La Rochelle 32 Leinster 23
RONAN O'Gara's development as a rugby coach of note continued on Sunday, as his La Rochelle side reached their first Champions Cup final.
A deserved win over Leinster at Stade Marcel Deflandre saw them recover from 7-0 and a man down after eight minutes to crush the Irish side's dreams.
King Rog 👏🏾— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) May 2, 2021
Still in contention for Top 14 honours in France, La Rochelle will contest an all-French final at Twickenham on May 22 against Toulouse, who like Leinster have four European Cups, but hadn't appeared in the decider since 2010.
The Blues' record in France at this stage is poor, just one semi-final victory in the previous four attempts, while the loss of captain Johnny Sexton beforehand through injury didn't help Leo Cullen's charges.
B Dulin; D Leyds, G Doumayrou, L Botia (P Aguillon, 48), R Rhule; I West (J Plisson, 75), T Kerr-Barlow (A Retiere, 75); R Wardi (D Priso, 52), P Bourgarit (F Bosch, 70), U Atonio (A Joly, 67); R Sazy - captain, W Skelton; G Alldritt, W Liebenberg (V Vito, 61) V Vito (K Gourdon, 52 - blood).
H Keenan; J Larmour (R O’Loughlin, 75), G Ringrose, R Henshaw, J Lowe; R Byrne, L McGrath - captain; C Healy (E Byrne, 56), R Kelleher, T Furlong (A Porter, 56); D Toner (S Fardy, 72), J Ryan; R Ruddock (R Baird, 28), J van der Flier, J Conan.
Matthew Carley (England).