm, weight 105 kg
Rocky Elsom-height 197cm,weight 112 kg

i'll let you figure out who is the smaller one

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 6:36 pm

Great win Leinster

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 6:42 pm

'' Mikee said...
lol tom, im aware of that, sure im from connacht. Infact from u-18 down their the best province in ireland''


sorry but connacht were hammered (44-5) this year by the leinster 18s...who won the interpro's!! and seem to be hammered year in year out...and infact there has been 1 player from the connacht schools team who has played for the irish schools in the past 20years!! and for people who dont know the schools/youths setup...schools is far more intense and more skilled then youths!!

having said all that it is also due to connachts lack of funding and also the lack of a solid player pool from which to choose from!! so i would like to see them get more funding and hopefully become a more competitve side at all age levels in the next few years!!

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 7:37 pm

Is the sound on this video working for other people?

There's none for me :(

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 8:31 pm

I was fortunate enough to get a ticket for the match and thoroughly enjoyed the moment. Not the greatest rugby on show but committed effort from both sides.

Just so glad Leinster finally did it :)

wonder how we'll do next year.

Elsom is a big loss (heard this morning he is definitely leaving for Australia). recruitment is going to be interesting this summer

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MadMax May 25, 2009 9:20 pm

Well done Leinster. Well deserved. But you could see Tigers were out on their feet... Game too far.

Hopefully playoffs in the ML will level the playing field a bit in that respect. The teams will play their 1st team players more often to get into the top 4, and have to play semi/final.

Can only be good for the sport and for the ML.

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Anonymous May 25, 2009 10:09 pm

Rugby is overrated, tennis is better.

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andyT May 26, 2009 12:20 am

Kenny said - Fitzy and Andy T shut the f**k up will yous, stop tryin to get the NH v SH crappy debate goin on this clip.

I agree Kenny, it is a crappy debate and posts like Fitzy's are the reason why. Anyway I heard you the first time ;-)
but just to keep you happy - very well done Leinster.

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Anonymous May 26, 2009 1:30 am

hats off to the leicester fans.... they were great fun over in cardif.

As for the munster fans there was very mixed feelings, some were a great laugh and prperly supported leinster and joined in on the sing songs and stuff, others complianed and argued about leinsters abilities and worst of all kept singing fields of athen rhy.

I dont see why you all wore your jerseys... suppose i'm glad you were there to see us win.

I found that the munster lads not wearing their jerseys were some of the soundest people there.... so fair f**cks to you lads

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TheRealSlimShady May 26, 2009 1:31 am

Delighted for Leinster, shut those munster boys up for a while haha, and wat a brilliant year for irish rugby its defo goin places:)

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andy May 26, 2009 1:41 pm

Well done Leinster, it was a pretty even contest but i'd say they deserved to win overall.

There are some seriously stupid people posting on here!!

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Reddan&Rossarewa May 27, 2009 10:42 am

The Heineken Cup is all well and good, but the big prize of that match was the fact that Whitaker and Wright will never play again for Leinster. Thank God.

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Munsterfan May 27, 2009 2:59 pm

Congrats to Leinster, delighted to see them win it - If Munster can't do it, then I'm only too pleased if Leinster or Ulster can.

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