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."