More out-half woe for Racing: Lambie off injured after Carter blow

Pat Lambie is consoled by Donnacha Ryan as he leaves the pitch injured Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

By Stephen Barry

90 minutes ago he wasn't even due to take a place on the bench for the Champions Cup final.

But Racing 92's hopes of a first European Cup now rest in the hands of French out-half Remi Tales.

The Racing back-up took the place of Dan Carter - the victim of a hamstring injury - on the bench just before kick-off.

Then, first-choice out-half Pat Lambie went down with a knee injury inside three minutes of the game against Leinster, hit in an innocuous tackle by Rob Kearney and Johnny Sexton.

Lambie was also the designated place-kicker, after scrum-half Maxime Machenaud was ruled out through injury in recent weeks, and was consoled by former Ireland international Donnacha Ryan as he left the field.

However, Racing will have to do without their first-choice out-half-scrum-half combination, as well as their two-time World Cup winning back-up.

Still, scrum-half Teddy Iribaren nailed an early penalty to give the French underdogs a 3-0 lead.

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