Leinster came agonisingly close to Toulon's behemoth's yesterday. If it wasn't for a missed kick here or an intercept pass then Leinster could have done the impossible and sent the two time champions crashing out.
Toulon's tryscorer Bryan Habana wasn't overly happy with their performance, warning the team that they need to do a lot better in the final against Clermont, and that they need to go back to the drawing board to make sure they improve on their performance in St. Etienne. Habana even suggested that the dream team of Toulon were a little complacent in the game.
Mentally, I think we turned up and thought it was going to be a walkover, but the game ended up being on a knife-edge.
That may be harsh to the titanic efforts put in by the Leinster pack especially, lead by Jordi Murphy and Mike Ross, although given the riches that Toulon possess, and the pre-game expectation, you have to wonder if that might be the case.
As for now, Habana knows that they are on the cusp of something extraordinary. Himself and the rest of his teammates are looking to give their retiring stars Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams:
We have the chance to make it a special end to the season for players like Carl Hayman, Ali Williams and Bakkies Botha, who are retiring. We've got 80 minutes - or maybe 100 - to try to put them into the history books as legends with a third successive European win.
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