Leinster are through to a second consecutive Champions Cup final after a thoroughly convincing win over Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium. While the Irish side defended brilliantly at times, it was ultimately a fairly routine victory against one of the form sides in European rugby.
They will now face Saracens in the final on May 11th, setting up what is sure to be an enthralling clash.
Leinster were irresistible at times today, especially in the opening period. James Lowe's opening try was as good a passage of team play that you will see this season, while their flair and ingenuity was matched with a sense of structure and a plan of attack.
The BT Sport panel were certainly impressed by Leinster's display today. Lawrence Dallaglio called them the best attacking force in European rugby, while Brian O'Driscoll was also optimistic about their direction ahead of a history making final in a few weeks.
"I still think Leinster have the best attacking shape in world rugby!"
"Leinster will pick some holes in that performance but they'll be thrilled to be in back to back finals."
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Dallaglio: What we have got is the two very best teams in Europe, they have only lost one game between them en route to the final. Attacking wise, we saw what Saracens can produce yesterday in term of their attacking game with the runners they've got.
I still think that Leinster have the best attacking structure and shape in European rugby.
For Toulouse there were a few lessons learned today. You've got to get your selection right, picking Dupont at 10 did not work and the coaches have got to accept that. They're not fit enough to win at this level. Their whole bench was on the pitch after 60 minutes, the games are won and lost in the last 20...
O'Driscoll: Maybe not quite to the standards of that first up game against Wasps when we were all wondering who was possibly going to stop them. There were certainly aspects from today's game that they will be thrilled with.
They will be able to pick some holes in advance of the final in three week's time, but overall they will be delighted to reach consecutive finals and give themselves the chance to make history by becoming the first team to achieve five victories.