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Leicester v Toulouse - Live
80 Time up on the clock. The Tigers had a chance to clear their lines, but Toulouse have managed to turn it over. Last roll of the dice for the four-time champions! They put five phases together, but Thierry Dusautoir loses the ball in contact. The ref looks at his watch and blows for full-time... Toulouse are knocked out, and the Tigers march into the quarter-finals!
78 So, two minutes left and Toulouse have an attacking line-out. Botha throws it in, but Millo-Chluski can't take as the ball spills into the hands of Castrogiovanni who holds on for dear life! Dear oh dear! Another chance gone begging for Toulouse... and time isn't on their side.
76 What a punt by the Toulouse pivot, who finally comes good by sending the ball 5m out from the Tigers' line. It's not over yet folks!
75 Toulouse in possession, but are pinned in their half. The Tigers manage to turn over the ball, but it was done illegally which allows Beauxis a chance to punt the pigskin as far as he can into Leicester's half and set up a line-out for his team.
72 Now the Tigers go on the attack. It's Morris with ball in hand and the winger speeds up the touchline before putting ball to boot, but he's kicked it out on the full...
70 Former Wallaby scrum-half Luke Burgess is also on the pitch for Toulouse, who attempt to run the ball out from inside their 22 but it nearly goes horribly wrong before try-scorer Yoann Huget straightens the line and makes a small break. But Hamilton manages to shut Toulouse's dangerman down.
68 George Ford takes the place of Mathew Tait whilst Flood is in the sin-bin...
66 YELLOW CARD, LEICESTER. The Tigers in possession, but McAlister charges down a clearance kick. The Kiwi passes inside to the supporting Fritz , but Flood puts his hand in the way and slaps the ball down. George Clancy shows him a yellow card, and the Tigers will be down to 14 men for the next 10 minutes.
63 Novés has pushed the panic button and makes another change: Gurthro Steenkamp makes way for Vasil Kakovin. And for Leicester, Dan Coles is replaced by Martin Castrogiovanni. Scott Hamilton is also on in place of Adam Thompstone.
61 It's a better strike from McAlister, but the ball sails wide AGAIN. That's 17 points Toulouse have fluffed from the boots of Beauxis and McAlister as coach Guy Novés shakes his head in the stands.
60 The fresh legs look to have paid off. A strong run from Botha into Morris, and the winger plays the ball off his feet. Penalty to Tuolouse! Who's going to step up to the tee? It's McAlister...
57 More changes from the Toulouse camp: Tolofua makes way for Gary Botha, and off comes lock Yoann Maestri for Romain Millo-Chluski.
55 The two teams scrum down, and once again the Toulouse pack are penalised. Dan Cole gets a high five from his team-mates.
53 That five-pointer has the put a spring in Toulouse's step as the visitors once again threaten inside Leicester's 22. Clement Poitrenaud slips as he took in a pass from Vincent Clerc and spills the ball forward.
50 For some odd reason Beauxis is kicking again. And surprise, surprise... he's missed! However, Toulouse are back in the hunt! 9-5
49 TRY, TOULOUSE. Leicester with the throw-in, but Albacete pinches it and McAlister hoists a high one for his team-mates to chase. Mathew Tait is underneath it, but loses the ball backwards as he tried to clear. Yoann Huget pounces and puts enough pressure down on the loose ball for the try!
46 Tolofua throws in, Crane puts pressure on the Toulouse jumpers but Nyanga has it covered. Beauxis puts in a monster punt and the ball sails into touch.
45 Quick change for Toulouse: Yannick Nyanga comes on for Gregory Lamboley at flank
44 Now it's Toulouse who are put under pressure 10m out from their line after a clever grubber from Flood sets up a line-out for the visitors, who have struggled in this set-piece.
42 A super start from Toulouse is brought to an end by a missed drop-goal attempt from Beauxis... he's had a nightmare of a game thus far.
Second half Welcome back! Toulouse get the second half under way, and the ball lands into McAlister's hands. The centre races towards Leicester's 22, and finds support in the form of Johnston who rumbles forward.
Half-time LEICESTER 9-0 TOULOUSE
40 The Tigers aren't done yet - Flood puts in a grubber ahead for Morris to chase. He wins the race, but is hauled into touch. Another scuffle breaks out, but the ref sends both teams in the half-time sheds to cool off. Entertaining first half, stick around for the second forty folks!
38 PENALTY, LEICESTER. Now a fight breaks out, Toulouse flank Gregory Lamboley is spotted for throwing a punch. He's called over, just a slap on the wrist and a penalty to the Tigers which Flood duly converts. Three more points to Leicester! 9-0
36 Toulouse really have to come away with some points here, but their pack is once blown up - Census Johnston the guilty party on this occasion. And after six visits to the Tigers tryline, the visitors once again leave empty-handed.
35 Leicester are put on the backfoot once again through that man Picamoles, who uses his big frame to force his way over the tryline. But there's a pile of bodies everywhere! Try or no try? We're going upstairs... after several replays, the TMO tells the referee 'NO TRY'. But Toulouse will have an attacking 5m scrum.
33 Seven minutes left of the half, and Toulouse remain scoreless. Their line-out woes certainly aren't helping matters either as hooker Christopher Tolofua throw is once again not straight.
31 PENALTY, FLOOD. Flood makes up for his earlier miss by slotting the ball between the uprights that extends Leicester's lead to six points! 6-0
30 Line-out just inside Toulouse's half. The ball goes loose, and Waldrom stabs it ahead. The chase is on, but Jean-Marc Doussain has it covered. Or does he? No! The scrum-half loses the ball back and now it's up to McAlister to clean up. But the centre is swamped, and hands the Tigers a penalty for holding on.
27 Flood lines up his second shot at goal. But this time, he has the distance but not the direction...
26 Leicester get the ball back for Ben Youngs, who opts to go blind. Toulouse came up quite fast on that occassionand quite rightly, concede a penalty for offsides.
25 Play taking place on half-way now. The snow is coming down so hard, we can't see the ball! But Picamoles can see Flood in possession and dumps the Tigers pivot - crunch!
22 The Tigers finally make it out of their half and enter Toulouse's 22. The backs are willing to run the slippery ball... Morris has come off his wing and Anthony Allen looks to have put him through a gap with zero Toulouse players in front of him. But he's put the ball down! That was another certain try had he held on...
19 Luke McAlister takes over the kicking duties. But even the former All Black can't manage to raise the flags as the ball hits the left-hand upright! That's nine points down the toilet...
18 Picamoles breaks off the back of the scrum. He gains some valuable metres for his team, but is flirting with the touchline. He passes inside to Patricio Albacete who thunders forward. A ruck forms, Dan Cole comes in from the side and George Clancy awards Toulouse another penalty.
15 Early blow for Leicester now, as Steve Mafi is forced off the white pitch with a hamstring injury. He tried to chase the ball after hacking it ahead, but hit the deck in pain. Jordan Crane takes his place.
13 So another chance for Beauxis as he lines up his second attempt at goal, but once again he pushes it wide! Six points gone begging for Toulouse...
12 Flood with the 22m drop-out. Louis Picamoles takes it in and charges forward - supported by giant prop Gurthro Steenkamp who takes the pass and wins another penalty for his team after Flood is pinged for playing the ball off his feet.
10 Lionel Beauxis lines it up, but can't find his target. Flags stay down, and the Tigers hang on to their slim three-point lead.
9 The snow continues to fall as ground staff try to sweep away the ice along the touchlines. Whilst they're hard at work, so are Toulouse as the visitors look to respond through a penalty of their own from 37m out.
6 PENALTY, LEICESTER. The Toulon pack put under pressure once again, and the French outfit concede another penalty at scrum-time. Flood points to the posts, and raises the flags with his first penalty attempt of the match. First blood to the Tigers! 3-0
5 Now Leicester centre Anthony Allen breaks clear. He links up with Niall Morris who only has to slide over the line, but looks to have lost the ball in the process! Dear oh dear... We're going upstairs and the TMO tells referee George Clancy the ball was lost forward - 5m scrum to Toulouse.
3 Play taking place inside the Tigers' territory after Toulouse maneuvered their way out of their half. Toulouse now have the put-in at the scrum after another small knock by Leicester. However, the hosts win a penalty after early engagement by the Toulouse front row... Toby Flood boots for touch.
1 And we're under way! Leicester kick off in the snow blizzard! The Toulouse forwards are put under pressure immediatelly, as the Tigers pack win back possession and rumble forward. Out the ball comes, and it's shifted to matt Smith in midfield who breaks but then loses the ball forward after slipping on the snow. Scrum to the visitors...
Team news For the Tigers, Thomas Waldrom starts at number eight ahead of Jordan Crane, who drops to the bench. There is also a late change to the backs, with Matt Smith taking the place of the injured Manu Tuilagi. Scott Hamilton takes Smith's place on the bench.
Team news For Toulouse, Thierry Dusautoir returns to the pack alongside Gregory Lamboley and Louis Picamoles while hooker Christopher Tolofua is back in the side. A further boost to the line-up is prop Census Johnston coming through a late fitness test, which allows him to start at prop alongside Gurthro Steenkamp. In the backs, Lionel Beauxis has been named at fly-half alongside Luke McAlister.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Welford Road for this much-anticipated final round Heineken Cup clash between European heavyweights Leicester and Toulouse, who will battle it out for a place in this season's quarter-finals.
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