2023 Stade Toulousain vs Racing 92 - Semifinal

Immaculate Toulouse Blitz Racing 92 To Seal Top 14 Final Spot

Immaculate Toulouse Blitz Racing 92 To Seal Top 14 Final Spot

Stade Toulousain defeated Racing 92 41 - 14 in the Top 14 semi-finals at the Estadio Reale Arena in San Sebastian to take one step closer to a 22nd title.

Jun 9, 2023 by Philip Bendon
Immaculate Toulouse Blitz Racing 92 To Seal Top 14 Final Spot

Stade Toulousain took one step closer to a 22nd French title this evening with just about as polished a performance as anyone could hope to see on a rugby pitch. 

Blitzing Racing 92, the Antoine Dupont led Toulouse side emerged victorious 41 – 14 in a scoreline that truly flatters Racing. 

Still clearly reeling from their disappointing Heineken Champions Cup semi-final loss to Leinster, Toulouse looked like a side on a mission. 

Whilst it took 18 minutes to get across for the first try of the evening, there was only ever one side in the contest as Toulouse at one point held a 34 – 0 lead. 

As one would expect from the French giants, there were several sublime tries, the first of which broke the deadlock as winger Matthis Lebel sliced through from a well-worked set piece. 

Next up, it would be the power of the Toulouse forwards, who would power over five minutes later through giant secondrow Emmanuel Meafou, who had French fans dreaming about the prospect of him featuring for Les Bleus in the World Cup. 

Toulouse’s third try was quite possibly the closest thing to Rugby’s version of Johan Cruyff’s ‘total football’. 

Going through nearly every Toulouse player’s hands at some point before number 8 Alexandre Roumat trotted over, the score was a piece of magic. 

Whilst just about every Toulouse try was a thing of beauty, try number four truly stood out as Dupont pulled off a remarkable no-look pass to leave Racing grasping at air as Arthur Retière scampered away. 

Racing would respond with two quick tries in the 71st and 76th minutes through Gael Fickou and Ibrahim Diallo, but it was too little too late as Toulouse were out of sight at this point. 

Ending on a high, Toulouse would cross for one final score through utility forward François Cros to rubber-stamp the result in the 81st minute. 

Toulouse will now face either Heineken Champions Cup winners La Rochelle or Bordeaux-Begles in the final next week.