Rugby-La Rochelle bounce back in style after double 2021 heartbreak


(Reuters) - Last year La Rochelle suffered double heartbreak when they lost to Toulouse in the Champions Cup and French championship finals but they roared back on Saturday to beat favourites Leinster 24-21 with a dramatic late score that buried all that pain.

It had looked as if another defeat was on the cards as Leinster, bidding for a record-equalling fifth Champions Cup triumph, stood on their tryline and repelled attack after attack, only for Arthur Retiere, helped by a slip, to stretch his arm through a tiny gap for a try that sent Marseille's Stade Velodrome wild.

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