Toulouse sail into semi-fi­nals as Kolbe magic puts paid to Ul­ster

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Charles Richard­son

Thomas Ramos in­creased Toulouse’s lead from the tee, be­fore John Cooney opened Ul­ster’s ac­count. Then Kolbe served up a treat; this time by him­self.

It was the mo­ment of the match: a feign to the left, an an­kle-break­ing step off the right, Kolbe skipped away from Ja­cob Stock­dale – him­self no slouch – leav­ing the Ul­ster­man to grasp at dirt. It left Ul­ster 12 points adrift at half-time and, even then, it had the feel­ing of “game over”.

Sofi­ane Guitoune was hav­ing a quiet match, but that changed af­ter the break when he erupted through two de­fend­ers and, af­ter ad­just­ing his fall­ing shorts, found Dupont, the scrum-half scur­ry­ing home to put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

By the time punchy cen­tre Pita Ahki had col­lected his own grub­ber kick to score, Ul­ster had about given up. Ramos added one more score for the hosts, be­fore Cooney’s con­so­la­tion try at the death pre­vented to­tal em­bar­rass­ment.

Cler­mont Au­vergne 27 Rac­ing 36

Cler­mont Au­vergne: K Mat­sushima, D Pe­naud, A Naqalevu (P Betham 52), W Fo­fana (C Tiberghien 62), B Pourailly, C Lopez, M Parra (S Bezy 52), E Fal­goux (P Ravai 52), E Four­cade (A Pelissie 45), R Sli­mani (C Ojo­van 75), S Ti­mani (P Je­drasiak 75), S Va­haamahina, A Itur­ria, J Can­coriet (A La­pandry 46), F Lee.

Rac­ing 92: S Zebo, L Dupi­chot, V Vakatawa, O Kle­menczak, J Imhoff (A Gib­ert 78), F Russell, T Irib­aren (M Machenaud 58), E Ben Arous (T Baubigny 58), C Chat (D Ryan 58), G Colombe (A Oz 48), B Le Roux (H Kolin­gar 58), D Bird, W Lau­ret, F San­con­nie (B Chouzenoux 78), A Claassen. Scores: 0-5 Dupi­chot try (3 mins); 0-8 Irib­aren pen (8); 0-11 Irib­aren pen (12); 5-11 Fal­goux try (22); 5-14 Irib­aren pen (29); 8-14 Lopez pen (31); 8-17 Irib­aren pen (35); 8-22 Trinh-Duc try (36); 8-24 Irib­aren con (37); 8-27 Irib­aren pen (54); 8-30 Irib­aren pen (58); 13-30 Fo­fana try (60); 15-30 Lopez con (61); 15-33 Machenaud pen (64); 20-33 Mat­sushima try (70); 22-33 Lopez con (70); 22-36 Machenaud pen (74); 27-36 Pe­naud try (77).

HT: 8-24. Ref­eree: Ro­main Poite.

Le­in­ster 17 Sara­cens 25

Le­in­ster: J Lar­mour, H Keenan, G Rin­grose, R Hen­shaw (R O’Lough­lin 62), J Lowe, J Sex­ton (R Byrne 67), L McGrath (J Gib­son-Park 62), C Healy (E Byrne 57), S Cronin (R Kelle­her 43), A Porter (M Bent 75), D Toner (R Baird 43), J Ryan, C Doris, W Con­ners (J van der Flier 53), J Co­nan.

Sara­cens: E Daly, A Lew­ing­ton, D Tay­lor, B Bar­ritt, S Mait­land, A Goode, R Wig­glesworth (A Davies 68), M Vu­nipola (R Bar­ring­ton 68), J Ge­orge, V Koch (A Clarey 80), M Itoje, T Swin­son (C Hunter-Hill 64), M Rhodes (C Clark 77), J Wray, B Vu­nipola.

Scores: 0-3 Goode pen (3 mins); 3-3 Sex­ton pen (6); 3-6 Goode pen (9); 3-9 Goode pen (11); 3-12 Daly pen (25); 3-15 Daly pen (28); 3-20 Goode try (37); 3-22 Goode con (39); 8-22 Porter try (49); 10-22 Sex­ton con (53); 15-22 Lar­mour try (62); 17-22 Sex­ton con (64); 17-25 Goode pen (80).

HT: 3-22. Ref­eree: Pas­cal Gauzere.

Ex­eter 38 Northamp­ton 15

Ex­eter: S Hogg, J Now­ell, H Slade, I Whit­ten, T O’Fla­herty, J Sim­monds (G Steen­son 77), J Maun­der (S Hi­dalgo-Clyne 59),

A Hep­burn (B Moon 59), L Cowan-Dickie (J Ye­an­dle 59), H Wil­liams (T Fran­cis 59), J Gray, J Hill (S Skin­ner 55), D Ew­ers (J Kirsten 61), J Ver­meulen, S Sim­monds.

Northamp­ton: G Fur­bank, M Proc­tor, F Ding­wall, R Hutchin­son, A Tuala (T Nai­yar­a­voro 70), D Big­gar, H Tay­lor (S Aden­dorff 52), E Iyo­gun (A Seville 70), M Hay­wood (J Fish 56), O Franks (P Hill 51), D Rib­bans, A Ratu­ni­yarawa (N Isiekwe 52), C Lawes, L Lud­lam, T Har­ri­son.

Scores: 0-3 Big­gar pen (7 mins); 5-3 J. Maun­der try (16); 7-3 J. Sim­monds con (17); 12-3 Ver­meulen try (25); 14-3 J. Sim­monds con (26); 14-8 Har­ri­son try (37); 14-10 Big­gar con (38); 19-10 Now­ell try (42); 21-10 J. Sim­monds con (43); 26-10 Hill try (54); 28-10 J. Sim­monds con (55); 28-15 Ding­wall try (57); 31-15 J. Sim­monds pen (61); 36-15 Ver­meulen try (77); 38-15 Steen­son con (78).

HT: 14-10. Ref­eree: Matthew Car­ley.

Toulouse 36 Ul­ster 8

Toulouse: T Ramos, Y Huget, S Guitoune, P Ahki (Z Holmes 69), C Kolbe (M Lebel 64), R Nta­mack, A Dupont (A Bales 64), C Baille (R Neti 52), P Mau­vaka (J Marc­hand 45), C Fau­muina (D Aldegheri 45), R Arnold (A Placines 64), J Tekori (E Meafou 58), J Kaino, F Cros, S Tolo­fua.

Ul­ster: M Lowry, R Lyt­tle, J Hume, S McCloskey (A Mathew­son 52), J Stock­dale, B Burns (M Fad­des 16), J Cooney, J McGrath (E O’Sul­li­van 47), R Her­ring (J Andrew 64), M Moore, A O’Con­nor (S Carter 47), I Hen­der­son (K Tread­well 56), S Reidy, J Mur­phy, N Ti­money (M Rea 45).

Scores: 5-0 Kolbe try (3 mins); 8-0 Ramos pen (14); 8-3 Cooney pen (25); 13-3 Kolbe try (39); 15-3 Ramos con (40); 20-3 Dupont try (50); 22-3 Ramos con (51); 27-3 Ahki try (62); 29-3 Ramos con (63); 34-3 Ramos try (68); 36-3 Ramos con (69); 36-8 Cooney try (71).

HT: 15-3. Ref­eree: Wayne Barnes.

Bordeaux-Be­gles 23 Ed­in­burgh 14 Bordeaux-Be­gles: N Du­cu­ing, S Cordero, J Du­bie, U Seuteni (P Uberti 65), B Lam, M Jal­ib­ert (B Bot­ica 67), Y Les­gour­gues (M Lucu 41), J Poirot (L Kaulashvil­i 47), C May­nadier (J Dweba 47), V Co­bi­las (B Tamei­funa 47), K Dou­glas (C Cazeaux 41), J Marais, M Di­aby (C Woki 47), G Petti, M Tauleigne.

Ed­in­burgh: B Kinghorn, D Gra­ham, J John­stone, G Tay­lor (C Dean 61), D Hoy­land, J Van Der Walt, C Shiel, P Schoe­man (R Suther­land 59), S McI­nally (M Willemse 66), S Berghan (M McCal­lum 67), B Too­lis (A David­son 59), G Gilchrist, J Ritchie (M Brad­bury 61), H Watson, V Mata (N Hain­ing 35).

Scores: 5-0 Cordero try (4 mins); 7-0 Jal­ib­ert con (4); 12-0 Du­bie try (8); 14-0 Jal­ib­ert con (9); 14-3 Van Der Walt pen (31); 14-6 Van Der Walt pen (46); 17-6 Jal­ib­ert pen (49); 17-11 Hoy­land try (53); 20-11 Jal­ib­ert pen (57); 20-14 Kinghorn pen (71); 23-14 Bot­ica pen (80).

HT: 14-3. Att: 1,000. Ref­eree: Frank Mur­phy.

Toulon 11 Scar­lets 6

Toulon: D Ikpe­fan (M Dridi 63), M Dakuwaqa, B Heem, D Paia’aua, G Vil­liere, B Serin (L Car­bonel 43), S Taku­lua, J Gros (F Fre­sia 58), A Etril­lard (B Soury 67), B Gi­gashvili (E Se­tiano 62), S Reb­badj, R Taofifenua (B Alainu-uese 51), C Ol­livon, R Lakafia (F Isa 51), S Parisse (J Ory 76).

Scar­lets: L Half­penny (A O’Brien 67), J McNi­choll, S Hughes, J Wil­liams (J Morgan 70), S Evans, D Jones, G Davies (K Hardy 58), W Jones (P Price 62), K Owens (R Elias 58), S Lee (J Se­bas­tian 67), J Ball, S Lousi (L Rawl­ins 58), B Thom­son (J Davies 66), J Macleod, S Kala­ma­foni.

Scores: 0-3 Half­penny pen (4 mins); 0-6 Half­penny pen (31); 3-6 Car­bonel pen (53); 8-6 Parisse try (55); 11-6 Car­bonel pen (72).

HT: 0-6. Ref­eree: Andrew Brace.

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