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Four-time winners Toulouse will be looking for a five-point haul against Bath on Sunday in order to clinch a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final spot. Action from the Stade Ernest Wallon gets under way at 15:15 GMT, live on beIN SPORTS and BT Sport.
- This will be the eighth meeting between Toulouse and Bath, and the TOP 14 side will be looking for back-to-back wins after their victory in Round 1.
- Toulouse are aiming to win all three home games in a European campaign for the first time since 2012/13.
- Bath have lost six of their last eight Champions Cup away games against TOP 14 opposition, although all those defeats have seen them secure a losing bonus point.
- Toulouse are one of just three sides in the Champions Cup yet to lose a scrum on their own feed after five rounds.
- Cheslin Kolbe has beaten more defenders and made more clean breaks than any other player.
Le demi de mêlée toulousain, @Dupont9A, évoque la rencontre décisive à venir face à @bathrugby, qui constitue un véritable 8ème de finale. #STBATH https://t.co/A9iHWb2qfW
— Stade Toulousain (@StadeToulousain) January 18, 2019
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Toulouse will play domestic rivals Racing 92 in the quarter-finals after edging past Bath Rugby in a hard-fought encounter, defeating the English side 20-17 at the Stade Ernest-Wallon.
The four-time European champions qualify second from Pool 1 – behind Leinster Rugby – on 21 points and will head to the French capital at the end of March in an all-French battle.
The hosts got off to a strong start with Samoan lock Joe Tekori the benefactor of a well-worked maul in open play to power over the try line. Australian Zach Holmes made the conversion to put the French side 7-0 up.
Fly-halves Rhys Priestland and Holmes both traded penalties before the hosts added their second try through Heineken Man of the Match Antoine Dupont. The scrum-half took advantage of a loose ball near Bath’s try line to cross over for an opportunistic try. Holmes added the extras to extend Toulouse’s advantage to 14 points.
Offloads, grubbers, chaos…
Antoine Dupont with what must be the cheekiest finish of the weekend as Toulouse increase their lead vs Bath. pic.twitter.com/09UiltmWu2
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 20, 2019
The visitors rallied late on to provide a scare for Toulouse supporters inside a sold-out Stade Ernest-Wallon, with England internationals Semesa Rokoduguni and Zach Mercer scoring converted tries either side of a Thomas Ramos penalty. Both their efforts were converted by Priestland.
But Toulouse managed to hang on for the win and reach the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup.
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