Toulouse trounce Ulster 36-8 in Champions Cup quarter-final

Cheslin Kolbe scored two tries for Toulouse
Cheslin Kolbe scored two tries for Toulouse
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Toulouse 36-8 Ulster, Stade Ernest Wallon

South Africa international Cheslin Kolbe scored two tries as Toulouse trounced Ulster 36-8 in the quarter-final of the Heinken Champions Cup at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday.

Kolbe scored both his tries in the first half as Toulouse had a 15-3 lead in the opening half and as Ulster managed a solitary try from John Cooney in the second half, tries from Antoine Dupont, Pita Ahki and Thomas Ramos sealed a vital win for the French side.

Toulouse will now face Exeter Chiefs in the semi-final on 26th September at Sandy Park.

Kolbe got the home side off to a terrific start with an early second minute try and Ramos kicked a 14th minute penalty goal to take them to an eight-point lead. Ulster had a set back when Billy Burns left the field injured with a calf strain in the 16th minute.

John Cooney kicked a 26th minute penalty to get Ulster off the mark but Kolbe outplayed Jacob Stockdale for the second time in the game to score his second at the stroke of half-time and Ramos improved it to make the scoreline 15-3.

The French side looked dominant from the outset in the second half with tries from Dupont (50'), Ahki (62') and Ramos (67'). The fullback also kicked all three conversions as Toulouse took their tally to 36 points.

Even though Cooney scored a consolation try for Ulster in the 72nd minute, it was Toulouse, who were dominated on Sunday as they head to the semi-final with a convincing 28 point win.


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