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Toulouse's French lock Thibaud Flament (2nd R) is congratulated after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup round of 16 rugby union match between Stade Toulousain Rugby (Toulouse) and Bulls (Pretoria) at the Ernest-Wallon Stadium in Toulouse, southwestern France, on April 2, 2023. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Toulouse turned on the style in the second half to beat Bulls 33-9 and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup.


Tries from Emmanuel Meafou, Matthis Lebel and Thibaud Flament, all after the break and all converted by Thomas Ramos, took the game away from the South Africans after a cagey first half.

The hosts led 12-6 at the break, with all the points coming from the boots of Ramos and Chris Smith in a battle of penalties, but it was a different story in the second half as Toulouse’s dominance showed.

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Meafou got the first in the 51st minute as Toulouse cashed in on a penalty with some quick movement, and Bulls had little opportunity to recover before Lebel got the second, set up by Antoine Dupont off a scrum.

Dupont was involved again for the third, kicking the ball over for Flament to finish.


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