Monday, January 18, 2010
Toulouse joined fellow French side Biarritz in the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup as they beat English side Harlequins 33-21 in front of their fans at the Ernest Wallon on Sunday.
The three-time European Cup winners got the bonus point win which means they will top the pool whatever happens next week. The scoreline slightly flattered the visitors, who were 33-7 down with just over five minutes left in the game.
Toulouse were remorseless as they hit their straps, scoring some great tries and showing that theyre a genuine threat once again.
Ugo Monye scored two excellent consolation efforts late in the game for Quins, but it was too little too late as Toulouse romped to victory, much to the delight of Coach Guy Noves.
"We really raised our level of play today," said the coach who has been in charge at Toulouse since 1993.
"We owe nothing to anybody and we deserve to have qualified. We are third in the championship, in the European Cup quarter-finals and despite outside criticism, I think that a lot of other sides would like to be in our position."
"The good start of the second half and the fact that we could get ahead on the scoreboard allowed us free ourselves up and lift the level of our play.
"We saw some really fantastic stuff on the field with four great tries, even if we conceded three, including one at the end when we turned off," he added.
Toulouse travel to Sale this weekend for round six of the tournament.
Note: Commentary for this clip is in French