TOULOUSE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPEAN RUGBY
Credit: Channel 4
Toulouse Champions of European Rugby
by Jacob Worthington
Saturday the 22nd of May brought the finale of a very strange European Cup. After 6 months and many cancellations, Toulouse clinched a 22–17 victory against La Rochelle at Twickenham in the European Cup. The winner in the European Challenge Cup was Montpellier who clutched a 18-17 victory over Leicester Tigers. As both rounds 3 and 4 of the pool stages were cancelled due to coronavirus, the final held in front of a 10,000 strong crowd was a refreshing sight which will hopefully grow in attendance in the near future.
In an all-French affair Toulouse secured their 5th European Cup victory in a game of only 2 tries and numerous penalties. The main event of the first half was a red card to Botia of La Rochelle. Despite this the game remained very competitive up until the last minute and the result could have easily swung the opposite way. Ntamack kicked flawlessly for Toulouse slotting 5/5 penalties which proved vital in a game ending with only a 5-point lead.
Toulouse Raise the Cup in London for the first time since 2010. Credit: Sky Sports
In the Challenge Cup Montpellier were victorious over Leicester Tigers in a very physical battle. Montpellier were able to undo Leicester with creative plays and fast feet scoring 2 tries. However, Tigers were physically dominant in the pack and mauls which lead to their 2 scores. This game also remained very close.
Despite England having a poor Six Nations there is plenty of Rugby to look forward to soon. Warren Gatlin has released his 37-man squad for the British and Irish Lions tour in the summer in South Africa and the fixture list has also been released. Can the Lions dethrone a World Cup winning Spring Bok side? Not to mention, with only 3 rounds left in the Gallagher Premiership it will be interesting to see who tops the table and makes the Semi Finals.
Studying Horology at Birmingham City University Jacob has an interest in the movements and mechanisms of watches. Jacob’s studies have led him to examine a variety of timepieces ranging from a carriage clock to fusee pocket watch and enjoys discovering the history of horology. He also has an enthusiasm for movement finishing and different manufacturing techniques used in the industry.