Munster’s invasion of southern France has failed in its objective to secure a place in the Heineken Cup final. This setback represents a double whammy by Toulon, the reigning champions, over the Irish giants of Leinster and Munster. The Red Army can take some consolation from the fact that their team gave a good account of themselves.
Although Munster were always chasing the match, a final score of 24-16 is no disgrace. Simon Zebo’s converted try gave the southern province hope, but that dastardly Jonny Wilkinson was just too lethal with his goal kicks. Credit to Toulon for their clinical performance. They will need more of the same against the dark horses of Saracens who surprisingly annihilated Clermont Auvergne on Saturday. The scene is now set in Cardiff for a good old-fashioned re-enactment of the battle of Agincourt. Meanwhile, Munster can now dust themselves off from their defeat and do battle with Leinster and Ulster in the latter stages of the Pro12. Fortunately, for this trio, there will be no French resistance on hand to sabotage their quest for domestic glory.
Toulon 24 MUNSTER 16
[Try scorer: Zebo]
Toulon now meet Saracens in the European Cup final on Saturday the 24th of May at the Millennium Stadium.