The essential Stade Rochelais, winner of Leinster in the semi-finals of the European Cup (32-23) on Sunday 2nd May, will play for the continental title on Saturday 22nd May at the Stade Toulousain in Twickenham.
It’s a Franco-French final that awaits the Stade Toulousain. The Rouge et Noir meet the Maritimes of Stade Rochelais in the European Cup final in Twickenham. La Rochelle achieved the feat on Sunday May 2nd by dominating the Irish from Leinster (32-23).
Thanks to a conquering front and a burning Pierre Bougarit, the Rochelais set their rhythm on the quickly overtaken Irish. Only in the second half of the year did the success take shape. Jono Gibbes’ players scored two consecutive attempts by Alldritt (66th) and Skelton (74th).
Advantage for Stade Toulousain
The Stadistes will find an opponent they know well and who has already beaten twice this year. This shock of the top 14 always offers bitter and close duels. However, Ugo Mola’s men leave with a psychological advantage and greater experience. Indeed, La Rochelle will play the first European final in its history.
But few Toulouse players have reached this stage of the competition. The Stade has not contested a final since its victory in 2010. A win against another French team, Biarritz. A good sign for Ugo Mola’s players, who won the club’s 5th European Championship.