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May 19, 2023

Toulon 43 - 19 Glasgow Warriors

European Challenge Cup match played at Aviva Stadium on Friday May 19th 2023 | No comments

Glasgow skipper Kyle Steyn says his side "were too soft"
Glasgow Warriors came up short in their pursuit of a first European trophy as they lost out to Toulon in this evening's Challenge Cup final in Dublin.

Baptiste Serin (2), Sergio Parisse, Jiuta Wainiqolo, Waisea Nayacalevu and Ihaia West crossed for Toulon while Serin and Benoit Paillaugue added the extras.

Kyle Steyn (2) and Sebastian Cancelliere were Glasgow's try scorers on a disappointing night for Franco Smith's men as they came off second best in the game.

Glasgow skipper Steyn admits the "disappointing" 43-19 loss to Toulon in the Challenge Cup final is a tricky one to process.

Steyn himself scored a double to add to Sebastian Cancelliere's try, but it was not enough to beat the French side.

The final loss comes soon after Glasgow bowed out of the United Rugby Championship at the quarter-final stage after going down to Munster.

Steyn was frustrated with the defeat and in particular how the side did not learn well enough from their Munster loss.

"It's disappointing and a pretty tough one to process," Steyn said.

"We weren't where we needed to be in the first 20 minutes, but credit to Toulon - we were too soft.

"To come this far, and progress the way we have, and then to come unstuck in two play-off games will take some time to get over.

"We had enough belief that we could get this done. I thought there were lessons we could have learned against Munster that would have put us in a position to win this, but we didn't react enough to them.

"I'm proud of the way the boys kept on fighting. We created chances, but in play-off rugby you have to take your chances.

"At the start of the season we said we wanted to play rugby in a way that inspired people to follow us and support us and with the number of people following us in Dublin it felt as though we had done that to some degree."

Referee Wayne Barnes (England)
Jamie Bhatti
Fraser Brown
Zander Fagerson
JP du Preez
Scott Cummings
Matt Fagerson
Sione Vailanu
Jack Dempsey
George Horne
Domingo Miotti
Kyle Steyn
Sione Tuipulotu
Huw Jones
Sebastian Cancelliere
Ollie Smith
Johnny Matthews
Nathan McBeth
Simon Berghan
Richie Gray
Lewis Bean
Rory Darge
Ali Price
Stafford McDowall
Match Substitutions
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Jamie Bhatti Nathan McBeth
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Zander Fagerson Simon Berghan
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Fraser Brown Johnny Matthews
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Sione Vailanu Rory Darge
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Domingo Miotti Stafford McDowall
Off On
Sebastian Cancelliere Ali Price
Off On
Scott Cummings Richie Gray
Off On
JP du Preez Lewis Bean
Kyle Steyn Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for May 2023)
George Horne Conversion
Sebastian Cancelliere Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for May 2023)
Kyle Steyn Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for May 2023)
George Horne Conversion