Toulouse are Europe’s rugby kings

Henry

The two best rugby teams in Europe played this afternoon in the final of the Champions Cup in the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

And after 100 minutes it was Toulouse who beat Leinster 31 – 22 to lift the silverware for the umpteenth time.

The match had everything a rugby fan could ask for: action, drama and plenty of individual brilliance.

When the final whistle blew the score was 15 – each and additional time had to determine the winner.

Toulouse’s Matthis Lebel scored the first try of the match in the 83rd minute after Blair Kinghorn and Ross Byrne were involved in a penalty shootout in normal time.

However, Josh van der Flier kept Leinster in the silverware race when he burst through for a try ten minutes later (in the 94th minute).

But Leinster began to make anxious leaps as they chased victory and this gave Thomas Ramos time and again the opportunity to increase Toulouse’s lead.

When the whistle blew again – this time for the last time – the French were named the rugby kings of Europe.

In terms of individual skill, Antoine Dupont once again stood out.

His ball distribution was excellent, he made life for Leinster at the breakdown points and he was the puppet master who pulled the strings on the field.

No wonder he was named the player of the match.

In contrast, Leinster’s Leo Cullen – and now also Jacques Nienaber – will have to wait a while to once again boast the “best in Europe” title.

It was the Irish’s third consecutive defeat in a Champions Cup final after they were bogged down against La Rochelle in previous years.

  • Scorers:

Toulouse: Three: Matthis Lebel. Goal kick: Thomas Ramos. Staff kicks: Blair Kinghorn (4) and Ramos (4).

Leinster: Three: Josh van der Flier. Goal kick: Ciaran Frawley. Penalties: Ross Byrne (4) and Frawley.