The final of the European Cup will oppose the Toulouse, quadruple winners of the trophy, to the novices Rochelais, brilliant scorers of Leinster. See you on May 22 at Twickenham pto place a French king on the European throne!
Toulouse to experience
For the eighth time in its history, the Toulouse stadium qualified for the final round of the Champions Cup with a strong Bordeaux player after a disappointing game. Multiplying the mistakes of hand and the bad choices, theUgo mola did not achieve their best performance of the season far from it. The stake took precedence over the game, and it was not until the last quarter of an hour for the Toulouse residents to widen the gap on their Aquitaine neighbors whose preparation had been largely disrupted by the cases of Covid.
We often talk about the talent and the carefree youth of Toulouse, but on Saturday it was the experience of a few old grumblers that allowed the Haut-Garonnais to overcome their feverishness. In front, the All Blacks Jerome kaino (38 years old) and Charlie faumuina (34 years old) were formidable of presence and ardor in the fight while in the back lines it is the eldest Pita Ahki (28 years old) who reigned over the debates, confirming that he is the 3/4 most influential Toulouse center since Yannick Jauzion.
In search of a 5th European coronation, which would make it the most successful club on the continental scene, Toulouse will certainly be able to count on its elders, and we can bet that its youth will know how to free itself this time around in the image of a Antoine Dupont, author of the decisive test (72nd), and who finished the semi-final in cannonball.
La Rochelle, brilliant novice
Despite the absence of her 16th man, the extraordinary audience of Marcel-Deflandre, the Rochelais achieved one of their greatest performances in their history by defeating Leinster, quadruple winner of the competition, and thus qualifying for their first final in the most prestigious of European cups.
The achievement of the Maritimes is all the more dazzling as it is up front that they built their success, clearly taking the upper hand over the formidable Irish pack. The eight Rochelais had a breathtaking match, symbolized by the XXL performance of the Australian second row Will skelton whose power caused enormous damage in the defense of Leinstermen and author of the break test at the end of the match (74th).
Semi-finalist of the last Top 14 (in 2019), La Rochelle confirms its rise to power season after season, relying on the consistency of its executives Vito, Kerr-Barlow, Botia, Atonio and Gourdon, the affirmation of its young internationals Alldritt and Bourgarit, and on the effectiveness of successful recruitment with Flax, Leyds, Rhule in addition to the monstrous Skelton.
In short, the Yellow and Black novices will play their card to the full against Toulouse who won the 3 previous finals having opposed them to another French club (Perpignan in 2003, Stade Français in 2005 and Biarritz in 2010). It promises a great show between the 2 leaders of the Top 14, which shows that the best teams of the moment will compete for the European throne at Twickenham.