If tonight’s clash between Toulon and the Sharks had a theme, it would run along the lines of: European pretty boys with a granite backbone pitted against the Southern Hemisphere bridesmaids.
While French clubs are not known to wrestle with their South African counterparts, the current crown jewel of French rugby will give South Africa’s Super Rugby under-achievers serious food for thought.
It is not a tag that sits well with Sharks players, but for all their Super Rugby endeavours, they have nothing but three unsuccessful finals to show for their efforts.
Toulon have back-to-back Heineken Cup triumphs after their return to the Top 14 in 2007-08, even though it had a lot to do with Mourad Boudjellal’s deep pockets and shrewd investment in blue chip players.
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