Toulouse beat Leinster 31-22 in thrilling Champions Cup final

Toulouse inflicted yet more Champions Cup final heartbreak on Leinster with a thrilling 31-22 extra-time win over the Irish province as the French side were crowned kings of European club rugby for a record-extending sixth time on Saturday.

For Leinster this agonising reverse in London meant they have lost the last three Champions Cup finals following successive defeats by another French club, La Rochelle.

Superb defence was behind Toulouse's victory as they gained revenge for 2022 and 2023 semi-final defeats by Leinster.

Neither side managed a try in a regulation 80 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that ended level at 15-15 after five penalties apiece

Leinster, however, had arguably had more and better chances.

Toulouse then struck early in the first 10 minutes of extra time with a try from wing Matthis Lebel.

But they had to play the bulk of the additional 20 minutes a man down after Richie Arnold was sent off before penalties from fellow replacement Thomas Ramos proved decisive.

"It is awesome to be able to win with this team," Toulouse captain Antoine Dupont, the player of the match, told ITV 4.

"We really wanted to win the sixth star after losing to Leinster over the last two years," the France scrum-half added.

For Lebel, victory took some off the edge of France's failure to win last year's World Cup on home soil.

"Everyone remained focused on this as a target despite the disappointment of the World Cup."


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