Toulouse too strong for Leicester
October 14, 2012
Toulouse's Cencus Johnston tackles Leicester's Logovi'i Mulipola during their clash at Le Stadium
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Toulouse laid down an impressive Heineken Cup marker with a dominant 23-9 victory over Leicester on Sunday.
Rising star Gael Fickou, who is just 18-years-old, notched the only try of the game with a superb individual effort just before the break to give Toulouse the lead for the first time and they never looked back.
Leicester fly-half Toby Flood had given the visitors an early lead but they were eventually made to pay for a series of errors by Toulouse playmaker Luke McAlister who finished the game with six penalties to his name.
Leicester started strongly and could have gone ahead after seven minutes through Flood - but he was thwarted by fullback Clement Poitrenaud in the corner. However, the England international did kick his side into the lead after Louis Picamoles was penalised at the breakdown, before McAlister levelled after Dan Cole gave away a penalty.
Flood put his side back in front, but the fly-half would give away a penalty from which McAlilster put his side on level terms for the second time.
Toulouse were down to 14 men after 28 minutes when Gurthro Steenkamp was sent to the sin-bin by referee Nigel Owens for a trip on Tigers fullback Scott Hamilton and the visitors took advantage as Flood converted another penalty.
But the game would swing significantly three minutes before the break when Fickou pounced on wild pass from Leicester wing Niki Goneva. The teenage sensation then chipped through the Tigers' defence before collecting his own kick and accelerating away from centre Anthony Allen to the line.
Three more points from the boot of McAlister at the start of the second half extended their lead before Ben Youngs gave up a golden opportunity to get his side back into the game by opting for a quick tap rather than taking the relatively simple three points on offer after Toulouse were penalised in front of their posts.
The move broke down, Toulouse cleared their lines and two minutes later McAlister hammered over another long range penalty after Tom Youngs had been penalised.
Another penalty soon after, this time for a deliberate knock-on in front of his own posts by Allen, gave McAlister another three easy points and the game had slipped away from the English side.
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