Nigel Owens was hailed for his handling of off-the-ball incident in Toulouse vs Wasps

Owens handled the incident perfectly

Nigel Owens was at his very best as he took charge of Toulouse's encounter with Wasps on Saturday.

The two sides put on a thriller in the Champions Cup, the French outfit coming out on top with a 42-27 win. 

The result ensures Leinster will continue to keep a very close eye on Toulouse, though Wasps themselves played some very nice rugby and will be disappointed not to have come closer given that things were relatively evenly-poised at the interval.

Toulouse ultimately showed why they are being considered dark horses in the tournament as they surged into the lead thanks to an inspired performance from Antoine Dupont. 

While the game itself provided enough talking points, its biggest flashpoint nearly came at the very end once the 80-minute mark had already been passed. 

A scuffle involving Pointud and Harris looked as though it was going to turn nasty and they continued their lack of sportsmanship by refusing to shake hands when Owens asked them to. 

However, the Welshman handled the situation perfectly by giving them a lecture to calm the situation down. 

Owens at his best 

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"That is very embarrassing and it is not needed in the game," Owens said. 

"And we have a wonderful, wonderful game of rugby and I will not let you spoil it last minute or not. 

"Shake hands if you may, please...You don't want to, fine, that's up to you. 

"Now you go back, and we get on with the game. Thank you."

Job done. Elsewhere, he also didn't rise to Toulouse's Jerome Kaino, who may now find himself in hot water for sarcastically calling the official "Superman" when a decision didn't go his way. 

Post-match, Owens took to Twitter to congratulate both teams and saying it was an "absolute pleasure" to referee the players. 

Wasps' hopes of reaching the knockout stages are now over.

Wasps remain positive 

Nevertheless, director of rugby Dai Young insisted there were plenty of positives to take away. 

"I thought our attack was probably the best it has been all season and we put some really good stints in in defence," he said, via BBC Sport. 

Wasps are fourth in Pool 1 with two games left

"It wasn't enough on the day so we are never going to rejoice and pat ourselves on the back for losing. But if we can build on this, it will take a good team to beat us.

"I thought we looked more like the old Wasps out there. I've said in the last two to three weeks we're looking more like the team we want to be.

"All we need is a win and that will only add to the belief moving forward. Hopefully that's sooner rather than later." 

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