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Heineken Cup semi-finals 2008
26-27 April, 2008



Topsey Ojo
Winger Topsy Ojo scored a fine individual try for London Irish

London Irish coach Brian Smith criticised referee Alan Lewis following his side's Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Toulouse at Twickenham.

"Sometimes the match officials get caught up in the game a little and pay Toulouse a lot more respect than they pay other teams," Smith told BBC Sport.

"We outplayed the best team in Europe, it's just disappointing a few little things cost us today.

"We've been outstanding and it's a very good side that's maturing very well."

We had them on the rack and it's shame we didn't finish them off because we created some really nice stuff

London Irish coach Brian Smith

Smith, whose side went down 21-15, also could not resist a dig at his French opponents, who had made much of their injury list in the lead-up to the match.

Toulouse were without Vincent Clerc, Clément Poitrenaud, Florian Fritz, Maleli Kunavore and Jean-Baptiste Poux, while Thierry Dusautoir started on the bench following the recent death of his father.

However, Smith, who was without Mike Catt and Clarke Dermody among others, said: "There was all this carry on this week about their injury list but we had an injury list seven-long and no-one wanted to talk about that this week.

"We're very proud of the team's performance, the boys played their hearts out today and if we'd got the bounce of the ball here or there, we're in the Heineken Cup final.

"They got those two tries at the end of the first half which obviously cost us, but we scored some brilliant tries and we out-Touloused Toulouse.

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"We went at them from the first minute, nailed our colours to the mast, scored a brilliant try first and scored another brilliant try straight after half-time.

"We had them on the rack and it's shame we didn't finish them off because we created some really nice stuff."

But Smith added: "[Toulouse lock] Patricio Albacete was off his feet and in from the side all day and that didn't get refereed. The tackle area had to be cleared up."


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