Eurosport - Fri, 30 Apr 11:50:00 2010
Toulouse booked their place in Paris for this year Heineken Cup final with a 26-16 victory over Leinster at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse.
"This win exceeds all our expectations. We have been through a difficult season and now we are offering to the people who supported us all the way a final in France," Toulouse coach Guy Noves said.
"It's pure bliss because to reach that point means you have done a lot of work and a good job for months and even years. It's a fantastic reward," he added.
David Skrela was named man of the match after a critical late try.
"I saw a gap, decided to have a go and it worked but I think we have to pay tribute to our forwards because they did a fantastic job and provided us with good balls," he said,
"We, the backs, were just happy to finish it off."
The first half was a cagey affair dominated by the boot of Skrela and Shaun Berne. Skrela gave Toulouse a 6-0 lead before the only real chance of the half fell to Eoin Reddan.
Reddan slipped past Florian Fritz but spilt the ball on the line as a result of Vincent Clerc's try saving tackle.
Minutes later Skrela extended the Toulouse lead further with another penalty.
Leinster opened their account on half an hour as Berne, in for the injured Jonny Sexton, punished Bryon Kelleher for giving away a soft penalty. The three points seemed to galvanise the Irishmen who added another penalty just before the break to made the half time score 9-6.
The second half nearly started with a bang as Maxime Medard, just off the bench, set off in chase of his own kick but he couldn't quite ground the ball before it crossed the dead ball line.
Leinster responded to the scare almost immediately with a 50 metre penalty from Rob Kearney.
Toulouse then turned the screw and scored 14 points in ten minutes to steal the game from Leinster.
Their first try came following an incisive break by Clement Poitrenaud and after pressure on Leinster's line Yannick Jauzion powered over from close range.
Leinster did respond with a well worked try of their own as Isa Nacewa's exquisite pass sent Jamie Heaslip over in the corner.
But the Leinster try didn't knock Toulouse off their stride and Skrela exploded through the Leinster midfield to score under the posts five minutes later.
And Skrela's boot had the final say as he knock over a penalty on 70 minutes for the final score of the game.