It was the greatest turn-around in Heineken Cup Final history, featuring the most sensational individual performance in memory. Leinster, led by captain Leo Cullen and inspired by the brilliant Jonny Sexton, are Champions of Europe again – and what a game!
By half-time at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium the 2009 Heineken Cup winners trailed Northampton 22 – 6. They had been convincingly outplayed as the underdog Saints had smashed their way to three tries – there was no way back, surely? Well, this is Leinster and yes there was.
Sexton’s half time address turned the tide – defeat was unthinkable, unacceptable. Leo Cullen’s side were intent on making history. The second half was an Irish storm – an unstoppable surge of Leinster passion, fire and fury. Twenty-seven unanswered points. Two tries for man of the match, Sexton – 28 points in all for the fly half. Nathan Hines’ score confirmed the demise of the English foe and Leinster had European rugby’s ultimate prize once more.
Leinster were a team of heroes, driven by belief and experience with leadership throughout the field exemplified by O’Driscoll, Heaslip and Horgan.
Relive every extraordinary minute of the most amazing Heineken Cup Final EVER! Leinster, Heineken Cup 2011 – Champions of Europe on DVD.
Double disc featuring:
Disc 1: The Heineken Cup tournament match highlights
Disc 2: The incredible Heineken Cup Final in full plus exclusive interviews and celebrations.
Here are some highlights from the final (and the DVD):
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