EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP: Champions Toulon end Leinster’s Euro hopes

Toulon's Mamuka Gorgodze puts the ball down for a try but is later disallowed
Toulon's Mamuka Gorgodze puts the ball down for a try but is later disallowed

LEINSTER 16 TOULON 20

Toulon turned on the power in the second half to secure a 20-16 win at the Aviva Stadium and end Leinster’s interest in this season’s European Champions Cup.

With their bulldozing bench coming to the fore, the defending champions erased a 16-5 interval deficit thanks to a penalty try, a maul effort from replacement hooker Anthony Etrillard and a Tom Taylor penalty.

A knock-on denied Mamuka Gorgodze a late bonus point try and Leinster, with Jordi Murphy in the sin-bin, could not muster a response in the dying seconds as they fell to their fourth successive defeat in Pool Five.

Leo Cullen’s men were the better side up to the break, Jonathan Sexton converting a 17th-minute penalty try and firing over three penalties. However, Toulon silenced the vast majority of the 44,925-strong crowd with a clinical display over the closing 40 minutes.