Toulouse skipper Dusautoir wants Munster revenge

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:33
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REACTION: Toulouse captain Thierry Dusautoir will be on a personal as well as professional revenge mission when the French giants face Munster for a place in the European Champions Cup semifinals.

The four-time winners squeezed into the last eight on Sunday with a 19-10 victory against Connacht, shattering the Irish team's dreams of making the quarterfinals for the first time.

But the win was only enough to guarantee qualification as a best runner-up, sending Toulouse to Thomond Park in Limerick to face Munster, the 2006 and 2008 champions.

It will be a painful visit for the 35-year-old Dusautoir, who played for Biarritz in the 2006 Final and then Toulouse when the Irish got the better of him again in the championship match two years later.

"Munster is the heart of Irish rugby with its fervour," said Dusautoir.

"I grew up playing against Munster, I lost two European Cup finals against them with [Anthony] Foley, [Ronan] O'Gara.

"It's a long road in the tournament before we can think about rejoicing but the European Cup has shown that we can compete against the finest teams."

Toulouse ended Pool Two action on 18 points, the same as Connacht, to make the last eight for the first time in three years.
But it was a close call with the French club going through courtesy of a better head-to-head record against their Irish opponents.

Agence France-Presse

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