Heineken Champions Cup Toulouse semi-final: ‘as big it gets’ – Leinster’s Lowe

James Lowe on the charge in Saturday's victory over Leicester
James Lowe leads the charge during Saturday's win over Leicester
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 14th May Kick-off: 15:00 BST
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James Lowe, Leinster wing, said they were determined to match Toulouse’s five titles in Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final against holders.

Four-time champions are just one shy of the French team's total going into the Aviva Stadium match.

Lowe said, “I think that this is as important as it gets. To win this title.

“They have five stars on their chest, and that's something they've been working towards for years.”

After being treated for head injuries in the quarter-final win against Leicester at Welford Road, Cian Healy (Leinster prop) and Jimmy O'Brien (wing), both are doubtful for this game.

They will be following the return-to play protocols. Lock James Ryan (concussion), and hooker Ronan Kelleher(shoulder) were passed fit. Number eight Max Deegan (shoulder), could also be available once they return to training.

Toulouse reached the semi-finals following a victory over Munster in a dramatic penalty shootout held in Dublin on Saturday.

Delight for Pierre Fouyssac after Toulouse beat Munster in the Dublin shootout
After Toulouse beat Munster in Dublin, Pierre Fouyssac was delighted

Lowe is happy that he will be one of the penalty takers for the Top 14 champions in case another shootout is necessary to determine the victor.

“They are a championship team, that's for certain. They are the current champions, double champions, and they play beautiful rugby,” said the Irish international.

“On top all of that, we know that if we get our stuff right, and limit their opportunities, then we can go far.”

“I'm confident that our home fans will be there in great numbers. Dublin will certainly turn it on. We are confident that we can put forth a good clinical performance.

“Toulouse is home to many outstanding people that we must be alert for. That's the essence of the game. You are into knockout football. It's great to be at home, and we hope to get a sold out crowd.

“Yeah, sure, I'll put my hand up in shootout – I know that the drama is incredible for spectators but I was shocked to hear that the game ran to 100 minutes. I would not want to play for 100 minutes. 80 minutes is enough.

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