Ronan O’Gara and La Rochelle stamped their names into the history books as they secured a second successive Heineken Champions Cup title.
Falling into a deep deficit early on, the French powerhouse showed their championship mettle to hammer away at the Leinster defensive line.
Eventually, their pressure would tell as they crossed for what would prove to be the decisive try with seven minutes remaining.
Whilst the celebrations of their first title in 2022 led to incredible scenes in the French port city, the fans appear to have stepped up another level this year.
Now a bona fide Rugby force, the people of La Rochelle can expect many more great days with this special group of coaches and players.
𝐅𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆! 🤩@StadeRochelais's received a champions welcome back to La Rochelle in the early hours 🏆pic.twitter.com/KYDxJVMdWY
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) May 21, 2023
Over 2000 La Rochelle fans welcomed the team back at the airport at 4 AM
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La Rochelle is rugby's Dortmond is many ways.
Bucket list stuff to watch a game there.pic.twitter.com/O5YJ4Hpv0N
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) May 21, 2023
The parade in La Rochelle looks phenomenal.
What a rugby culture they’ve got out there.#HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/nFAOZLzjcY
— Tight Five Rugby (@TightFive_Rugby) May 21, 2023