In Belfast, the Toulouse managed to win by 7 points (30-23) and recovered from the deficit of the first leg thanks to an Antoine Dupont try five minutes from the end of the match. They will challenge Munster in the quarterfinals.
Movie of the match: a cross in favor of Stade Toulousain
The Toulousans had started this round of 16 perfectly thanks to a penalty from Ramos. Robert Baloucone, author of a hat-trick at the Stadium, calmly received the yellow card. But Dimitri Delibes imitated him 3 minutes later. Wanting to play all the balls, Thomas Ramos quickly played a touch from 5m but it was Ulster who scored the first try of the match after an Antoine Dupont loose ball.
Thomas Ramos let his side through after his try, perfectly started by his hinge, before Romain Ntamack intercepted a ball and scored the second try for La Rouge et Noir. Toulouse led by 10 points before Ulster came from behind just before the break thanks to a second attempt from McIlroy (17-20).
The second half was more eventful. And then Antoine Dupont came to crucify Ulster under the posts after one of Toulouse’s only attacks in the second half. Thomas Ramos was responsible for converting and allowed Stade Toulousain to take a 30-23 lead. The Rouge et Noir were going to win by 6 points, up to 7. A point more than enough to make Ugo Mola’s men happy.
Man of the Match: Romain Ntamack
Romain Ntamack did almost everything right on the pitch at Belfast’s Kinspan Stadium. On the first attempt it is he who breaks the opposing defensive curtain before serving his friend Antoine Dupont who only had to play two against one to serve Ramos. 5 minutes later, the international number 10 intercepted a ball in front of him 22 meters away and went on to register Haut-Garonne’s second try 80 meters away.
Turning point of the match: O’Toole sees red
We were playing in the 65th minute when backup prop Tom O’Toole was guilty of a shoulder tackle to the face of Anthony Jelonch. After a few minutes watching the images, Matthew Carley did not hesitate for a minute and showed the Irish player the red card. Ulster, who at that time only led by 3 points, would play the last 15 minutes in inferiority. And this numerical superiority benefited Toulouse to score the decisive third trial at the end of the match.
Lesson of the match: the heart of the champion
A quarter-final remake of the last round of 16 played at Thomond Park against Munster, where Ugo Mola’s men managed to beat the Irish last year and launched their fabulous European epic. That is what Ugo Mola’s men have been offered thanks to their 7-point success on the pitch in Belfast this Saturday afternoon. Thanks to this hard-won but precious victory, Toulouse can continue to defend its European title. And we will have to go to Ireland again, the weekend of May 7 and 8.