Brian O’Driscoll’s Leinster did the unthinkable and clobbered Toulouse in Toulouse to advance to the semi-finals of the European Cup. Munster and Bath also won.
Former Crusaders and All Blacks captain Todd Blackadder, who played out his career in Scotland, said Toulouse was the most daunting away fixture he had experienced in both hemispheres. It is a measure of Leinster’s achievement.
In many respects it was France v Ireland and the kind of game that unfolded was similar to the Six Nations spectacle earlier this year. Then France led 43-3 and hung on to win 43-31. On Saturday it was Leinster who led 41-21 before clinching it 41-35.
Leinster led 19-9 at halftime and scored four tries to two. They now play Munster in the semi-finals meaning Ireland will have a finalist in the competition.
Munster were too strong for Perpignan, winning 19-10 in Dublin. South Africans Shaun Payne and Trevor Halstead played for Munster.
In an all English quarter-final Bath outkicked Leicester by five penalties to four with Chris Malone’s five successful kicks earning them a 15-12 win.