European Champions Cup
Racing 9-2 (10) 2 1
Tries: Thomas, Chat Con: Machenaud Pens: Machenaud 3
Toulouse (19) 22
Tries: Dupont 2, Medard Cons: Holmes, Ntamack Pen: Ramos

A 14-man Toulouse beat Racing 9-2 at a thrilling all-French Champions Cup quarterfinal at Paris to book their place in the last four.

Antoine Dupont scored two and Maxime Medard also crossed to supply the four-time winners a stunning victory inspite of early dismissal of both Zack Holmes.

Tries out of Teddy Thomas and Camille Chat kept the hosts from the competition but 2 yellow cards was expensive.

Toulouse now face holders Leinster at a Dublin semi final on 21 April.

Trailing by six points at the closing minutes, Chat’s attempt gave journaling an opportunity to get the lead but Maxime Machenaud missed together with his conversion effort.

The home side had just one further chance to clinch a win but Leone Nakawara’s last gasp try was ruled out for foul play along with Toulouse held on for a stunning success.

Toulouse ended up runners supporting Leinster at the pool stages with the French side winning a one-point competition at the Stade Ernest Wallon however they were heavily beaten in the return match at the Aviva Stadium at January.

Zack Holmes walks off after his red card in the 23rd minute

Toulouse battle back out of crimson card decision

Trailing by three things having ruled a frenetic opening quarter, Toulouse suffered a further blow when Holmes has been shown a red card for a high tackle that landed to the throat of Juan Imhoff.

Referee Luke Pearce chose his time to critique several replays on the giant screen inside the stadium before flashing the red card at the Australian fly half, who had no argument with the decision.

Racing’s numerical advantage was cancelled out when Thomas was delivered to the sin bin for cynically murdering the ball on the bottom and it had been Toulouse that stopped the first-half in spectacular fashion.

An outrageous no-look off-load by Lucas Tauzin created space for Sofiane Guitoune and the middle scale inside to locate Medard running a difficult line that took him for a dent.

The former European champions pushed farther ahead before the rest when Dupont again revealed nifty footwork to score underneath the posts.

Racing's Simon Zebo with Jerome Kaino and Rynhardt Elstadt of Toulouse

Racing rely on the price

Restored into a full-strength 15 for the start of second half, Racing began hitting their stride at the suffocating air and the boot of Machenaud reduced the gap to just three points as the match entered the final quarter.

But the home side’s indiscipline repeatedly cost them dearly whenever a Dupont intercept allowed Toulouse to clean their particular lines and Imhoff was sent into the sin bin because the Satanic desperately scrambled back once again to shield their lineup, giving Thomas Ramos a chance to kick back his side into a six-point lead.

Last season’s beaten finalists desperately sought a way back into the competition and so were talented the opportunity when a lineout spill bounced into the hands of Chat and the replacement hooker barged over the corner.

Machenaud’s missed conversion meant still trailed however, the hosts believed that they’d won it at the death when Nakawara drove over the line just for the TMO to see that the Fijian have been guilty of foul play at the preceding lineout and Toulouse somehow escaped with a dramatic win.

Racing 9-2: Zebo; Thomas, Vakatawa, Chavancy, Imhoff; Russell, Machenaud; Gogichashvili, Szarzewski, Tameifuna, Ryan, Nakatawa, Chouzenoux, Le Roux, Claassen.

Replacements: Chat (for Szarzewski, 46), Ben Arous (for Gogichashvili, 46), Gomes Sa (for Tameifuna, 46), Ben (for Ryan, 52), Palu (for Claassen, 4-8 ), Gibert (for Russell, 78), Volavola (for Thomas, 64), Lauret (for Le Roux, 72).

Sin bin: Thomas 29, Imhoff 6 7

Toulouse: Kolbe; Tauzin, Guitoune, Ntamack, Medard; Holmes, Dupont; Baille, Mauvaka, Faumuina, Arnold, Grey, Elstadt, Cros, Kaino.

Replacements: Marchand for Mauvaka, 72), Castets (for Baille, 55), Van Dyk (for Faumuina, 58) Tolofua (for Kaino, 58), Faasalele (for Elstadt, 55), Bezy (for Cros, 25), Ramos (for Medard, 56), Ahki (for Ntamack, 55).

Sent off: Holmes 2-3

Referee: Luke Pearce


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