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Sunday 23 September 2018

Johnny to make a point

Sexton ready to move up to another level

KEY ROLE: Jonathan Sexton during the Leinster captain’s run at the San Mames Stadium in
Bilbao. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
KEY ROLE: Jonathan Sexton during the Leinster captain’s run at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Jonathan Sexton will aim to show Racing 92 he is the missing link between winning and losing the Champions Cup final in Bilbao today.

The Leinster out-half spent two seasons in Paris without achieving either of his goals; winning the Top-14 or European Cup.

"Is it an advantage for them or an advantage for me? They know me pretty well," Sexton said at the captain's run.

"We've got to play as best we can. We've got to top our quarter-final and semi-final performances because we know we're going to have to go to another level to win the game tomorrow," the out-half said.

"Even after the Saracens game and the Scarlets game, there were things that we could have done better and it's always our focus as a group that we can get better."

Dan Carter succeeded Sexton at Racing and took them to the French league title in 2016. The legendary All Black will have to look on from the bench as Sexton and Springbok Pat Lambie go head-to-head.

Should Leinster come through, they will add a fourth star to the blue shirt and join Toulouse as the most successful club in the European Cup.

 

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