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Matthis Lebel scores for Toulouse in extra time. James Crombie/INPHO
after extra time

Agony again for Leinster as Toulouse claim their 6th Champions Cup crown

The French side won a thrilling, wild final in extra time.

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Leinster 22

Toulouse 31

THE LAST TWO have been heartbreaking but this one might hurt most of all.

For the third year in a row, Leinster have lost the Champions Cup final. They cleared their La Rochelle hoodoo to get to this decider but Toulouse will haunt them now.

It took extra time to decide it on this remarkable occasion in London but it’s still so painful for Leo Cullen’s men and their supporters.

Toulouse won it, that should be stressed. They defended with incredible resilience and then started extra time at high speed as they took full advantage of a yellow card for James Lowe.

A red card for Toulouse lock Richie Arnold then meant there was brief hope for Leinster but Toulouse finished extra time well too as Thomas Ramos’ place-kicking guided them home.

The sublime Antoine Dupont was hugely influential at scrum-half yet again, winning turnovers, kicking 50:22s and challenging the defence every time he was in possession. Blair Kinghorn, Jack Willis, and Romain Ntamack were among the standouts too. The French club are deserved winners, moving two titles clear of Leinster on six.

Leinster scorers:

Tries: Josh van der Flier 

Conversions: Ciarán Frawley [1 from 1]

Penalties: Ross Byrne [4 from 4], Ciarán Frawley [1 from 1]

Toulouse scorers:

Tries: Matthis Lebel

Conversions: Thomas Ramos [1 from 1]

Penalties: Blair Kinghorn [4 from 5], Thomas Ramos [4 from 5]

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