It was a particularly busy afternoon for Rynhardt Elstadt as he was on the losing side as Toulouse fell to a 29-13 defeat to fellow four-time European champions Leinster at the RDS.
Toulouse, who were on the back foot for most of this match, performed admirably at times, especially in defence and Elstadt helped spearhead this defensive effort as he topped the tackle charts with 20 to his name.
Although the South African openside was clearly disappointed that his side lost the game and that their unbeaten run which stretched back to September is now over, he was able to take the positives.
“In the first half, we had some good defence and I thought we did really well,” Elstadt said.
“A lot of positives that we can take out of the match. Leinster is a really phenomenal team. There’s a lot of work ons for us and a lot of positives we can take out of the match to prepare for Bath next weekend.”
“We’ll prepare some hard yards this week to see if we can beat Bath back home. So, like I said, we have a bit of an advantage.
“We’re not going to be very negative about this [loss], I can take the positives. We had a good journey up until now. I think we should just stay positive.”
In terms of what he thinks of Leinster, the 29-year-old believes that “they are a level above”.
“Yeah, you can feel the difference – the way the boys are performing, playing together as a pack. You can see that they just are a level above.
“If you want to test character and you want to meet yourself against any good team, I guess that’s the team to play against and they’re a really good team. I would say Ireland, for the Six Nations, they’re probably the team to beat.”
A win for Toulouse next weekend should see them secure one of the best runners-up spots so there will be plenty of motivation for their clash with Bath.