Toulouse crushed French rivals Stade Francais 42-16 on Sunday to set-up a Heineken Cup semi-final clash against holders Leinster, who advanced with a 29-28 win over French side Clermont on Friday.
REUTERS - Toulouse offered an impressive combination of power and style to crush French rivals Stade Francais 42-16 on Sunday and set-up a Heineken Cup semi-final clash against holders Leinster.
Toulouse, who had humbled Stade Francais 29-0 in the French championship last month, did it again, this time on the European stage, stepping up a few gears after a tight first half.
A try by centre Yannick Jauzion converted by flyhalf David Skrela, who also added two penalties, gave Toulouse a slim 13-10 lead before a 32,000 home crowd at the interval.
Stade Francais mounted a brave challenge at first, scoring the first try of the match through powerful Argentine prop Rodrigo Roncero and number 10 Lionel Beauxis giving the Parisians five points in the first half from a conversion and a penalty.
The second half, however, was totally one-sided, the visitors managing just two Beauxis penalties while Toulouse ran in two more tries, by lock Patricio Albacete and wing Cedric Heymans, and scored 19 more points from Skrela's accurate boot.
Toulouse will next host Leinster, who advanced with a 29-28 win over French side Clermont on Friday.
Leinster's Irish rivals Munster will visit French side Biarritz in the other semi-final. The matches will be played on May 1 and 2.
The final is on May 22 at Stade de France in Paris.
Date created : 2010-04-11