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Heineken Cup final as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1859: Right all, thanks very much for your company today - hope you enjoyed it. See you for the Lions, it's only a week to go until the opening game.

1856: Leo Cullen lifts the Heineken Cup trophy as fireworks and streamers pour into the Edinburgh air. Leinster's players jump up and down behind him and I don't think I would be wide of the mark if I predict that there might be a bit of a party tonight.

Nicky via text on 81111: "I'm an Ulster supporter but delighted that Leinster have won. Well done boys."

1853: Leicester pick up their loser's medals. Their faces say it all. Now it's Leinster's turn...

Leinster centre Brian O'Driscoll: "Just one to go now, a little Lions series would round it off nicely! This feels great, I have played for this team for 10 years and it was worth the weight. I Love playing for Leinster. I could not have done it without such a wonderful group of friends."

hattons_rules on 606: "Congratulations Leinster, the best team won on the day. Commiserations to Leicester, they just didn't have quite enough."

1848: Leinster flanker Rocky Elsom picks up the man-of-the-match award and I don't think there is anyone who could argue with that.

Heathmeister on 606: "Congrats Leinster, worthy champions. Leicester were amazing for 10 minutes but that was it, it was as if they forgot how to play rugby when Leinster had 15 men. Extremely frustrated but delighted for Leinster who were the better team, no qualms about the result. Well done lads!"

VillaFour on 606: "God how I wish Rocky Elsom was Irish."

1844: Wonderful scenes in Edinburgh as Leinster celebrate their first Heineken Cup victory. Shane Horgan is in tears while Brian O'Driscoll's smile is as wide as the River Liffey. What a year so far for him - the Six Nations Grand Slam and now the Heineken Cup. 2009 has been a good year for Irish rugby.

FULL-TIME Leicester 16-19 Leinster

81 mins: Leicester stuff the ball up the jumper and are trying to get into drop-goal range but they give away a penalty. Leinster have won it now!

79 mins: Leinster run down the clock as they inch forward but they give away a penalty. Leicester fire the ball into touch inside the Leinster half- they have one last chance.
Leicester 16-19 Leinster

78 mins: Former Leicester lock Jennings nicks the line-out for Leinster and the Irish province hack forward. Could that be it?
Leicester 16-19 Leinster

77 mins: The Leinster fans are making an absolute din but they are silenced when their side infringe. Leicester clear to touch - can there be another twist yet?
Leicester 16-19 Leinster

75 mins: Dupuy off, Harry Ellis on for Leicester. Leinster have the ball in the Tigers half and are going through the phases.

74 mins: Mistakes all over the show now. Vesty and Hamilton kick badly and then Shane Horgan joins in. Who wants this more?
Leicester 16-19 Leinster

71 mins: My oh my. Sexton thwacks the ball but it is not his best connection and as it hangs in the air, time seems to be on hold. The ball finally drops, and only just, over the bar and the Leinster fans go wild. They have just eight minutes to go.
Leicester 16-19 Leinster

71 mins: PENALTY Leicester 16-19 Leinster
69 mins: Thank goodness for that, O'Driscoll looks to have shrugged off the injury as he goes on a jinking run. Leicester infringe and Leinster have a very kickable penalty.

68 mins: It's all very tense, both sides are trying not to make any mistakes.

'Arrys White & Blue Army on 606: "My word, thank you - BOD just got up. My whole insides were in my mouth just then."

63 mins: There is no real direction at Murrayfield with the ball concentrated in the middle third. Brian O'Driscoll gives all Lions fans palpitations as he goes down clutching his shoulder. The inspirational centre does get up but is obviously struggling and is farmed out to the wing to allow him to recover.
Leicester 16-16 Leinster

andymans11 on 606: "As a Tigers fan I honestly have to say that Brian O'Driscoll is probably the best player in the world!!!"

61 mins: Flanker Moody on, Ben Woods off. For Leinster, Cian Healy comes off for treatment.
Leicester 16-16 Leinster

59 mins: Leinster scrum-half Chris Whitaker fires a box kick into touch from deep inside his own half which gets his side out of danger. The game is drifting a little at the moment. Lewis Moody is set to come on for the Tigers.

Max via text on 81111: "No good going to the Den with that idea. You can't patent it now it's in the public domain. Jones et al won't have anything to do with it."

55 mins: Leinster go for touch when they win a penalty in midfield as Leicester pile into a ruck off their feet. Leicester hooker Benjamin Kayser comes on for George Chuter while Leinster's John Fogarty replaces Bernard Jackman.

frenchies-fav-son on 606: "This could be a classic now."

53 mins: Leinster have a wonderful chance to take the lead again but Sexton's long-range penalty is short. Sub: Julian White on for Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni.

48 mins: Don't leave this game, anything is possible. Following Elsom's charge, Leinster inch their way forward towards the Leicester line. Brian O'Driscoll finds a small gap and is hauled down just short but the score is soon coming and number eight Jamie Heaslip bundles over from close range. Sexton adds the extras. Shoot-out anyone?
Leicester 16-16 Leinster

48 mins: TRY Leinster

47 mins: Leinster flanker Rocky Elsom goes on another barnstorming run to put his side on the front foot. The Leinster fans start their "Rocky! Rocky!" chants. They needed that. Leicester skipper Geordan Murphy comes off, seemingly injured, and wing Matt Smith takes to the field, with Scott Hamilton moving to full-back.

43 mins: Silly, silly from Leinster prop Cian Healy. He goes offside and kicks the ball away from a ruck just as Dupuy is about to pass out side. The French scrum-half slots over the penalty from close range. Wright comes back on, his side were leading 9-3 when he went off.
Leicester 16-9 Leinster

43 mins: PENALTY Leicester 16-9 Leinster

42 mins: Leicester are camped on the Leinster line and the Tigers fans are making their voices heard. Crane has apparently got a knee injury.
Leicester 13-9 Leinster

41 mins: Leicester start the second half. There are two minutes left on the Wright sin-bin.
Leicester 13-9 Leinster

Anon via text on 81111: "Thanks for the armchair idea. I'm off to dragons den with that one."

TigersFan on 606: "My hands have started to go numb from all that clapping..."

sheridansharks on 606: "Ben Woods is class."

joe_ryan on 606: "Idea for IKEA. Make an armchair or sofa with a fridge integrated into one or both arm-rests. No need to get up and go to the fridge during a match."

Brilliant Joe, simply brilliant.

terrier92 on 606: "Revising for my Buddhism GCSE but no amount of Zen could calm me for this. TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS!!!!!!!!!!"

HALF-TIME: Leicester 13-9 Leinster
Leinster will not believe that they are behind, they dominated for 30 minutes but trail by four at the break. The Tigers are a ruthless bunch at the best of times and they have clinically exploited Wright's yellow card. What a second half we have in store.

39 mins: Leicester 13-9 Leinster
Well, well, well. We have a game now people. Centres Hipkiss and Ayoola Erinle punch holes in the Leinster defence before a rampaging Ben Woods collects the ball in support and bulldozes his way over the line. Nothing was going to stop him. Dupuy converts.

39 mins: TRY Leicester

Anon via text on 81111: "Just went past Murrayfield on the bus to go home with the word gutted slapped across my face. Devastated not to be at the match, my mate had a ticket as well!"

36 mins: Leinster flanker Shane Jennings comes off to make way for prop Ronan McCormack.
Leicester 6-9 Leinster

34 mins: PENALTY Leicester 6-9 Leinster
Dupuy slots the ball over and the deficit is just three points.

33 mins: SIN-BIN Leinster
Leicester pressure the Leinster line and prop Stan Wright sees yellow for a cynical tackle on Sam Vesty off the ball.
Leicester 3-9 Leinster

31 mins: Signs of life from Leicester. Dan Hipkiss makes a wonderful break from deep inside his own half and then forces Leinster to turn towards their own line with a fine punt forward.
Leicester 3-9 Leinster

30 mins: Crane comes off and is replaced by Louis Deacon. Big blow.
Leicester 3-9 Leinster
28 mins: Leicester finally get out of their own half when Geordan Murphy clears to touch. There are concerns for Leicester as number eight Jordan Crane, the man who scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out win over Cardiff Blues in the semi-final, receives treatment.

TigersFan on 606: "Elsom, along with Leicester's lack of a line-out, is killing them. Sort it out!"

25 mins: PENALTY Leicester 3-9 Leinster
...and Sexton gets it, even though it is not the best of strikes. Tell you what, any more of this and Ronan O'Gara is facing an almighty battle for his Ireland number 10 jersey next season.

23 mins: Leicester just cannot get their hands on the ball as Leinster again make inroads. There is only one team in this at the moment, and they are wearing blue. Leicester eventually give away a penalty for offside and Sexton is lining up to take it...

20 mins: It's that man Sexton again. He dummies and offloads to Gordon D'Arcy who is brought down just before the line by a wonderful double tackle from Leicester back rowers Ben Woods and Craig Newby. Leicester 3-6 Leinster

18 mins: Sexton is having a fine few minutes. Sam Vesty's kick does not find touch and Sexton nails the drop-goal from the half-way line. Stunning.

18 mins: DROP-GOAL Leicester 3-6 Leinster

17 mins: Dupuy tries to clear from deep but his kick is charged down by Leinster lock Malcolm O'Kelly. Geordan Murphy has to react quickly to touch down in the in-goal area. Leicester 3-3 Leinster

16 mins: Another lovely kick to touch from Sexton gives Leicester a line-out in their own 22. Leicester 3-3 Leinster

14 mins: Leinster are having the majority of the possession but Leicester's green and white wall is holding firm. Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton dinks over the top but Tuilagi takes the line-out to himself and then clears.

12 mins: Geordan Murphy knocks on as he dives on the floor to clear up a kick through. The Leinster scrum is delayed as wing Shane Horgan receives treatment.

9 mins: Leicester go deep into enemy territory after a break from centre Dan Hipkiss. Leinster infringe and Dupuy kicks the penalty.

9 mins: PENALTY Leicester 3-3 Leinster

7 mins: Positive stuff from Leinster. Elsom goes on the charge and batters Alex Tuilagi - no mean feat I can tell you. The ball is recycled and outside centre Brian O'Driscoll slots over the drop-goal. Simple.

7 mins: DROP-GOAL Leicester 0-3 Leinster

4 mins: Jennings is penalised again and Leicester scrum-half Julien Dupuy steps up to take the kick. However, the Frenchman, who is expected to leave for Stade Francais in the summer, but he pulls it and the match remains scoreless. Leicester 0-0 Leinster

2 mins: Elsom knocks on as Leinster near the Tigers line. The set piece is turned into a penalty after the touch judge notices that former Tigers flanker Shane Jennings trips Ben Woods off the ball. Leicester 0-0 Leinster

1 min: Leinster start the match and Tigers skipper Geordan Murphy collects. The Leinster chase is superb, however, and they win an attacking scrum in Leicester's 22. Leicester 0-0 Leinster

1659: The players come out of the tunnel. Haven't got a clue what the music is, some classical stuff - I went to a state school see. The sun is out and here we go. Say your prayers - kick-off is imminent.

red_apple on 606: "I'm not bothered about the performance, at this stage of the competition it's all about winning. We showed last week against London Irish that we can grind out the big results, so lets hope the Tigers will be lifting the HC in two hours."

A_A on 606: "As an Edinburgh resident, I'd just like to pay big compliments to the fans who have come to town. They have been absolutely fabulous and always well behaved, enjoying good banter. Looking forward to a good game of rugby!"

1654: Almost time folks. The players are ready to come out on to the field. The stage is set, and the bombastic 'Live And Let Die' is blasted out over the public address system. Marvellous.

BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer at Murrayfield: "After a light shower a while ago, conditions look good. The blustery wind has died down and there is even a hint of sunshine."

Heathmeister on 606: "As a Leicester fan, it would be great to win it again, however if Leinster were to win then they would be worthy champions too. Don't mind me, I'm just here for the rugby!"

BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer at Murrayfield: "Leinster seem to have the majority of fans, and flags, with blue the predominant colour."

Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill: "Alex Tuilagi is a very physical player and will attract defenders and open up holes for others. It will frighten them a little bit and add to our physicality."

Leinster head coach Michael Cheika: "We have to produce a level of intensity to beat this team. Leicester are so finished and are a totally different challenge to Munster. We are going to need to produce whatever it takes to beat them."

Anon via text on 81111: "At work missing the game. Tigers have to stop Elsom at the breakdown, the man is a machine. Tigers by 10. I hope."

blakjak010 on 606: "Martin Corry deserves this trophy. It's that simple. What a servant he's been to club and country, and I can think of no more fitting way for him to sign off his Tigers career."

Where's Robinho? on 606: "Would be great to see Leinster win the HC...I hope they can do it and after the performance against Munster they will have the belief which they may not have had 3-4 years before!"

1635: Plenty of blue flags are being waved at Murrayfield as the Leinster team form a huddle before breaking and starting their pre-match warm-up. Not long now. Here's a quick reminder of the teams. Leicester have made two changes - with wing Alex Tuilagi and prop Martin Castrogiovanni starting while Lewis Moody has to settle for a place on the bench. Leinster make one alteration from the semi-final - Jonathan Sexton starting at fly-half for the injured Felipe Contepomi.

Leicester: G Murphy (capt); Hamilton, Erinle, Hipkiss, Tuilagi; Vesty, Dupuy; Ayerza, Chuter, Castrogiovanni, Croft, Kay, Newby, Woods, Crane.
Replacements: Kayser, White, L Deacon, Moody, Ellis, Smith, J Murphy.

Leinster: Nacewa; Horgan, B O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Fitzgerald; Sexton, Whitaker; Healy, Jackman, Wright, Cullen (capt), O'Kelly, Elsom, Jennings, Heaslip.
Replacements: Fogarty, McCormack, Toner, O'Brien, Keogh, R Kearney, Dempsey.

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU).

1627: Now those of you who have been paying attention will have worked out that the rugby union section has stepped into the brave new world of auto refresh. That's right people, you can rip your F5 button off your computer as my prose will magically appear without you having to do a thing. (I was only joking about the F5 button thing by the way, please don't as I'll get in trouble.)

Knowsit17 on 606: "This is the closest Leinster have come yet to living up to the standards set by Irish rugby in recent years. One might even go as far as to call this the biggest game in the province's history. Can they emerge from the shadow of rivals Munster? I say yes. Leinster to cap a historic dream year for Irish rugby, three major trophies out of three."

1619: And so to Leinster. The Irish province are taking part in their maiden Heineken Cup final and they reached it with a superb display against 2008 champions Munster at Croke Park. A victory which will give them real belief that they can overcome Leicester today. In flanker Rocky Elsom they have one of the players of the season and coach Michael Cheika will be delighted that the Australian was available for selection after being involved in a car crash this week.

chazmaster30 on 606: "Tigers to scrape it with less than five the difference. Geordan Murphy to have an absolute stormer."

1611: So then, the two teams. First up we have resilient and stubborn Leicester. The Tigers are taking part in their fifth final - 2007, 2002, 2001 and 1997 being the others - and are looking to join Toulouse as the only side to have won this event three times. They are also chasing their third Heineken Cup and Premiership double, having beaten London Irish to win the league last weekend. This is the fourth massive game in as many weeks for the Tigers, following the Heineken Cup semi-final, Premiership semi and then final. Is there anything left in the tank?

TigersFan_BehindEnemyLines on 606: "Ciders in the fridge, sandwiches being made, an afternoon of rugby beckoning. What more could you want?

1604: Hello you, hope you are well. So here we are then, after seven months, 78 games and 329 tries, we have the climax to the European club season - and I can't wait. Now, I'm a pretty friendly kind of guy and I want you to feel the love today. Big time. Let me know all your predictions, tactical opinions and general banter and I will include as many of your comments as I can. Promise. Post your thoughts on 606 or text me on 81111. Nothing naughty now, it's a family show.

1600: During the week I gave a lot of thought to how I was going to start this text commentary. I was going to type a lengthy poetic preamble, showing all the skills that gave me an A in GCSE English Lit back in 1989, but I soon realised that this kind of game does not need a long-winded introduction.

So here it is - the cream of England and Ireland, Leicester v Leinster, in the biggest club game in the northern hemisphere. At Murrayfield. Bosh.

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