Depleted Leinster stun Toulouse
Leinster ended Toulouse’s unbeaten run in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup with a thrilling 29-13 bonus-point victory at the RDS, securing their quarter-final place with one round remaining.
Jack Conan’s 34th-minute try gave the defending champions a 10-6 lead after playing into a strong wind in the first half, with Thomas Ramos kicking two penalties in reply for Toulouse. The hosts, despite a long list of influential absentees – including captain Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw, Devin Toner and Dan Leavy – went on to dominate the second half with three further tries.
Dave Kearney, Sean Cronin (right) and Adam Byrne all crossed as Leinster claimed a victory that moves them top of pool one.
At the Kingspan Stadium, Jacob Stockdale shone again for Ulster as he scored two tries in the Irish province’s pulsating European Champions Cup 26-22 win over
Racing 92. The Ireland winger touched down in either half – his second a memorable solo effort – and has scored in every European round so far, with Ulster’s other try coming from debutant winger Robert Baloucoune.
The win puts Ulster two points behind leaders Racing in pool four – the French having come away with two bonus points – and in with a strong chance of qualifying for the last eight.