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Report | Tigers out of Europe in semi-finals

Leicester Tigers’ campaign in the European Challenge Cup ended in the semi-finals with a 34-19 defeat against RC Toulon on Saturday evening.

Kicking-off at 9.00pm local time at the Stade Felix Mayol, on a cool and blustery evening on the French south coast, Tigers took an immediate lead with a George Ford penalty, but then conceded two tries as Toulon led 20-6 after half an hour.

A response before half-time was vital and it came from Nemani Nadolo, scoring his first try for the club as Tigers trailed 20-11.

Toulon, who had reached the knockout stages as top seeds and went into the semi-final as the only unbeaten team in the tournament, claimed two more scores in the second period.

But Tigers had their own high points with Harry Potter scoring on his European debut and Ellis Genge being denied a fine late try by TMO replays.

So it is Toulon who go into the final, against Bristol Bears who had beaten Bordeaux-Bègles in the last four on Friday evening.

Nadolo, making a first return to France since his switch to Tigers from Montpellier, was among four members of the Tigers backline making a European debut for the club – alongside Kini Murimurivalu, Matt Scott and Harry Potter – while Hanro Liebenberg also had his first outing in the tournament.

After Toulon kicked off into the wind, Tigers put points on the board with just three minutes gone, Ford kicking from 40 metres after Ellis Genge’s carry on halfway led to the infringement.

Murimurivalu showed his strength at full-back as he fielded an awkward bouncing ball on the touchline and still managed to safely recycle for Ford to clear.

But when Toulon won turnover ball on halfway, they released Bryce Heem who ran clear to score on the left and the conversion from Louis Carbonel made it 7-3.

Tigers won scrum ball from the restart and gave Nadolo the chance to carry in midfield, but then lost ball out wide 20 metres out.

Nadolo was then unlucky as he read a pass out wide in the Toulon backline to get to the ball first but couldn’t keep hold as he stretched to reel it in.

Fellow Fiji international Murimurivalu showed great anticipation again as Carbonel chipped ball dangerously down the Toulon right and he arrived first just metres in front of his own tryline.

Tigers, though, failed to exit fully and were penalised in the tackle zone, allowing Carbonel to kick and make it 10-3 on 20 minutes.

Genge provided momentum with a strong leg drive in possession in the Toulon half and Jaco Taute carried out wide before ball was lost and, although Matt Scott cleared up in defence, another turnover proved costly as the hosts swiftly moved play to the left and Gabin Villière beat the defence to score. Carbonel added his second conversion as the lead reached 17-3 on 24 minutes.

Nadolo and Taute took play on from strong work up front at the restart and, when the whistle went for offside on the edge of their 22, Ford cut three points off the deficit.

Some strong work in defence frustrated the home crowd before Carbonel replied with a penalty to make it 20-6 on 35 minutes.

Neither side had been able to play through phases until Tigers topped double figures in attack, with Scott making inroads and the forwards carrying strongly as Ford prompted from fly-half until eventually there was space for Nadolo to dive in on the left just moments before half-time.

The Tigers made a bright start to the second period too, Hanro Liebenberg and Harry Potter taking play up into the opposition 22 and then a big shove from the forwards earning a scrum penalty 35 metres out. Ford kicked to cut the gap to six points.

Tidy work on the right touchline from Scott and Murimurivalu threatened the Toulon defence, then Genge made one of his charges as they stayed pinned back until a penalty award came Tigers’ way. But the chance was lost as Tigers tried to play into the corner and instead, successive penalties went in Toulon’s favour and play reverted 80 metres upfield.

Openside flanker Raphael Lakafia was held up over the tryline by Nadolo, but play stayed in the corner and, when the whistle blew again, referee Adamson spoke to Tigers skipper Tom Youngs. Next time, though, Tommy Reffell swooped over ball on the floor and was rewarded with a penalty verdict which Ford booted back up to halfway.

Ford was then back in defence as he had to chase ball hacked forward in broken play and also make a tackle on wing Villière as he closed in on the tryline. But the whistle went against Tigers at the breakdown just as they looked to have won ball, and Toulon stayed camped five metres out until finally finding space on the right for Facundo Isa to score their third try. Carbonel added the kick to make it 27-14.

Tigers were quickly back upfield, though, only to be penalised as a scrum hit the floor just 10 metres from the tryline. Then, as play broke at halfway, Tomas Lavanini was sin-binned for a late hit on Carbonel as the game approached its final quarter.

The killer blow came as Toulon attacked in broken field and, with Tigers still working hard but eventually stretched in defence, Villière claimed his second try. The conversion pushed them 34-14 in front.

Potter’s attack down the right was ended by a high tackle and Ford prodded play towards the corner, but Toulon’s lineout blocked out progress despite Harry Wells making the catch.

Another penalty went against the French in defence and, this time, after a promising driving maul approached the tryline, Sergio Parisse was yellow-carded for the collapse.

Still Tigers retained possession, with Scott held up over the tryline, until getting some reward when Potter finished on the right after the forwards had kept ball tight and pushed Toulon back.

Genge then appeared to have scored with a fine finish on the right after more good work from Ford and Potter. But, with Ford preparing for the conversion, the referee brought play back to check replays and his verdict was a forward pass in the build-up.

Nadolo had another chance in the same corner as the clock ticked up to 80 minutes, but after almost reaching the line, ball was knocked loose and the referee called a finish to the game.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

TOU 20-11 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

TOU 34-19 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Mike Adamson

Match Stats

RC Toulon
Leicester Tigers
Possession
44%
56%
Territory
44%
56%
Penalties Conceded
12
9
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
140/158 89%
89/103 86%
Scrums Won
5/7 71%
6/7 86%
Lineouts Won
6/9 67%
8/9 89%

Player Stats

RC Toulon
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Kini Murimurivalu
14Harry Potter1T
13Jaco Taute
12Matt Scott
11Nemani Nadolo1T
10George Ford3P
9Ben Youngs
1Ellis Genge
2Tom Youngs
3Dan Cole
4Tomas Lavanini
5Calum Green
6Harry Wells
7Tommy Reffell
8Hanro Liebenberg
16Charlie Clare
17Facundo Gigena
18Nephi Leatigaga
19Thom Smith
20Luke Wallace
21Ben White
22Zack Henry
23Dan Kelly
RC Toulon
RC Toulon
34

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
19
RC Toulon
T
C
P
T
C
P
T
C
T
C
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
P
T
P
T

Commentary

80

#TIGERSATHOME

Thank you for your support from your sofas this evening, as Tigers' European journey comes to an agonising end.

The men in green, white and red are back in action this Wednesday (September 30, 5.30pm) for a Gallagher Premiership match at Bristol Bears, which you can follow right here on Matchday Live.

Until then, goodbye.

FULL TIME | 34-19

Tigers are undone in the south of France as they reach the end of the road in the European Challenge Cup.

79

LATE SURGE

Harry Wells breaks through and makes a superb offload to Ford, but it ultimately comes to nothing, and that's the game.

GIGENA FOR GENGE

Facundo Gigena gets on for the final 60 seconds of this match.

78

FORWARD PASS!

Agonising stuff. Ellis Genge breaks through on the right and beats one man and then another on his way over the whitewash.

But replays show Ford's pass in the build-up crept forward - not by much - and the score is ruled out. Bugger.

76

WALLACE LOCKS ON

Toulon come away from their scrum with the ball, but they don't have it for long - as Luke Wallace latches on and brings the ball back for his side.

TIGERS CHANGE

Thom Smith packs down in the second row as he replaces Calum Green.

75

CONVERSION MISSED

The conversion attempt, though, goes awry and Tigers trail by 34 points to 19.

POTTER SCORES | 34-19

Leatigaga wins the hard yards up to the try line, but it's Harry Potter who twists himself over the whitewash for the score.

72

HELD UP!

Zack Henry's dancing feet combined with Matt Scott's bulk push Tigers up and over the line, but the inside centre is held up on top of a couple of red bodies, so we'll have a five-metre scrum.

14 ON 14

Sergio Parisse is shown a yellow card for collapsing a maul on his own line, and both teams are down to 14 men.

70

...NOT QUITE

Ben White attempts the quick tap as Tigers draw a penalty, but referee Adamson brings play back and instead Ford goes to the corner.

ORY FOR OLLIVON

Julien Ory takes the place of Charles Ollivon in the home back row.

68

BIG HIT!

Harry Potter takes a big hit - possibly high - from the Toulon defence, but he holds on to the ball to put Tigers into a nice position in the right-hand corner.

TWO TIGERS CHANGES

Luke Wallace and Zack Henry are on to the field.

CONVERSION ADDED | 34-14

Carbonel adds two more points with a successful conversion.

FOURTH SCORE | 32-14

Toulon swarm in the Tigers 22, and after winning penalty advantage they put Villiere in for his second score of the night.

CHANGE AT HOOKER

Charlie Clare is on for club captain Tom Youngs.

YELLOW CARD | TOMAS LAVANINI

The penalties are mounting up for Tigers - this time for a late tackle - and it's Argentina international Lavanini who is shown a yellow card.

SCRUM HALF CHANGE

Ben for Ben - White for Youngs - in the Leicester half-backs.

62

SCRUM PENALTY

...but it's the men in red who will celebrate that scrum, as Genge is picked out by referee Adamson for hinging on the far side. Tough call.

61

ON THE LINE

Tigers have great territory for said scrum after a decent restart draws a handling error in the Toulon backfield. Nadolo looks primed and ready to strike from the back...

TWO CHANGES

Bastien Soury and Emerick Setiano are both into the Toulon front row, and they'll be into the action immediately with a scrum.

TWO MORE POINTS | 27-14

Carbonel adds the extras from the tee to put the hosts further ahead.

ISA OVER | 25-14

Tigers defend well at close quarters, but Toulon work the overlap to put Facundo Isa over on the fringe.

LEATIGAGA ON

Nephi Leatigaga takes the place of Dan Cole at tighthead for Tigers.

56

TEMPERS FLARING

There's ruck met with counter-ruck, and neither side look happy with the referee's decision. Basically, Toulon are in the same position they had two minutes ago. Nervy times.

TOULON REPLACEMENT

Facundo Isa replaces Raphael Lakafia for Toulon.

55

FIVE-METRE LINEOUT

Toulon have a throw on Tigers five-metre line after a tehcnical offence at the breakdown.

54

LOST BALL

Unlucky for Ellis Genge, who loses the ball in a typically rambunctious run into the guts of the opposition, and Toulon hack through.

Ford chases back to dot down behind his own tryline, and we'll have a quick break for a tretament to a couple of players ebfore play restarts with a 22 drop-out.

TOULON CHANGE

Brian Alainu’uese joins the fray for Toulon.

52

BIG STEAL!

...but Tommy Reffell is the hero of the moment when he wins a crucial turnover on his own line and Ford can kick clear. And breathe.

51

MAUL SCRAGGED

Tigers are given a warning for their part in sacking a maul on their five-metre line, and Toulon will go again...

50

DEFENSIVE INTERVENTION

Raphael Lakafia breaks out the back of a Toulon lineout and even beats Nadolo as last man - but the wing makes up for his missed tackle to hold the back-rower up over the line. No score.

48

KICKING ERROR

...which might go some way to explaining the missed kick to the corner, which gifts possession abck to the hosts on the edge of their 22. Ouch.

47

PENALTY ADVANTAGE

The Tigers push is halted after the Toulon penalties start to mount up, and Adamson brings play back for the original offence ... but Ford wanted more. He slaps the ground in frustration.

46

CHARGE DOWN!

Lavanini gets a hand to a Takulua box kick to shift momentum in Tigers' favour, and Scott breaks down the right to give the visitors some great ground.

PROP SWAP

Sebastien Taofifenua is on at loosehead for the hosts in place of Jean-Baptiste Gros.

TIGERS PENALTY | 20-14

Ford's kick is straight and true and closes the margin to six points.

43

PENALTY!

The Tigers pack win the penalty, though, and Ford fancies his chances of some early points in this second period.

42

DELIBERATE KNOCK ON?

Tom Youngs asks referee Adamson about a possible knock on in the tackle from Toulon ... but he says there's nothing to answer. Scrum down.

41

STERN STUFF

Great energy from Tigers at the start of this second half, with Harry Wells leading the charge up to Toulon.

SECOND HALF IS GO!

Here. We. GO! 40 minutes left for Tigers to fight their way into a European final.

HALF TIME | 20-11

Tigers trail at the break in their Challenge Cup semi-final at European heavyweights Toulon.

39

MARK CALLED

Ford sends a rifled kick down to Ikpefan, who returns in kind, and the Tigers fly-half calls for the mark as the clock ticks into the red. He kicks to touch and that's the half.

38

MISSED KICK

A crucial try from Nadolo, but the touchline kick from Ford isn't quite on target so it'll stay a five-point score.

DEBUT SCORE! | 20-11

Nadolo gets on the end of a nicely-weighted pass and dives over for his first Tigers score. Lovely stuff.

35

SUSTAINED PRESSURE

Tigers stitch some phases together through Calum Green and then Harry Wells, and they draw the penalty which scrum-half Youngs taps-and-goes quickly. Up to the five-metre line...

FOUR FROM FOUR | 20-6

Carbonel adds another penalty goal and Toulon lead by 20 points to six.

32

SURGE FORWARD

Toulon pull in their heavy runners to set Leicester alarm bells ringing once more, but as they start to make diminishing returns Carbonel goes for the drop-goal ... and it's short and to the left.

We'll come back for a penalty from the last scrum, and the French fly-half points to the posts.

30

POTTER STANDS STRONG

Toulon go for the left again with another strike move, but Potter stands his ground and gets his man down. Magic.

(Sorry.)

28

PLAY BROUGHT BACK

...but the kick to Toulon is too much and it rolls end-over-end - almost in slow motion - over the dead ball line. Ouch.

27

POPPING UP

Not sure what's coming up quicker - the home front row at scrum-time or the Toulon turf.

But, after a reset, Tigers get the ball out the back and Ford looks for territory.

26

LOST FORWARD

Heem once again breaks through down the left, but the ball is dislodged in the tackle to give Tigers some respite. Youngs will have the put in at the scrum.

TIGERS POINTS | 17-6

An important penalty from George Ford adds three points to Tigers' tally.

22

STRIKE RUNNER

Ben Youngs feeds into the scrum, which Hanro Liebenberg can gather from No8, and then it's big man Nadolo who runs a hardline in midfield to try and break through the red line.

It's not a clean break, but Tigers have a shot at goal...

EXTRAS ADDED | 17-3

Carbonel keeps the scoreboard ticking over with two more points for Toulon.

VILLIERE DIVES IN | 15-3

Matt Scott covers a first thrust from Toulon, but the French side destroy the ruck and get Gabin Villiere over on the left.

TOULON PENALTY | 10-3

...and it's through. Carbonel adds three from the tee to give Toulon a seven-point lead.

17

POINT TO POSTS

...but the home side will have a chance to extend their lead after winning a shot at goal just a couple of phases later. Carbonel steps up to the tee...

16

KINI SAVES THE DAY

Almost - almost - brilliant from Carbonel, who folds back down the blindside of the scrum, chips over the head of Tomás Lavanini and looks to be in for a second score, but Murimurivalu gets there in the nick of time to gobble up possession. Phew.

14

FRENCH FLAIR

Takulua goes quickly off the back of another competitive shove, and he draws in full-back Daniel Ikpefan at full speed down the middle of the pitch - but he can't find a way through the green, white and red line.

Instead, they attempt the kick pass to the right where Nemani Nadolo lies in wait to disrupt possession and win Tigers another scrum.

11

WIDE CHANNELS

Tigers get the ball out to the right where Ford is waiting to draw in Harry Potter, but the home side intercept the final pass and Sonatane Takulua box kicks the ball down field.

10

TIGERS TURNOVER

A good restart from Tigers sees Tom Youngs face up to France captain Charles Ollivon, and the visitors win a scrum on the edge of Toulon's 22.

CARBONEL CONVERTS | 7-3

Fly-half Carbonel makes it a seven-point score with a successful conversion.

HEEM GALLOPS IN | 5-3

Toulon have the first try of the match as Bryce Heem breaks the tackle and gallops down the touchline.

6

KINI CLEARS UP

Toulon press up to the Tigers 22 and poke a cheeky chip over the top of the Leicester line, but Kini Murimurivalu is there at the back to gather the bouncing ball and kick clear.

5

FREE KICK!

...and the visitors draw the free kick for an early engagement as the pitch starts to cut up already. Ford kicks downfield, but the ball is out on the full and Toulon are back in Tigers territory.

4

FIRST SCRUM

A big, powerful shove from the Tigers pack at our first scrum, and referee Mike Adamson calls for a reset of the Toulon feed. Neat.

TIGERS OPEN THE SCORE| 0-3

George Ford splits the uprights with an early shot at goal to give Tigers a three-point lead. Great start.

1

EARLY PENALTY

Ben Youngs feeds new father Ellis Genge off the back of the first lineout, and the Baby Rhino - make that Daddy Rhino - wins an early shot at goal for Tigers. Nice.

KICK OFF IN TOULON

Louis Carbonel hoists the ball into the air and we're underway in the south of France.

-1

ON TO THE FIELD

Tom Youngs leads his Tigers team on to the Toulon turf.

Almost time for the European Challenge Cup semi-final.

-1

ONE MINUTE TO GO | FINAL TEAM CHECKS

Just a few moments to go until we’re underway at the Stade Félix Mayol, and let me tell you the atmosphere in this Matchday Live commentator's living room is ELECTRIC.

Are you ready, #TigersFamily?

Leicester Tigers: 15 Murimurivalu, 14 Potter, 13 Taute, 12 Scott, 11 Nadolo, 10 Ford, 9 B Youngs; 1 Genge, 2 T Youngs (c), 3 Cole, 4 Lavanini, 5 Green, 6 Wells, 7 Reffell, 8 Liebenberg.

Replacements: 16 Clare, 17 Gigena, 18 Leatigaga, 19 Smith, 20 Wallace, 21 White, 22 Henry, 23 Kelly.

RC Toulon: 15 Ikpefan, 14 Dakuwaqa, 13 Heem, 12 Paia’aua, 11 Villiere, 10 Carbonel, 9 Takulua; 1 Gros, 2 Etrillard, 3 Gigashvili, 4 Rebbadj, 5 R Taofifenua, 6 Ollivon, 7 Lakafia, 8 Parisse.

Replacements: 16 Soury, 17 S Taofifenua, 18 Setiano, 19 Dridi, 20 Alainu’uese, 21 Ory, 22 Meric, 23 Isa.

-15

TEAM TALK | UNDERDOGS TRAVEL TO FRANCE

All the focus will be on European heavyweights Toulon in this evening’s semi-final, according to Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick.

“Outside of this squad, nobody gives us a chance in this game,” he told LTTV. “But what I see is a squad of young men who are determined to do well.

“These players are committed to Leicester Tigers and they’re determined to make Leicester Tigers successful again.

“We’ve got a great blend of experienced players who have experienced European rugby and those who have recently been playing in France, and we’ve also got some exciting young players who have come through the Leicester Tigers Academy.

“Toulon, as we know, are a famous club with a rich history. They’re a team that has undergone a bit of change, but they’re still full of big name international players and I think everyone is excited about taking on this challenge.

“It’s our next game, so it’s our most important game.”

-20

CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS | TIGERS TRIO RETURN

Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick has made two changes to the matchday squad for this evening’s Cup tie.

The Tigers starting line-up has one change, with Kini Murimurivalu shifting from the wing to full-back and Harry Potter included on one wing with Nemani Nadolo on the other.

On the bench, Thom Smith replaces Jordan Taufua, who is unavailable after knee surgery this week and Dan Kelly is included as one of the replacement backs.

Ellis Genge, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole form a familiar all-international front row ahead of locks Tomás Lavanini and Calum Green. Hanro Liebenberg packs down at No8 with Harry Wells and Tommy Reffell on the flanks.

George Ford makes his first appearance in three weeks after sitting out Tigers’ last two games, and is paired in the half-backs with Ben Youngs while Jaco Taute returns to the midfield alongside Scotland international Matt Scott.

Zack Henry wears No22 after impressing against Northampton, while Charlie Clare, Facundo Gigena and Nephi Leatigaga offer some heavy-duty front-row cover among the replacements.

See the full match line-ups by clicking here.
 

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EURO PREVIEW | INTO THE FINAL FOUR

Tigers take on European heavyweights Toulon for a place in the European Challenge Cup Final this evening.

Hosts RC Toulon are the only unbeaten team in the tournament, having qualified from the pool stage as top seeds with six wins out of six, and beat the Scarlets in the quarter-finals last weekend at the Stade Félix Mayol.

The French outfit feature in the Challenge Cup semi-finals for a third time, having progressed to the Final on both previous appearances, in 2010 and 2012, before making history with a Heineken Cup treble from 2013 to 2015.

The two teams go into Saturday’s second semi-final knowing a final against Bristol Bears awaits, following their extra-time win over Bordeaux-Bègles in the other half of the draw last night.

See all the important facts and stats in our full match preview here.
 

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WELCOME TO MATCHDAY LIVE!

We’re LIVE for Leicester Tigers’ European Challenge Cup semi-final from RC Toulon (8.00pm).

Follow all the action with our Matchday Live coverage, right here on the Tigers App and LeicesterTigers.com.
 

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Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Daniel Ikpefan
14
Masivesi Dakuwaqa
13
Bryce Heem
12
Duncan Paia'aua
11
Gabin Villiere
10
Louis Carbonel
9
Sonatane Takulua
1
Jean-Baptiste Gros
2
Anthony Etrillard
3
Beka Gigashvili
4
Swan Rebbadj
5
Romain Taofifenua
6
Charles Ollivon
7
Raphael Lakafia
8
Sergio Parisse

Subs

16
Bastien Soury
17
Sebastien Taofifenua
18
Emerick Setiano
19
Erwan Dridi
20
Brian Alainu'uese
21
Julien Ory
22
Anthony Meric
23
Facundo Isa

Preview | Tigers in Euro semi-final

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Leicester Tigers face Toulon on Saturday evening, playing for the prize of a place in the European Challenge Cup Final in their first season in the competition.

Hosts RC Toulon are the only unbeaten team in the tournament, having qualified from the pool stage as top seeds with six wins out of six, and beat the Scarlets in the quarter-finals last weekend at the Stade Felix Mayol.

The French outfit feature in the Challenge Cup semi-finals for a third time, having progressed to the Final on both previous appearances, in 2010 and 2012, before making history with a Heineken Cup treble from 2013-15.

The two teams go into Saturday’s second semi-final knowing a final against Bristol Bears awaits, following their extra-time win over Bordeaux-Bègles in the other half of the draw on Friday evening.

This weekend represents an eighth semi-final in Europe for Tigers and a first since the Heineken Cup defeat by Racing 92 at Nottingham in 2016.

Leicester and Toulon have met on three previous occasions, with each team winning its home game in the pool stages of 2014/15 – when Owen Williams was the match-winner at Welford Road – while the French side also took the honours in the quarter-final stages in 2013 on the way to their first European title.

Tigers have won just once in France since 2006, when current captain Tom Youngs was among the scorers in a dramatic win in Montpellier during December 2013.

Youngs is among the survivors from previous meetings with Toulon, alongside brother Ben and fly-half George Ford who was part of the matchday squad for the quarter-final trip seven years ago just after his 20th birthday.

In team news announced on Friday, Ben Youngs plays in European competition for a 71st time, which is a figure bettered in the club's history by only Geordan Murphy who made 74 appearances in the European Cup before retirement in 2013.

Now the club’s director of rugby, Murphy said: “Toulon have been a powerhouse in European rugby for a lot of years and have a very proud home record.

“The important part of playing in a semi-final is really to focus on the occasion and not get ahead of yourself. It’s a one-off occasion, it’s one shot at trying to get through.” 

Toulon call Louis Carbonel into their starting line-up after an influential role from the bench in the quarter-final win over the Scarlets last weekend.

Tigers will wear the club’s traditional green, white and red colours on Saturday, with Toulon in all red.

Referee is Mike Adamson from Scotland, who was also scheduled to take charge of the Tigers quarter-final against Castres Olympique last Sunday before the announcement of its cancellation.

If scores are level at the end of 80 minutes, extra-time will be played, with potential for a place-kick competition. For full details, click here.

There is live match coverage on BT Sport, or with BeIn Sport in France. Kick-off is at 8.00pm UK time, 9.00pm in Toulon.

Supporters without a subscription can follow all of the action using the Tigers Matchday Live service on the app and social media channels.

Team news | Tigers to travel to Toulon

Steve Borthwick has made two changes to the Leicester Tigers matchday squad which was prepared for the European Challenge Cup quarter-final ahead of Saturday’s semi-final away to Toulon.

The Tigers starting line-up has one change, with Kini Murimurivalu shifting from the wing to full-back and Harry Potter included on one wing with Nemani Nadolo on the other for the trip to France battle it out for a place in the 2019/20 Challenge Cup Final.

On the bench, Thom Smith replaces Jordan Taufua, who is unavailable after knee surgery this week and Dan Kelly is included as one of the replacement backs.

Ellis Genge, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole make up the front row, with Tomás Lavanini and Calum Green as the locks in the tight five.

Tommy Reffell, who missed the club’s last outing, against Northampton Saints at Welford Road, starts at openside flanker alongside Harry Wells and Hanro Liebenberg in the Leicester back row.

Ben Youngs and George Ford are the half-backs, with the Tigers fly-half to make his first appearance in three weeks after sitting out the last two games with an ankle issue.

Jaco Taute also returns after a spell on the sidelines with a knee complaint, and is at outside centre alongside Matt Scott in the midfield.

Charlie Clare, Facundo Gigena, Nephi Leatigaga are the front-row cover, with back-rowers Luke Wallace and Smith the other forwards on the bench. Ben White, Zack Henry and Kelly are the backs included among the replacements.

Speaking about the matchday squad named, the Tigers head coach said: “We have got a great blend of experienced players.”

“We have got players who have experienced European rugby, we have got players who have recently been playing in France and also some exciting younger players who are products of the Leicester Tigers Academy.”

Discussing the addition of Smith in place of the injured Taufua, he said: “Thom Smith has been excellent from the day I started.”

“In terms of work ethic, I don’t think anybody works harder than him.

“He applies himself to improve every single day and is somebody who brings immense energy to the team.”

And, looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture and the French opponents, Borthwick added: “Toulon are a famous club, rich in history.”

“They’re a team that has undergone a bit of change but they are a team that are still full of international players, big name players and I think everyone is excited about going down there and taking on this challenge.

“Lots of people have said to me this week, outside of this squad, nobody gives us a chance in this game.

“What I see is a squad of young men who are determined to do well and are committed to do well and will be well prepared.”

Leicester Tigers (v RC Toulonnais, Stade Felix-Mayol, Saturday 8.00pm - UK time)

TIGERS XV

15 Kini Murimurivalu

14 Harry Potter

13 Jaco Taute

12 Matt Scott

11 Nemani Nadolo

10 George Ford (vc)

9 Ben Youngs

1 Ellis Genge

2 Tom Youngs (c)

3 Dan Cole

4 Tomás Lavanini

5 Calum Green

6 Harry Wells

7 Tommy Reffell

8 Hanro Liebenberg

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Charlie Clare

17 Facundo Gigena

18 Nephi Leatigaga

19 Thom Smith

20 Luke Wallace

21 Ben White

22 Zack Henry

23 Dan Kelly

RC Toulonnais: 15 Daniel Ikpefan, 14 Masivesi Dakuwaqa, 13 Bryce Heem, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Gabin Villière, 10 Louis Carbonel, 9 Tane Takulua; 1 Jean Baptiste Gros, 2 Anthony Etrillard (c), 3 Beka Gigashvili, 4 Swan Rebbadj, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 6 Charles Ollivon, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 8 Sergio Parisse.
Reps: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Erwan Dridi, 20 Brian Alainu'uese, 21 Julien Ory, 22 Anthony Meric, 23 Facundo Isa.
 

Form Guide
Form
WWWWW
Last Match
Beat Leicester Tigers 34-19
Past Meeting
Won 34-19
Form
Last Match
Past Meeting
Form
WDLLL
Last Match
Lost to Harlequins 26-32
Past Meeting
Lost 19-34