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Sunday Jun 3, 2012

Vincent Clerc's incredible try saving tackle on Max Evans

Toulouse are through to the French Top 14 final after they beat Castres 24-15 in their semi final meeting last night. Shortly before half time Castres came close to crossing the whitewash, but were held up short by a fantastic try-saving tackle.

Toulouse were reduced to 13 men as they went into the halftime break having lost two to the sin bin. Florian Fritz was the first after a meaty high tackle on winger Marc Andreu.

A few minutes later Castres produced a flowing counter attack from deep within their own half which looked as though it was going to result in a brilliant try for Scotland back Max Evans, but he was denied by a fantastic chase and tackle from Vincent Clerc.

The try was prevented, but unfortunately for Toulouse wing Timoci Matanavou was yellow carded for a professional foul after he came in from the wrong side and picked up the ball.

He didn’t have much option, and the look of bemusement was clear for all to see. The only guy more shocked by what happened would have been Evans, as a few inches were the only difference between a tryless night for his team, and a try of the season contender.

Second semi final

Earlier today Toulon booked their place in the final as a late Jonny Wilkinson penalty sunk Clermont 15-12. Toulouse and Toulon will clash in the final at the Stade de France on Saturday, 9 June.

It’s been one of those action-packed weekends, so there are bound to be many requests for clips so please be patient as we do what we can to post the best stuff over the next few days. Thanks

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