Leicester Tigers 9 - 5 Toulouse

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Welford Road

Date: 20/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Att: 24,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesFlood (6, 31, 38)



TriesHuget (48)

FT (ht: 9-0)

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  • Time up on the clock. The Tigers had a chance to clear their lines, but Toulouse have managed to turn it over. Last roll of the dice for the four-time champions! They put five phases together, but Thierry Dusautoir loses the ball in contact. The ref looks at his watch and blows for full-time... Toulouse are knocked out, and the Tigers march into the quarter-finals!

  • So, two minutes left and Toulouse have an attacking line-out. Botha throws it in, but Millo-Chluski can't take as the ball spills into the hands of Castrogiovanni who holds on for dear life! Dear oh dear! Another chance gone begging for Toulouse... and time isn't on their side.

  • What a punt by the Toulouse pivot, who finally comes good by sending the ball 5m out from the Tigers' line. It's not over yet folks!

  • Toulouse in possession, but are pinned in their half. The Tigers manage to turn over the ball, but it was done illegally which allows Beauxis a chance to punt the pigskin as far as he can into Leicester's half and set up a line-out for his team.

  • Now the Tigers go on the attack. It's Morris with ball in hand and the winger speeds up the touchline before putting ball to boot, but he's kicked it out on the full...

  • Former Wallaby scrum-half Luke Burgess is also on the pitch for Toulouse, who attempt to run the ball out from inside their 22 but it nearly goes horribly wrong before try-scorer Yoann Huget straightens the line and makes a small break. But Hamilton manages to shut Toulouse's dangerman down.

  • George Ford takes the place of Mathew Tait whilst Flood is in the sin-bin...

  • YELLOW CARD, LEICESTER. The Tigers in possession, but McAlister charges down a clearance kick. The Kiwi passes inside to the supporting Fritz , but Flood puts his hand in the way and slaps the ball down. George Clancy shows him a yellow card, and the Tigers will be down to 14 men for the next 10 minutes.

  • Novés has pushed the panic button and makes another change: Gurthro Steenkamp makes way for Vasil Kakovin. And for Leicester, Dan Coles is replaced by Martin Castrogiovanni. Scott Hamilton is also on in place of Adam Thompstone.

  • It's a better strike from McAlister, but the ball sails wide AGAIN. That's 17 points Toulouse have fluffed from the boots of Beauxis and McAlister as coach Guy Novés shakes his head in the stands.

  • The fresh legs look to have paid off. A strong run from Botha into Morris, and the winger plays the ball off his feet. Penalty to Tuolouse! Who's going to step up to the tee? It's McAlister...

  • More changes from the Toulouse camp: Tolofua makes way for Gary Botha, and off comes lock Yoann Maestri for Romain Millo-Chluski.

  • The two teams scrum down, and once again the Toulouse pack are penalised. Dan Cole gets a high five from his team-mates.

  • That five-pointer has the put a spring in Toulouse's step as the visitors once again threaten inside Leicester's 22. Clement Poitrenaud slips as he took in a pass from Vincent Clerc and spills the ball forward.

  • For some odd reason Beauxis is kicking again. And surprise, surprise... he's missed! However, Toulouse are back in the hunt! 9-5

  • TRY, TOULOUSE. Leicester with the throw-in, but Albacete pinches it and McAlister hoists a high one for his team-mates to chase. Mathew Tait is underneath it, but loses the ball backwards as he tried to clear. Yoann Huget pounces and puts enough pressure down on the loose ball for the try!

  • Tolofua throws in, Crane puts pressure on the Toulouse jumpers but Nyanga has it covered. Beauxis puts in a monster punt and the ball sails into touch.

  • Quick change for Toulouse: Yannick Nyanga comes on for Gregory Lamboley at flank

  • Now it's Toulouse who are put under pressure 10m out from their line after a clever grubber from Flood sets up a line-out for the visitors, who have struggled in this set-piece.

  • A super start from Toulouse is brought to an end by a missed drop-goal attempt from Beauxis... he's had a nightmare of a game thus far.


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