It will be an all French final for the second  time after Toulouse reached their fourth Heineken Cup final with a clinical demolition of Leicester Tigers.

Last season’s runners-up ran in three tries to the Tigers’ lone score, to stay on course for a record third win the tenth anniversary of the World’s greatest club rugby tournament.

Having seen Stade Francais Paris pip Biarritz Olympique in the ninth minute of injury time at Parc des Princs the previous day, Toulouse set up an all-French affair in Edinburgh on Sunday, 22 May, with a brilliant display at a packed Walkers Stadium.

It took the French side a mere two minutes to notch their first try when Finau Maka romped over wide out. Jean Baptiste Ellissalde added the conversion and Toulouse were on their way.

To their credit, Leicester battled back and were only a point adrift at half time after Andy Goode had kicked three penalties to one by Ellissalde.

The Tigers lost Lions prop Graham Rowntree after 20 minutes and were then forced to play the whole of the second half without another New Zealand bound England international, Lewis Moody.

If there had been signs of a Leicester revival in the second quarter, then their hopes nose-dived ten minutes on the second half when some brilliant counter attacking from Clement Poitrenaud launched a counter-attack with ended with Ellissalde crossing at the posts for a try that he also converted. 

Goode and Ellissalde then swapped penalties before Gareth Thomas and Isitolo Maka combined to send acting captain Frederic Michalak over for a third try. His half back partner Ellissalde converted.

That was game, set, and match for Toulouse. And replacement wing Tom Varndell scored an injury time try, converted by Goode, was mere consolation for the Tigers and their shattered fans.