Leicester Tigers missed out on reaching their first-ever European Challenge Cup final as Toulon won 34-19 victory at Stade Félix Mayol.
Nemani Nadolo and Harry Potter scored a try in each half but Steve Borthwick’s side shipped four tries while Louis Carbonel was faultless from the tee.
Leicester Tigers writer Bobby Bridge has focused on the individual performances and scored the players out of ten. Let us know your opinion on the scores via our Leicester Tigers Facebook page and on Bobby’s Twitter account.
15. Kini Murimurivalu – 4
Did not commit fully to the tackle as Bryce Heem cantered home for his early try and also popped an interception pass in the build up to the second Toulon try. Did well to stop Louis Carbonel latching onto a grubber ahead. Penalised for two ruck offences in second half.
14. Harry Potter – 7
Looked bright stepping in off his wing and did well early into second half to offload when being bundled into touch. Took his try really well and rose to the challenge. Defensively still a work in progress but made a Tigers best 77 metres with ball in hand.
13. Jaco Taute – 6
Sat down Duncan Paia’aua with thunderous 20th minute carry. Provided the assist for Nadolo’s try.
12. Matt Scott – 6
Did well early into second half to offload when being bundled into touch. Went the distance
11. Nemani Nadolo – 7
Good early carry but kicked dead shortly afterwards. Strong burst before Ford’s second penalty. His try before half-time is his hallmark, unstoppable from that range. Held up Raphael Lakafia over the line well in the second half. Made 55 metres from 11 carries and completed his six tackles.
10. George Ford – 3
Early penalty kick was followed up by a sliced punt out on the full from a free-kick. Kicked 49th minute close-range kick to touch dead when momentum was firmly with Tigers. Decent tackle on Villière in the second half but missed his man when Villière did get his second score. Wayward from the tee and kicking from hand was not much better. Way short of his high standards.
9. Ben Youngs – 6
Bravely tapped a penalty before half-time that led to Nadolo’s try. Distribution at times was slow but not always his fault as Toulon disrupted the breakdown.
1. Ellis Genge – 8
The baby Rhino marked the birth of Ragh Ellis in midweek with a rampaging display with ball in hand but will rue conceding a 63rd minute penalty from a close-range scrum (although it did seem harsh). Finished a move well to score but try was chalked off for a forward pass. Made 67 metres from 12 runs.
2. Tom Youngs – 5
Usual physical fare from the long-serving hooker, who was truly in the wars requiring plenty of medical attention. Penalised twice during the match.
3. Dan Cole – 6
Steady without being eye-catching. Shed blood for the cause when Tigers were under the pump.
4. Tomás Lavanini – 5
Stripped by Sergio Parisse, perhaps illegally, that led to Heem’s try. Defended his own line well but his late tackle deserved a yellow card and was massively avoidable. It was a costly sin-bin that undid his good work carrying hard with ball in hand.
5. Calum Green – 6
Key part of Tigers’ defensive effort inside their own 22. Substituted late on as Thom Smith got four minutes.
6. Harry Wells – 6
Stole a line out in the second half and made some eye-catching carries. One of only three forwards to go the distance.
7. Tommy Reffell – 6
Fantastic breakdown turnover under his own posts in the second half but Toulon’s force in the collisions limited his impact in this department.
8. Hanro Liebenberg – 7
A dog of war at number eight. Constantly ran into heavy traffic for the cause.