It was unbelievable – Williams

Date published: May 3 2015

Toulon second-row Ali Williams was delighted with his man-of-the-match showing as his team won a remarkable three straight European titles.

Williams, 34, was a stand-out player for the champions as they beat Clermont 24-18 at Twickenham and couldn't hide his delight after the full-time whistle.

"It was unbelievable – I just can't believe the courage of this Toulon side. We haven't been together for that long, two or three years, but we play for each other," the experienced former international lock told

"It was an amazing occasion and it's pretty special to win this title three years in a row. We probably haven't played the most attractive rugby all season, but deep inside we know how to win.

"There is a deep down desire within us all not to let the opposition get on top and I have so much respect for everyone in the team. 'Legends' is a label people give you, but what you want is that deep down realisation whenever you meet up with your team mates that you were part of something special."

The former All Black and Blues forward will retire from rugby at the end of the Top 14 season and found time to praise match-winner Drew Mitchell, who scored a critical second-half try for Toulon in the European final at Twickenham.

"I've never been so happy with an Aussie in my life," he added. 

"I love playing the game, it means so much to me and I couldn't be happier at the moment, especially as my family flew so far to come to watch the game."