Thursday, October 22, 2009
In another exciting Heineken Cup round 2 game, the visiting Toulouse came back from being 14-0 down, to beat Harlequins 23-19 at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.
Ugo Monye scored two great tries as he showed how lethal he can be when put in space. It was not enough though, as Toulouse fought back in the second half to beat the home side and claim top spot in Pool 5.
"We have a lot of belief at this club and it showed during that first half when we played ourselves into a really strong position," said Monye.
"But then we didn't look after the ball well enough and we left the door ajar. Lesser teams might not have squeezed through, but Toulouse are a different proposition.
"You cannot give them the openings we allowed. They were given two soft tries and we did ourselves damage more than any inflicted by our opponents.
"Even then, we regained the lead and could have won it at the end, but failed to take two decent chances."
Harlequins head coach John Kingston was naturally disappointed with the result.
"That was far and away the finest rugby we've played this season, so we are frustrated. You can go away and analyse things, but if you drop a high ball, then you fail to spot a three-on-one overlap, then a player trips over as he is heading for the line, you don't need to do much analysing.
"There's no question our situation in the Heineken Cup now is very difficult. But if we can do the business home and away to Sale, beat Cardiff Blues here, then who can tell what will happen with the other results," he said.