Toulouse head coach Ugo Mola will be looking to “make good choices” and for his squad to “grow” as the French club seek to make qualification for the latter stages of the Heineken Champions Cup a regular occurrence.
Sunday’s 30-12 defeat by defending champions Leinster Rugby was Toulouse’s first appearance in the semi-final of Europe’s elite club competition since 2011, when they also lost to the Irish province.
“We’re aware of the task facing us,” said Mola. “This squad needs to grow, to relive this type of moment. It’s now up to us to make good choices in the near future in order to continue at this level.”
The boss of the TOP 14 leaders had no complaints about the weekend result, describing Leinster as “Europe’s best” as they go forward to a final date with Saracens in Newcastle on May 11 (17:00 BST).
“I think the best team won,” he said. “We all thought so. Leinster were in so much control of the game and unfortunately we failed to turn the tide. We had the impression that they had us by the collar and were playing with us around their little finger.
“There is this feeling of having lost against someone better than us. We were never able to really undermine them. They’re not Europe’s best for nothing.
“If there was a frustration, it was not being able to score when we were on top – as we normally do. The Leinster players knew, above all, not to let us get into any rhythm. They carried out their plan perfectly.
“We wanted to win the ball and the battle for possession, but Leinster contained us in our half. You have to dig deep to beat this type of team and we came up against a formidable pack of forwards.”