European Rugby Champions Cup
Toulon's Mourad Boudjellal sticks to bet as Mitchell cuts his tie in half
ESPN Staff
January 18, 2016
Mourad Boudjellal
Mourad Boudjellal© AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal celebrated their last-gasp win over Wasps in a slightly unusual way: he allowed try-scorer Drew Mitchell to cut his favourite tie in half.

Boudjellal said earlier in the week he was so sure that his side would fail to beat Wasps - a team he felt were favourites to win the Champions Cup alongside Racing 92 - that he would wear his best suit and tie to the game and then slice his tie in half if they won. Toulon trailed 11-8 heading into the final play of the match and had Wasps held on, the three-times champions would have faced an up-hill battle to qualify for the knockout stages.

But then Mitchell pounced and darted over the try line with the clock well passed 80 minutes leaving Boudjellal with a dilemma over his favourite tie. And he stayed true to his bet with Mitchell pictured afterwards scissors in hand cutting Boudjellal's black tie. "I said that I had experienced almost everything in rugby, but I have not lived through a game like tonight's," Boudjellal said post-match.

Toulon boss Bernard Laporte added: "The win gives you strong emotions, be we would not be without them. I'm proud of the attitude of the players who all gave 150 per cent."

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