Racing 92’s joint head coach had a dig at Leinster after the Irish province’s victory over his side in the Champions Cup final.
Laurent Labit was understandably frustrated at Racing’s defeat in Bilbao, having lost 15-12 to a Isa Nacewa kick with just two minutes remaining. Remi Tales had an attempt at a drop goal as the clock passed the 80 minute mark, but to no avail.
Leinster claimed their fourth elite European title, while the French finalists were left to rue their second defeat in the final of the competition in three years.
Donnacha Ryan gave Leinster the credit they deserved in his post-match interview with BT Sport, but while he was present at the subsequent press conference, the atmosphere was decidedly different, thanks to some bitter comments from Labit.
In the build up to the win, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen contrasted the approach in making up the respective squads, stating via The Irish Times: “When you’ve got Dan Carter on your bench it says it all really.”
“What Racing have assembled in the last seven, eight, nine years – an expensive bunch of players. We have to do things slightly differently in Leinster where we produced guys from within mainly.”
While a rich Racing do have players from over nine nationalities to choose from, Cullen’s Cup-winning side boast the bulk of the Irish team that claimed the Six Nations ‘Grand Slam’, something Labit was keen to highlight speaking after the game via The Irish Independent and The42.ie.
“He [Cullen] said before the game that we have a rich man’s team, well, he has the Irish team, so we are a just poor man’s team.”
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Not that Cullen will be too concerned with the barb aimed at him. His Leinster side have a PRO14 semi-final to look forward to against Munster next weekend at the RDS.