Leinster have booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup final with a blistering show of rugby against the reigning champions Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium.
eo Cullen’s Blues held a strong 23-10 lead at the interval, but had to overcome an early setback after Antoine Dupont ran the length of the pitch for a try with Thomas Ramos adding the extras to cancel out Johnny Sexton’s third minute penalty.
With the scores at 7-3 in Toulouse’s favour, Leinster went on the offensive and Sexton kicked over another penalty after 12 minutes to make it 7-6.
James Lowe soon made the breakthrough for Leinster as a deft inside ball from Sexton sent him crashing over from close range for a try which is followed up by a Sexton conversion.
Soon after, Sexton was again at the epicentre of another Leinster try with a beautiful dummy that broke the Toulouse line and feed it out wide to Van der Flier who stepped over the line for a try.
Sexton kicked over the conversion with ease.
Ramos reduced Toulouse’s arrears ith a penalty to make it 20-10 in Leinster’s favour.
Toulouse captain Julian Marchand got penalised for clearing out beyond the ruck and taking out Gibson-Park, and that penalty is brought forward by 10 metres after some backchat.
It was a poor mistake from an experienced player as Sexton fired Leinster back into a 13-points lead going into the interval.
Leinster picked up where they left off in the second half and got their just rewards when quick hands and the changes of the angles added problems for Toulouse and it ended in a try for James Lowe with Sexton again adding the extras.
With 13 minutes remaining, Selevasio Tolofua finished off a rolling maul to score for Toulouse. Ramos’ conversion made it 30-17.
Sexton added another three points to Leinster’s tally with six minutes remaining and Hugo Keenan notched another try to make it 40-17 and book their place in the final at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on May 28.