Leinster energy previous holders Toulouse to succeed in ultimate

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James Lowe touches down for Leinster's opening try in the semi-final
James Lowe touches down for Leinster’s opening strive within the semi-final
Leinster (23) 40
Tries: Lowe 2, Van der Flier, Keenan Cons: Sexton 3, Byrne Pen: Sexton 3, Byrne
Toulouse (10) 17
Tries: Dupont, Tolofua Cons: Ramos 2 Pen: Ramos

Leinster reached their first Champions Cup ultimate since 2019 with a cushty 40-17 win over holders Toulouse in a sun-kissed Dublin.

The dominant hosts led 23-10 on the break because of tries from James Lowe and Josh van der Flier after Antoine Dupont’s early opener for Toulouse.

Lowe added his second strive in a extra even second half earlier than Selevasio Tolofua went over for the French aspect.

Hugo Keenan’s late strive sealed a complete win for the Irish aspect.

Leinster captain Johnny Sexton produced an inspirational show by organising three tries and kicking 15 factors.

It was a gathering between the competitors’s two most profitable sides and now Leinster have the possibility to equal Toulouse’s tally of 5 titles.

Leo Cullen’s males will goal their first Champions Cup success since 2018 after they tackle the winner of Sunday’s sport between Racing 92 and La Rochelle, within the Marseille decider on 28 Might.

Strain pays off for hosts

Leinster piled on the stress from the beginning in entrance of a 40,000 crowd on the Aviva Stadium and have been rewarded with Sexton’s first penalty after 5 minutes.

However they have been caught out two minutes later when Jamison Gibson-Park’s grubber kick was blocked with the ball falling to Dupont, who ran over 80 metres to the road for a transformed strive.

Sexton added a second penalty and his inside cross despatched Lowe diving over for Leinster’s opening strive with the Eire skipper including the extras.

Leinster pair Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton tackle Toulouse prop Cyril Baille
Leinster pair Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton sort out Toulouse prop Cyril Baille

The second strive arrived on 20 minutes as Sexton made the break and handed on to Van der Flier, with the flanker’s momentum taking him over.

Sexton transformed and Thomas Ramos slotted over a penalty after Toulouse overpowered the hosts in a scrum – helped by Tadhg Furlong’s absence after the Leinster prop was pressured off with an damage.

One other penalty was popped over by Sexton whereas Toulouse lock Emmanuel Meafou was sin-binned simply earlier than the break after repeated infringements.

Leinster took their foot off the gasoline in a scrappy second half after Lowe accomplished his double on 50 minutes.

Sexton once more offered the cross – an extended, looping effort out to the left – to search out an unmarked Lowe who was capable of stroll over.

Toulouse managed to achieve territory for the primary time they usually have been handed a lifeline with quarter-hour remaining when Tolofua touched down from a rolling maul and Ramos added the conversion.

Ross Byrne struck a penalty and transformed a late Keenan strive, with the full-back sprinting by a drained defence as a complete victory was secured.

The Prime 14 champions beat Irish pair Ulster and Munster to make the semi-final however Leinster proved too sturdy and Cullen’s males march on to the ultimate.

‘We’re extremely proud’ – what they mentioned

“We’re extremely proud. Any time you get to a ultimate you might be extraordinarily completely satisfied however, in some methods, it’s only half finished,” Sexton informed BT Sport.

“The final time we have been in a ultimate, we have been outplayed towards Saracens and we did not flip up on the day. We have now to be taught from that lesson and hopefully we are able to go one higher this 12 months.

“I am fortunate to be part of Leinster and Eire. That is why I am nonetheless enjoying, as a result of I really like coming into each environments. We prepare onerous and it is one of many issues we satisfaction ourselves on.

“We knew Toulouse performed 100 minutes final week they usually got here right here in all probability not at their finest and we have been near ours. We have now to go once more towards Racing 92 or La Rochelle, who’re two high quality sides.

“We have now been a champion workforce earlier than and we are going to draw on all of our experiences.”

Leinster: Keenan; J O’Brien, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton, Gibson-Park; Porter, Kelleher, Furlong, Molony, Ryan, Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Sheehan, Healy, Ala’alatoa, McCarthy, Ruddock, McGrath, R Byrne, Frawley.

Toulouse: Ramos; Mallia, Fouyssac, Ahki, Lebel; Ntamack, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Aldegheri, Arnold, Meafou, Elstadt, Cros, Jelonch.

Replacements: Mauvaka, Neti, Ainu’u, Tekori, Tolofua, Flament, Web page-Relo, Holmes.

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