With the group stage dates now decided for the 2023/24 Champions Cup, we look back on four previous meetings between Ulster Rugby and Stade Toulousain, who meet for the 14th time in the competition in Round 3 at Kingspan Stadium, with both sides taking won six matches.
1998/99 Quarter-finals: Ulster Rugby 15 Stade Toulousain 13
Winners of the inaugural tournament, Toulouse was one of Ulster’s casualties en route to their only title in 1999, with the Irish province recording a stirring home win to book their place in the Heineken Cup semi-finals for the first time.
With the clubs’ third meeting of the campaign played in front of a sellout crowd of 11,500 after one win apiece in the group stage, Ulster took a 9–0 half-time lead and then had to endure a strong response. of Toulouse before enduring. for a famous hit.
For Ulster, Simon Mason hit three penalties and David Humphreys kicked two drop-goals, while Toulouse scored the only try of the match through Fabien Pelous, which was converted by Stephane Ougier. Yann Delaigue added two penalties for the visitors.
Quarter-finals 2019/20: Stade Toulousain 36 Ulster Rugby 8
The clubs did not meet again in the knockout stage until 2020 and it was a very different result at the Stade Ernest Wallon, where two first-half tries from Toulouse wing Cheslin Kolbe helped the French side to a dominating victory.
The South African international was at his best in the first period, before Antoine Dupont, Pita Ahki and Thomas Ramos, in the second half, tried further and secured Toulouse’s place in the quarter-finals of the elite club competition. from EPCR.
Ramos also kicked four conversions and a penalty for a total of 16 points in the match, double Ulster’s total, which came from John Cooney who hit a first-half penalty and scored a second-half try.
2021/22 Round of 16 First Leg: Stade Toulousain 20 Ulster Rugby 26
Robert Baloucoune scored a hat-trick of tries to put Ulster in the driving seat for a place in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final as they famously pulled off a famous away win over the defending champions at Le Stadium.
Toulouse played 70 minutes with 14 men after Juan Cruz Mallia’s red card for taking Ben Moxham up into the air, but still turned around 13-7 ahead, with Thomas Ramos kicking two penalties after Baloucoune canceled out a early attempt by Emmanuel Meafou.
However, Ulster brought their extra man notice after the break, Baloucoune scoring two more tries and Andy Warwick one with John Cooney taking his conversion tally to three, before Romain Ntamack scored late and Ramos’s second conversion cut the deficit. for the second leg to only six points
2021/22 Round of 16 Second Leg: Ulster Rugby 23 Stade Toulousain 30
Toulouse reached the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final in exciting style at the Kingspan Stadium, where a late Antoine Dupont try converted by Thomas Ramos saw them beat Ulster 50-49 on aggregate.
The Irish province led for much of the match against the reigning champions thanks to Ethan McIlroy’s three-pointer, with John Cooney’s 13 points off his right boot putting them within sight of the last eight.
However, tries from Ramos and Romain Ntamack kept Toulouse in touch, before Tom O’Toole was sent off for Ulster and Dupont capitalized in the 75th minute. Ramos added the conversion to bring his game tally to 20 points and send your team to the next round.