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Thomas Ramos of Toulouse breaks clear to score his second try during the Heineken Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Sharks at Stade Ernest Wallon on April 08, 2023 in Toulouse, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Toulouse booked their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final spot with a 54-20 victory over Sharks at Stade Ernest-Wallon.


The five-time European champions made a statement of intent by scoring seven tries with full-back Thomas Ramos contributing 29 points.

The South African visitors were 10-3 ahead after 31 minutes and were still in the contest until Toulouse cut loose in the final 11 minutes.

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A Curwin Bosch penalty and Grant Williams’ try put Sharks ahead but the boot of Ramos and Juan Cruz Mallia’s burst into the corner gave Toulouse a 14-10 interval lead.

Ramos converted his own try after racing over from Antoine Dupont’s pass but Sharks hit back when full-back Boeta Chamberlain broke through and Bosch added the extras.

Mallia scorched over for his second try and Sharks’ hopes were dented when Williams’ try was disallowed for a forward pass just as Bosch was about to take the conversion.

Bosch did reduce the arrears with a penalty but Toulouse went on the rampage in the final quarter with tries for Ramos, Peato Mauvaka, Arthur Retiere and Romain Ntamack.


Toulouse will travel to Dublin to play Leinster in the semi-final later this month.


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