2023 Leinster Rugby vs Stade Rochelais - Heineken Champions Cup Final

La Rochelle Beats Leinster Rugby, Again, In Heineken Cup Final: Reactions

La Rochelle Beats Leinster Rugby, Again, In Heineken Cup Final: Reactions

La Rochelle became the first back-to-back European Rugby Champions when they stunned Leinster again in the Heineken Cup final. Here's how fans reacted.

May 20, 2023 by Joe Harrington
La Rochelle Win A Second Champions Cup Title

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Leinster Rugby shocked La Rochelle in the opening minute of the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

But La Rochelle shocked the world in the final minutes. 

La Rochelle, a heavy underdog, became the first back-to-back European Champions in six years when they scored with about 10 minutes left in the match to overcome a three-try deficit in the first half to beat Irish powerhouse Leinster 27-26. 

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It was the second year in a row that Leinster, arguably the top professional rugby team in the world entering the Heineken Champions Cup, was upset by La Rochelle in biggest game of the season. 

Here's how social media reacted to La Rochelle's giant comeback in Dublin. 

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Stade Rochelais Fans Showed Up To Aviva Stadium

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At Least Leinster Rugby Players Were Well Rested

When La Rochelle Rugby Got Back In the Game

Here’s what to know about the Heineken Champions Cup 

Where Is Aviva Stadium?

Aviva Stadium, the home stadium of Leinster, is located in the center of Dublin on Lansdown Road. 

Leinster V La Rochelle Rugby History 

This will be the third meeting between the two clubs and so far Leinster has yet to beat La Rochelle. 

The two first played in 2021, a 32-23 win for La Rochelle and last year, a 24-21 win. 

Heineken Champions Cup Final 2022 Between Leinster And La Rochelle

Leinster was the favorite entering the final and La Rochelle stunned the Dublin team with a late try to win its first European Championship. Arthur Retière’s try in the final minute gave La Rochelle the championship. 

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La Rochelle Rugby Results In The Heineken Champions Cup 2023 

Here's how La Rochelle got here: 

  • La Rochelle 46, Northampton Saints 12
  • La Rochelle 36, Ulster Rugby 29
  • La Rochelle 7, Ulster Rugby 3
  • La Rochelle 31, Northampton Saints 13
  • La Rochelle 29, Gloucester Rugby 26
  • La Rochelle 24, Saracens 10
  • La Rochelle 47, Exeter 28

Leinster Rugby Results In The Heineken Champions Cup 2023

Here’s how Leinster got here: 

  • Leinster 42, Racing 92 10
  • Leinster 57, Gloucester 0 
  • Leinster 49, Gloucester 14
  • Leinster 36, Racing 92 14
  • Leinster 30, Ulster 15
  • Leinster 55, Leicester 24
  • Leinster 41, Toulouse 22

When Was The Last Time Leinster Won The Heineken Champions Cup?

Leinster last won the European Champions Cup in 2018. They have won it four times.

How To Watch Every Heineken Champions Cup Match

The Heineken Champions Cup is streaming on FloRugby and the FloSports app, including the semifinals and all the way up to the Heineken Cup Final