Toulouse player ratings: Antoine Dupont and Jack Willis produce all-time displays to fire French giants to sixth title

Jared Wright
Antoine Dupont in action for Toulouse.

Antoine Dupont in action for Toulouse.

Following Toulouse’s 31-22 victory over Leinster after extra-time in the final, here is how we rated the six-time Investec Champions Cup winners from the clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Toulouse player ratings v Leinster

15 Blair Kinghorn: Simply superb. He shone at full-back and equally so at wing too. Landed a massive hit, chased kicks well and contested the high balls brilliantly. 8

14 Juan Cruz Mallia: A brain fade throwing a poor pass in the first half but recovered to have a strong game under the high ball. He had a few opportunities in attack but held his own in defence. 6

13 Paul Costes: A lively, energetic shift from the blonde midfielder until he departed before the hour mark. Strong defence and wonderful carries into the Leinster defence. 6

12 Pita Ahki: Lasted just 20-odd minutes before his final was brought to a swift end through injury. He had few involvements during his stint but missed a couple of tackles and made a poor defensive read. 5

11 Matthis Lebel: Marked incredibly well by Jordan Larmour, but he certainly tested the Irish international, and after being denied a try in regular time and he scored a stunner in extra time. He competed well in the air and defended well too. 8

10 Romain Ntamack: Quietly excellent game from the fly-half who kicked well, defended heroically and launched the attack perfectly to get Lebel over the line. 8

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Magical Antoine Dupont

9 Antoine Dupont (c): Peerless, persistent and outrageously brilliant. The great players always produce in the big games and that was precisely what he did. He had a few hiccups in the first half due to the battle at the breakdown but they were minor. He kicked ridiculously well throughout the game, ran the attack well and was remarkably brilliant at the breakdown, winning crucial turnovers. An all-time great performance. 9

Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

Planet Rugby’s player ratings key.

8 Alexandre Roumat: Much like the rest of the pack, Roumat was superb at the breakdown. He also got his hands on the ball plenty and was safe lineout option, and pestered Leinster throughout. 8

7 Jack Willis: It was a sensational breakdown battle, and the English openside was front and centre of it all with another masterclass. Even if he didn’t win the turnover, he was a nuisance to Leinster all game. He also topped the tackle count with an absurd 27 hits. 9

6 Francois Cros: He was not pleased that he was taken off before the final whistle and understandably so as he powered through a mountain of work in fantastic fashion for 68 minutes. A few hammering hits on defence and fierce breakdown work. He did return to close out the game and was equally effective. 8

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Tight five

5 Emmanuel Meafou: A beautifully brutal, abrasive and effective performance from the powerhouse lock who wreaked havoc on the Leinster defence for his first 55 minutes and returned to pick up from where he left off. He attracted at least two defenders each time, offloading well too and hammered into rucks with immense success. A sensational shift. 8

4 Thibaud Flament: A busy shift from start to finish as he charged around the pitch looking to make an impact and he did. He contested at the lineout well, tackled superbly and had a few good touches on attack. 8

3 Dorian Aldegheri: Played his part in Toulouse’s abrasive approach to the breakdown, but he conceded four penalties in his 55 minutes on the park. 4

2 Peato Mauvaka: A combative performance in all facets of the game from the livewire hooker. Hit his targets at the lineout, won a turnover and tackle well in all-around solid shift. 7

1 Cyril Baille: Toulouse didn’t have it all their own way in the scrum, in fact Leinster comfortably came out on top. While that was not all Baille’s doing, he does have to shoulder some of the blame. He was otherwise busy around the park. 5

Replacements: Santiago Chocobares was the pick of the lot after replacing Ahki early in the game. He was excellent in all facets of the game and timed his pass perfectly for Lebel’s try. Richie Arnold’s red card hurts the collective rating but the likes of Chocobares, Thomas Ramos and Julien Marchand were strong. 6

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