There was plenty of shadow boxing but little evidence of flair or trickery, certainly not enough for either Leinster or Racing to break down their opponent's defence in the first half of Saturday's Champions Cup decider.
Lambie and Carter will be up against a strong Leinster team marshalled by Jonny Sexton, an influential game breaker who will no doubt be the target of some early 10-12 channel charges by Racing forwards.
"I thought Racing were outstanding today, really put pressure on us at the breakdown".
The game is going to be shown live on both Sky Sports Action and BT Sport 2. "They deserved to win", Racing coach Laurent Travers said.
There was a similar outcome less than five minutes later as the New Zealand-born wing punished the French side for getting caught offside after Garry Ringrose had taken his side into the 22. We're under no illusions, it's a very formidable bunch of players that we'll be up against.
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"It was a weird kind of feeling in the changing room because we knew that while it was a big win and we were dominant, we also knew there's more in us and there's another gear. At our level it is all about details and our discipline was poor in the first half", flanker Yannick Nyanga said.
A pre-match hamstring injury spoiled Carter's European swansong, with Racing's injury list already including talismanic skipper Maxime Machenaud (knee) and Dimitri Szarzewski (bicep).
Racing came close to forcing extra time after the buzzer when stand-in playmaker Remi Tales's drop goal flew just wide.
Starting first-five Pat Lambie sustained a knee injury in the second minute, so French global Tales, who did not feature on the team list in the morning, had to deputise.
Fergus McFadden's injury suffered against the Scarlets in the semi-final sees Jordan Larmour come in for his third start of the competition, while scrum-half Luke McGrath has recovered from the ankle injury which had kept him on the sidelines to partner Johnny Sexton at half-back.