Toulon's European dominance comes to end

The three in a row champions were dethroned by Racing Metro today

Toulon's European dominance comes to end

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Toulon's three year reign of Europe has ended following defeat against Top 14 rivals Racing Metro in Paris this afternoon.

A late penalty from French internaitonal Maxime Machenaud was enough to secure Racing's passage through to the semi-finals.

The home side got off to a rapid start, with a Juan Imhoff try and Dan Carter penalty giving Racing a 10-0 lead inside four minutes before the champions responded with a try of their own soon after through flanker Charles Ollivon. 

It was furious start to the game but we were left waiting for the next score when Jonathan Pelisse kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to leave it all square at the break.

Machenaud took over kicking duties following an injury to Carter and the sides exchanged two penalties apiece to leave the scores at 16-16 until the 78th minute, when the scrumhalf stepped up to send the Parisians through. 

In the day's other quarter final, Leicester romped home against Stade Francais 41-13 as they ran in six tries at Welford Road. 

Manu Tuilagi, Niki Goneva (2), Freddie Burns, Mike Fitzgerald and Telusa Veainu  all touched down for the Tigers as they set up a semi final date with Racing Metro.