mai 27, 2024

Leinster 22 – 31 Toulouse

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Last Updated: 25/05/24 5:42pm

Toulouse are the European champions for a sixth time after a stunning victory over Leinster

Toulouse clinched a record-extending sixth Champions Cup crown as they beat Leinster 31-22 after extra-time in an epic final in Tottenham.

The French side were never behind in the final but had two potential tries ruled out by a matter of inches in either half, and were pegged back by Leinster in an 80 minutes dominated by penalties.

Locked at 15-15 at the end of full-time, the Champions Cup final headed to extra-time for only the third time in its history and like on each of the prior occasions, Toulouse lifted the trophy.

Leinster wing James Lowe was sin-binned early in extra time for a deliberate knock-on, and when Toulouse wing Matthis Lebel scored a stunning solo try, and Thomas Ramos kicked them into a 10-point lead with another penalty, the final finally appeared won.

That was until Toulouse lock Richie Arnold was shown a red card for a high tackle on Cian Healy, and a controversial Josh van der Flier try left Leinster three points behind with the entire 10 minutes of the second half of extra time to play.

The 14 players of Toulouse proceed to carve out two further penalties in that period, however, which Ramos dispatched to cue French delirium in North London.

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