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Final

SaracensSARACENS 6 - 23 TOULON Toulon

Millennium Stadium - Saturday 24 May 2014
KO: 17.00 BST HT: 3-10 Att: 67,578

HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE...

HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone and their damned dog is heading to Cardiff this afternoon, so @TakeTheThree are covering commentary while we're in traffic!!
And why are we going to Cardiff? Only for the biggest club clash of the season ... Saracens v Toulon for the final Heineken Cup
And what a clash we have in store. Just look at Borthwick v Botha, F Lobbe v Burger & Armitage v B Vunipola in the forwards.
And what about Barritt v Giteau, Bosch v Bastareaud & Ashton v Habana in the backlines.
And of course the big one ... Wilkinson v Farrell. Wilko's last game on British soil. Emotional stuff.
Saracens v Toulon: Wilkinson and Borthwick lead out the sides for the final match of the European Cup in it's current format.
Saracens Toulon Heineken Cup Final 2014Saracens v Toulon and we're away. Farrell kicks long and Ashton puts F Lobbe under huge pressure.
Saracens - Toulon 1min: 1st scrum. 1st penalty. A brief pause for some gardening and then Matt Stevens puts the pressure on.
PEN Saracens 3-0 Toulon 3mins: And Farrell gets the scoring underway. Brilliant kick-off, the pressure resulting in points.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 5mins: Strong carries from Toulon up the centre, the likes of S Armitage and J Smith making tracks.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 6mins: But the 'wolf-pack' are all over it. Strength over the ball from Barritt wins the pen, which Faz clears.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 7mins: Rossouw fumbles in mid-field giving Saracens the scrum and nice attacking options.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 8mins: Matt Stevens again getting one over his opposite man Chiocci. Pen gives Saracens good field position.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 9mins. Scrappy lineout is knocked on and this time the scrum stays up. Toulon playing from their 22.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon: 11mins. Hands in the ruck from F Lobbe gives Saracens a pen. Out of the range of Farrell so opportunity for siege gun boot of Bosch.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 13mins: Bosch pulls the pen right and Toulon clear. B Vunipola hits through the centre but ball is dislodged.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 14mins: Tillous-Borde gathers from the base and puts in a wonderful, long kick, deep into Saracens 22.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 15mins: Brits lineout through is solid but Wigglesworth charged down. Tillous-Borde almost with a chance to dot down.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 16mins: Farrell restarts. Run down the line and chip from Drew Mitchell but Wigglesworth is sweeping.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 17mins: Miscommunication from Armitage brothers gives Saracens territory.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 18mins: Hooker on hooker as Burden puts a huge hit on Brits. Back on his feet though.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 19mins: Amazing passage of play with brilliant offloads & huge hits, ends in an attempted drop-goal from Farrell.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 20mins: Restart from Wilkinson and F Lobbe is judged to have taken Hargreaves out in the air. 10mins in the bin.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 21mins: Farrell's penalty attempt goes wide and Wilko is again able to clear from 22.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 24mins: Habana gets his hands on the ball but only to pass to D Armitage for a whopping clearance.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 24mins: Carl Hayman getting some attention. He has a rather large head mind, so lots of tape.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 25mins: Saracens kick and chase working well as Strettle puts Drew Mitchell under pressure.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 25mins: But Strettle's challenge judged to be early by the TMO so Toulon can clear.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon: But generally good discipline by Saracens - it's the first pen they've conceded.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 27mins: Craig Burden clearing at the ruck but given a taste of his own medicine by Matt Stevens and Kelly Brown.
Saracens 3-0 Toulon 28mins: Big carries from Toulon result in space behind. Wilkinson to Giteau, Giteau chips over Mitchell chases...
TRY! Saracens 3-5 Toulon 29mins: Mitchell gathers and gives a lovely offload to his fellow Aussie Giteau to send him over.
CONV Saracens 3-7 Toulon 30mins: And Wilkinson adds the extras, naturally.
Saracens 3-7 Toulon 32mins: Brits draws two defenders and offloads to Ashton but the winger unable to regather his chip.
Saracens 3-7 Toulon 34mins: F Lobbe has returned to the field for a Saracens lineout.
Saracens 3-7 Toulon 35mins: Schalk Brits - the best centre to ever play hooker. Making jinking runs in midfield and lovely offloads.
Saracens 3-7 Toulon 36mins: Big run up the centre from Big Billy but Toulon defence solid and ball goes loose. Armitage a nuisance at the breakdown.
Saracens 3-7 Toulon 37mins: Toulon have set up a strong catch and drive to give Wilkinson time to slot a ...
DROP GOAL Saracens 3-10 Toulon 37mins: It wouldn't be the same without a Jonny Wilkinson drop goal!!
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 39mins: Saracens working hard to make inroads into Toulon 22 but the All-Stars' defence forces Farrell into touch.
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 40mins: Huge boot down the field from Mitchell and Saracens try to run from their own 22.
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 40mins: But Brits can't get the ball to hand and the ball goes into touch. Half time.

Saracen 3-10 Toulon HT P: Farrell | T: Giteau C: Wilkinson P: Wilkinson YC Fernandez Lobbe

Saracens 3-10 Toulon in 40mins time we will know who are the last ever winners of the Heineken Cup...

Saracens 3-10 Toulon 40mins: Burden been replaced by Orioli. To be fair the South African put in a heavy shift in the 1st half.
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 41mins: S Armitage deals nicely with a high Wentworth kick and put under pressure by Brits. Wilkinson clears.
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 42mins: Drew Mitchell does well to bring down Big Billy out wide.
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 43mins: Crunching tackles all over the park. Juan Smith with a huge hit on Jacques Burger.
Saracens 3-10 Toulon 44mins: Chiocci struggling to deal with Stevens again and Farrell get opportunity to slot a pen from in front.
PEN Saracens 6-10 Toulon 45mins: 1st points of the 2nd half go to Saracens as Farrell neatly slots. Chiocci given the chop and replaced.
Saracens 6-10 Toulon 47mins: Saracens lineout on their 22, Wentworth slips but still manages a huge clearance up to half way.
Saracens 6-10 Toulon 48mins: Toulon scrum after knock-on in the lineout. Nice platform to attack from halfway.
Saracens 6-10 Toulon 49mins: Lovely hands from Giteau sends Juan Smith barrelling up the centre, followed by Steffon Armitage.
Saracens 6-10 Toulon 50mins: Big defence from Brits to cut down Wilkinson and dislodge the ball. Sarries scrum.
Saracens 6-10 Toulon 51mins: Botha and Rossouw off. Not bad replacements in the form of Ali Williams and Jo Suta.
Saracens 6-10 Toulon 52mins: Astonishing work from S Armitage at the breakdown. Low centre of gravity - he's immovable.
PEN Saracens 6-13 Toulon 53mins: Concentration etched across his face, Wilkinson slots a 50m penalty to nullify Farrell's.
Saracens 6-13 Toulon 55mins: Scrappy in midfield from Saracens but M Vunipola steadies the ship.
Saracens 6-13 Toulon 56mins: Farrell almost through a hole in the centres and Ashton cuts a lovely support line but the ball doesn't go to hand.
Saracens 6-13 Toulon 56mins: Carl Hayman off. Who shall we bring on? Why not Martin Castrogiovanni? Ok then.
Saracens 6-13 Toulon 57mins: Saracens not controlling the ball at the breakdown. Ball spilled and Toulon kick ahead puts Ashton under pressure.
Saracens 6-13 Toulon 58mins: Bastareaud off on a marauding run down the touchline...
Saracens Toulon Juan Smith try Heineken Cup Final 2014TRY Saracens 6-18 Toulon 59mins: Lovely hands outside to Juan Smith, F Lobbe in support, back to Smith and a try in the corner.
CONV Saracens 6-20 Toulon 60mins: Wilkinson makes a conversion from the touchline look as easy as taking toys from a child.
Saracens 6-20 Toulon 61mins: Late hit on Habana by Farrell results in a penalty. Wilkinson with a shot from 40m out.
PEN Saracens 6-23 Toulon 63mins: Was it ever in doubt? Wilko stretches the lead from in front of the posts. Toulon on track now to retain their crown.
Saracens Toulon Jonny Wilkinson Heineken Cup Final 2014Saracens 6-23 Toulon 64mins: Farrell replaced by Charlie Hodgson, M Botha on for Hargreaves. Saracens need a score now.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 65mins: Saracens struggling to retain ball at the breakdown .. mainly because of Steffon Armitage's work.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 67mins: Toulon trucking into Sarries 22 through a series of carries. Castro, F Lobbe and Orioli making in-roads.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 68mins: Wilkinson was getting set for a drop-goal but has shipped the ball wide.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 68mins: Bastareaud attempts a drop-goal in Wilkinson's place. Needless to say it's not successful.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 69mins: Saracens using their subs. Brits has had a relatively quite game and off for George. Wray on for Burger.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 71mins: Saracens not making ground so Hodgson puts in a perfectly weighted kick for territory.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 72mins: Both no.8s receiving attention. They've put in huge shifts - Armitage astonishing at the breakdown.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 73mins: Sneaky lineout move from Toulon and S Armitage through a gap but slips short.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 74mins: Toulon with a scrum 5m out. Huge opportunity to finish off the match with a bang.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 75mins: Claassens (on for T-Tillous-Borde) picks up from the base but runs into his own man. Scrum over to Saracens.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 76mins: Hodgson clears from a Saracens scrum. Mermoz gets a run out as Wilkinson retires from British soil.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 78mins: A flourish down the tryline by Toulon but Saracens Toulon Steffon Armitage Man of the Match Heineken Cup Final 2014Saracens get the lineout. A final surge.
Saracens 6-23 Toulon 80mins: Bryan Habana gets hands on ball but spills. Saracens try a final burst up the centre in Billy Vunipola.
RESULT Saracens 6-23 Toulon: But an offload goes astray and Rolland calls time.
RESULT Saracens 6-23 Toulon A huge performance from Toulon, who have deservedly retained the Heineken Cup.
RESULT Saracens 6-23 Toulon Toulon showed their class today. Steffon Armitage was immense with 4 turnovers and deserved MOTM.
Toulon and Wilko heading up to collect Heineken Cup trophy. And rightly so.

ToulonDelon Armitage, Drew Mitchell, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, Bryan Habana, JONNY WILKINSON (C), Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Xavier Chiocci, Craig Burden, Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Juan Smith, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Steffon Armitage BENCH: Jean Charles Orioli, Alexander Menini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Ali Williams, Virgile Bruni, Maxime Mermoz, Michael Claassens, Jocelino Suta

SCORERS T: Giteau, Smith C: Wilkinson (2) P: Wilkinson (2) DG: Wilkinson Yellow Card Fernandez Lobbe

SaracensAlex Goode, Chris Ashton, Marcelo Bosch, Brad Barritt, David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, STEVE BORTHWICK (C), Alistair Hargreaves, Kelly Brown, Jacques Burger, Billy Vunipola BENCH: Jamie George, Richard Barrington, James Johnston, Mouritz Botha, Jackson Wray, Neil de Kock, Charlie Hodgson, Chris Wyles

SCORERS P: Farrell (2)

Man of the Match: Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon)

Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU) Asst Referees: Nigel Owens (WRU), George Clancy (IRFU) TMO: Gareth Simmonds (WRU) Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (SRU)

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ERCC Play Off 1

London Wasps LONDON WASPS 30 - 29 STADE FRANÇAIS Stade Francais

Adams Park - Sunday 18 May 2014
KO: 15:00 BST HT: 13-12 Att: 6,127

HOW IT HAPPENED...

Wasps 3-0 Stade Finally wifi's kicked in at Adams Park! Andy Goode penalty for Wasps but Julien Dupuy's missed 2
Wasps 3-7 Stade 10mins Former Wasp Zak Taulafo finds whitewash for Stade & Dupuy makes up for misses with conversion
Wasps 6-7 Stade 14mins Wasps attacking deep into Stade 22 & visitors offside; Goode tees up & adds 3 more
Wasps 3-7 Stade 17mins Stade attack into Wasps territory but penalty to homeside & kick for lineout on 22
Wasps 6-7 Stade 18mins lineout good & super chip thru to corner from Elliott Daly chase by Will Helu but finds touch
Wasps 6-7 Stade 20mins Belting kick from Stade but too far into dead zone so Wasps scrum just outside Stade 10m
Wasps 6-7 Stade 22mins Wasps can't take advantage & run out of both pitch & players. Wasps lineout on H/W...
Wasps 13-7 Stade 27mins Not before time, Tom Varndell stretches Stade defence & finds tryline + Goode converts
Wasps vs Stade Stunning day for it don't you think... @BTSportRugby pitchside live...London Wasps v Stade Francais
Wasps 13-12 Stade 31mins But Stade aren't lying down & Djibril Camara flies over the line to almost equalise...
Wasps 13-12 Stade 32mins Not so good for visitors that Dupuy misses a 4th kick - 2 pens, conversion & drop goal
Wasps 13-12 Stade 37mins Stade defensive 5m lineout after bundled into touch by Camara...
Wasps 13-12 Stade 39mins Well defended by Stade & cleared for Wasp lineout outside 22; lose it but Wasps scrum
Wasps 13-12 Stade 40mins Good effort from Wasps but comes to nothing & ref Johnny Lacey calls HT

Wasps 13-12 Stade HT T: Varndell C: Goode P: Goode (2) | T: Taulafo, Camara C: Dupuy

Wasps 13-12 Stade 44mins Wasps back with a vengeance & James Haskell collects & belts downfield to score > TMO
Wasps 13-12 Stade 44mins TMO checks final pass before Hasks & clear knock on from Tom Palmer - no try
Wasps 18-12 Stade 46mins But Wasps not deterred for a moment as chip ahead chased by Ashley Johnson which he slam dunks over the line
Wasps 18-12 Stade 47mins Goode has no problem with conversion & Wasps can breathe easy for moment
Wasps 20-12 Stade 50mins Matt Mullan gets treatment; Tom Palmer gets roar as replaced by Kearnan Myall
Wasps 20-12 Stade 52mins Stade 5m lineout but Wasps penalty so defensive scrum; collapses & reset...
Wasps 20-12 Stade 53mins van der Merwe, Kubriashvili, Panis & Plisson for Taulafo, Slimani, Steyn & Sempere
Wasps 20-15 Stade 55mins Haskell gets carded for not being back 10m & Plisson reduces the deficit to just 5
Wasps 20-15 Stade 57mins Dupuy replaced by Jerome Fillol & Stade back in Wasps 22...again
Wasps 25-15 Stade 59mins While Stade are busy marking Varndell, Joe Simpson fires on burners & charges to score!
Wasps 27-15 Stade 60mins Goode converts despite @SonjaMcLaughlan's commentary made louder from crowd silence
Wasps 27-15 Stade 62mins But Stade reply with a quick Fillol try in the corner which ref sends to TMO
Wasps 27-20 Stade 62mins TMO can see no reason to not award try & Stade quickly back on Wasps' heels
Wasps 27-22 Stade 64mins And Fillol adds the extras too to take them within a score
Wasps 27-22 Stade The moment you report really loudly coz it's so noisy then 6,127 fans go silent. That @Sonjamclaughlan ;-)
Wasps 27-22 Stade 68mins Lindsay, Thompson & Vea on for Festuccia, Johnson & Vea | van Zyl for Flanquart
Wasps 27-27 Stade 73mins Whilst putting world to rights with @TalkingRugby, Waisea Nayacalevu saunters over tryline
Wasps 27-29 Stade 75mins Fillol adds extras, Stade take lead & Wasps are slowly floating up a creek...
Wasps 27-29 Stade 78mins ...but appear to have not lost paddle yet as they're deep in Stade's 22 on the attack
Wasps 27-29 Stade 79mins Taione Vea collides with opposition for knock on but Wasps advantage so penalty given
Wasps 30-29 Stade 80mins Goode steals victory from the jaws of defeat at the death with penalty in front of posts!

London Wasps15 Andrea Masi 14 Will Helu 13 Elliot Daly 12 CHRIS BELL (C) 11 Tom Varndell 10 Andy Goode 9 Joe Simpson 1 Matt Mullan 2 Carlo Festuccia 3 Phil Swainston 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Tom Palmer 6 Ashley Johnson 7 James Haskell 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Tom Lindsay 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Taione Vea 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Guy Thompson 21 Brett Sheehan 22 Joe Carlisle 23 Charlie Hayter

SCORERS T: Varndell, Johnson, Simpson C: Goode (3) P: Goode (3) Yellow Card Haskell

Stade Francais 15 Hugo Bonneval 14 Julien Arias 13 Waisea Nayacalevu 12 Meyer Bosman 11 Djibril Camara 10  Morné Steyn 9 Julien Dupuy 1 Sakaria Taulafo 2 Laurent Sempere 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Alexandre Flanquart 5 PASCAL PAPÉ (C) 6 Antoine Burban 7 Sylvain Nicolas 8 David Lyons BENCH: 16 Laurent Panis 17 Hendrik van der Merwe 18 Davit Kubriashvili 19 Anton van Zyl 20 Scott Lavalla 21 Jerome Fillol 22 Jules Plisson 23 Jeremy Sinzelle

SCORERS T: Taulafo, Camara, Fillol, Nayacalevu C: Dupuy, Fillol (2) P: Dupuy

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU) Asst Referees: Dudley Phillips (IRFU), Michael Black (IRFU) TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU) Citing Commissioner: John Cole (IRFU)

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ERCC Play Off 2

Stade Francais STADE FRANÇAIS 6 - 20 LONDON WASPS London Wasps

Stade Jean Bouin - Saturday 24 May 2014
KO: 13:45 CET HT: 6-10

AFTER three frustrating years away from Europe’s premier competition, Wasps earned a place in the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup with their finest performance of the Dai Young era. Many doubted whether the one-point advantage from the first leg would be enough, but the Men in Black and Gold took an early lead which they never lost, and they ended up comfortable winners, despite having two tries ruled out by the TMO.

Stade Francais London WaspsThe game started at a frantic pace. First, Elliot Daly created space for Tom Palmer to make ground down the right, only for his pass to Will Helu to be intercepted. Stade launched a counterattack, with skipper Sergio Parisse blasting through the midfield, before possession was lost just outside the Wasps 22.

In the seventh minute, Wasps opened the score with a magnificent try by Tom Varndell, in the left corner. Andy Goode added the extra points with a fine kick from the touchline, made even harder by the blustery wind. 37-29 to Wasps on aggregate.

Six minutes later, after some more excellent play by Wasps, with James Haskell again featuring prominently against his former club, Stade were penalised at the breakdown, just outside the 22. This time, Goode sent his kick to the right of the posts, 15 metres in from the right touchline.

Within a minute, it was Wasps’ turn to be penalised, just short of their 10-metre line, in midfield. Jules Plisson made no mistake with his kick and the score was 7-3 on the day, 37-32 overall.

The Wasps defence was severely tested, after Parisse burst downfield deep into the 22, but from turnover ball, Stade regained possession, only for Tom Varndell to intercept a wild pass and feed Joe Simpson, who raced away from just inside his own half to touch down between the posts. Referee Nigel Owens referred Guy Thompson’s tackle to the TMO and the try was eventually ruled out. The officials also studied a clash between James Haskell and Alexandre Flanquart and both players were sent to the bin. Once order was restored, Plisson made no mistake with the penalty from the site of the high tackle, and the score was now 7-6 on the day, 37-35 on aggregate.

The home side made a mess of the lineout a few metres inside the Wasps half, Wasps gathered the loose ball and put in a kick downfield. Julien Arias threw the ball away in touch handing Wasps a penalty, and Andy Goode was on target to put his 10-6 ahead on the day, 40-35 overall. Haskell and Flanquart returned to play and the score remained into half time.

The second half started with the same attacking ambition of the first, with both sides guilty of erratic passing as possession swung to and fro. Wasps thought they were away but a pass was adjudged to have gone forwards. Stade won a penalty at the scrum, and Plisson’s kick towards the corner set up a threatening position, 10 metres from the Wasps line, but the Wasps forwards stopped the lineout drive and were rewarded with the put-in to a scrum.

Andy Goode’s penalty kick dropped short, but a minute later, the fly half was floored by a late challenge by Antoine Burban who was shown a yellow card. Wasps went for touch, and despite a glorious offload by Matt Mullan stretching the depleted Stade defence, possession was lost to a spill a few metres from the line.

Plisson’s kick failed to find touch in clearing and the ball was gathered by Will Helu, who fed Andrea Masi; he hoisted a kick downfield which he leapt to gather, and Tom Varndell raced over between the posts from 35 metres but was again denied after the TMO ruled Masi had knocked on.

As the game entered the final quarter, Haskell broke through a tackle to feed Ashley Johnson, whose offload sent Guy Thompson over near the posts. Goode landed the conversion, to stretch the lead to eleven points, 6-17.

With heavy rain falling, Wasps withstood the next period of Stade pressure and eventually rewarded with a penalty; the ensuing lineout and a strong drive was stopped illegally by the homeside and Andy Goode tried to put his side more than two scores ahead on aggregate, with just over 6 minutes left. Agonisingly, he sent his kick wide, but a minute later another penalty arrived and this time, Goode made no mistake and the score finished at 6-20 with under 5 minutes left.

Wasps continued to control possession well and were able to bring on all their replacements in the closing minutes. The final whistle went, to scenes of jubilation from the players and the sizeable contingent of supporters who had made the trip to the French capital.

Stade Francais 15 Hugo Bonneval 14 Julien Arias 13 Waisea Vuidravuwalu 12 Jonathan Danty 11 Digby Ioane 10 Jules Plisson 9 Jérôme Fillol 1 Heike Van Der Merwe 2 Laurent Sempere 3 Davit Kubriashvili 4 Alexandre Flanquart 5 Pascal Papé 6 Antoine Burban 7 Scott Lavalla 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Michael Van Vuuren 17 Zakaria Tolafau 18 Rabah Slimani 19 Anton Van Zyl 20 David Lyons 21 Morne Steyn 22 Julien Dupuy 23 Meyer Bosman

SCORERS P: Plisson (2) Yellow Card Flanquart, Burban, van Vuuren

London Wasps15 Andrea Masi 14 Will Helu 13 Elliot Daly 12 CHRIS BELL (C) 11 Tom Varndell 10 Andy Goode 9 Joe Simpson 1 Matt Mullan 2 Carlo Festuccia 3 Phil Swainston 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Tom Palmer 6 Ashley Johnson 7 James Haskell 8 Guy Thompson BENCH: 16 Tom Lindsay 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Taione Vea 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Ed Jackson 21 Charlie Davies 22 Joe Carlisle 23 Charlie Hayter

SCORERS T: Varndell, Thompson C: Goode (2) P: Goode (2) Yellow Card Haskell

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU) Asst Referee: Ian Davies (WRU), Sean Brickell (WRU) TMO: Derek Bevan (WRU) Citing Commissioner: Jeff Mark (WRU)

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ERC Semi Finals


Saracens v Clermont Toulon v Munster


WHILE the two Heineken Cup semi-finals were markedly different in terms of the outcome, a momentous penultimate stage of Europe’s premier club rugby tournament has thrown up a classic Anglo-French decider between reigning champions, RC Toulon, and the rising star of Saracens.

With the road to the 2014 final at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 24 May now clear, there was passion, colour, tension and some truly outstanding rugby on show during what was another memorable weekend.

First up were Saracens and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham Stadium where both clubs had points to prove: Saracens had failed to win a Heineken Cup semi-final in their two previous attempts, and Clermont were determined to go one better than last season when they fell to French rivals, Toulon, at the final hurdle.

In the end, all the pointers towards a tight contest between two in-form sides were quickly set aside as Saracens produced one of the most emphatic knockout stage performances in the 19-season history of the tournament.

Semi-final records were sent tumbling as the Aviva Premiership leaders stormed to a remarkable six-try 46-6 victory to book their place in a Heineken Cup final for the first time.

Inspired by the confrontational defence of Heineken Man of the Match, Jacques Burger, who produced an outstanding 27 tackles during his 69-minute shift, Saracens simply blew away a shell-shocked Clermont.

The French side appeared to be unsettled by the award of a penalty try when Brock James was ruled to have deliberately palmed the ball over the dead ball line after 12 minutes, and in truth they never recovered as Saracens simply owned Twickenham with a remarkable display of physical power and opportunism which has set the scene for a what promises to be a titanic clash with the holders, Toulon, in the Welsh capital next month.

Toulon were made to battle all the way in sun-kissed Marseille where Munster fell agonisingly short in a semi-final on French soil for a second season in a row.

It finished 24-16 in the champions’ favour at the Stade Vélodrome where nearly 40,000 spectators were treated to a ferocious arm-wrestle. Munster, who were appearing in a record 11th tournament semi-final, appeared to be hanging on for long periods, but typically, they delivered a finishing surge which almost spoiled the Toulon party.

Once again, Jonny Wilkinson, held the key with 21 points from his trusty left boot while Delon Armitage added a booming long-range penalty. The irrepressible Simon Zebo’s second half try gave Munster hope and with Ian Keatley and Paul O’Connell leading the way, the Irish brought the contest right down to the wire only to miss out on a final place yet again.

From now, the focus is on the showdown between Toulon and Saracens at the magnificent Millennium Stadium in just under four weeks’ time. European rugby will be holding its breath in anticipation of a contest of heavyweight proportions.

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Heineken Rugby Show 5

 


SaracensSARACENS 46 - 6 CLERMONT AUVERGNEASM Clermont Auvergne

Twickenham - Saturday 26 April 2014
KO: 15:40 BST HT: 24-6 Att: 25,942

Saracens Clermont Chris Ashton SF1 Heineken Cup 2014

HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE...

Saracens 0-0 Clermont 0mins And we have KO from a very sunshiny Twickers...with a lot of Munster fans!
Saracens 0-0 Clermont 1min Sarries kick off well but knock on from both sides & Clermont clear Sarries out of their 22
Saracens 0-0 Clermont 2mins Scrum Sarries just inside Clermont's 10m; goes down & a knock on so Clermont clear
Saracens 0-0 Clermont 3mins An infringement from British Lion Mako Vunipola loses possession for Sarries...
Saracens 0-0 Clermont 4mins Scrum on Sarries 22 but Owen Farrell kicks it sublimely all the way back to opposite 22
Saracens 0-0 Clermont 5mins Ref Nigel Owens clears up the knock on header debate...it's not a knock on!
Saracens 0-0 Clermont 6mins A touch of aerial ping pong before Sarries attack fiercely with intent...
Saracens 5-0 Clermont 7mins Alex Goode > Schalk Brits > Brad Barritt > Chris Ashton & 4 blinds for Ashy to score
Saracens 7-0 Clermont 8mins Most excellent work from homeside & Goode converts to take a deserved lead
Saracens 7-0 Clermont 10mins That's Ashy's 15th try this season including international matches! Impressive
Saracens 7-3 Clermont 12mins But as habitual now, Sarries hand over penalty straight away & Morgan Parra opens a/c
Saracens 7-3 Clermont 12mins Time off for TMO check on if Brock James deliberately knocked out ball...
Saracens 12-3 Clermont 12mins Surprisingly Owens decides on a YC & a penalty try! Huge call (enjoyed by Sarries!)
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 13mins Goode converts while suddenly it's sunshine on a rainy day at Twickers *looksforrainbow*
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 16mins As quickly as the rain appeared it's gone while Clermont steal Sarries' defensive 5m L/O
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 17mins Good work from Clermont with a man down James, but knock on & they lose it...
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 18mins Sarries quickly head in right direction & an brilliant break from Goode in space...
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 18mins Sarries get shut down in Clermont's 22 but slight own team obstruction from Mo Botha...
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 20mins Clermont defensive scrum & do force Sarries back all the way into their 22...
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 22mins Visitors all over Sarries' T/L, forced to pick & go & penalty goes to Clermont...
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 24mins Sivivatu offload to Benson Stanley who flies over T/L for score but Owens halts play
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 24mins TMO replays & Damien Chouly is busted for crossing & ruling no try for Clermont
Saracens 14-3 Clermont 27mins Much faffing in the Sarries 22 & eventually Clermont gets the penalty
Saracens 14-6 Clermont 28mins Jacques Burger gifts the penalty that gives Clermont another 3 points from Parra
Saracens 14-6 Clermont 29mins Sarries respond by heading directly in Clermont's 22 & have the scrum...
Saracens 14-6 Clermont 30mins Sarries forced back momentarily but head back quickly & Ashy's off again...
Saracens 14-6 Clermont 31mins Farrell scores but Owens goes to TMO to check possibly knock on & off ball tackle
Saracens 21-6 Clermont 32mins Ball flies forward off Farrell's knee & try is good...Goode converts it
Saracens 21-6 Clermont 34mins Huge effort required by Clermont for remainder of match if they're to get a look in...
Saracens 21-6 Clermont 36mins Sarries back into Clermont's 22 & penalty coming...doesn't pan out so Goode tees up...
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 37mins Goode whacks it over from just outside 22 just wide of centre.
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 39mins Clermont respond as much as possible but can't get close to Sarries 22 before knock on...
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 40mins First half done as Owens calls HT

Saracens 24-6 Clermont HT T: Ashton, PT, Farrell C: Goode (3) P: Goode | P: Parra (2) Yellow Card James
Saracens 24-6 Clermont HT OK so PT was really dubious, but can't fault Sarries effort & impact. Pretty impressive!

Saracens 24-6 Clermont 42mins Sarries make a good start to 2nd half attacking the T/L repeatedly so far...
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 44min Clear penalty from Bard Barritt but Owens couldn't see it , but Clermont to clear Sarries out
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 47mins Clermont managing many turnovers but when Sarries go there's no stopping them...
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 49mins Another break & Sarries are within 5mins of T/L but slightly isolated; changes occur
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 49m Matt Stevens for JJ; Vincent Debaty for Thomas Domingo; earlier Gerhard Vosloo for Fritz Lee
Saracens 24-6 Clermont 52mins Sarries scrum on H/W & Clermont pinged for bind; penalty Sarries & Marcelo Bosch tees up
Saracens 27-6 Clermont 53mins Bosch is bang on target & Clermont see Cardiff slip further away...
Saracens 27-6 Clermont 57mins Clermont still fighting tho & have L/O in Sarries 22... but a knock on loses momentum
Saracens 27-6 Clermont 59mins Sarries defence is immense...my old mate Gussy must be awfully proud of his work! ~Ed
Saracens 27-6 Clermont 61mins Thierry Lacrampe for Parra; Ti'i Paulo & Mike Delany for Kayser & James. Wigglesworth for de Kock
Saracens 27-6 Clermont 63mins Defensive scrum inside own 22 for Clermont is good & clear Sarries back to H/W
Saracens 32-6 Clermont 65mins But Brits jollies things along allowing Ashy to break all Heineken Cup try scoring records
Saracens 32-6 Clermont 66mins No conversion but there's no coming back for Clermont. This is definitive rugby
Saracens 32-6 Clermont 68mins Seru Nakaitaci, Clement Ric & Julien Pierre on for Stanley, Zirakashvili & Cudmore
Saracens 32-6 Clermont 69mins Alistair Hargreaves, Chris Wyles & Jackson Wray for Botha, Strettle & Burger
Saracens 32-6 Clermont 71mins Replaced Jacques named Man of the Match... 27 tackles in 70 minutes...immense!
Saracens 37-6 Clermont 72mins Ashton breaks > Streather (for Bosch) > Barritt > Wyles > TRY!
Saracens 39-6 Clermont 73mins Goode converts & highest score + biggest margin + most individual tries Heineken Cup records broken
Saracens 39-6 Clermont 73m Meanwhile, Richard Barrington, Jamie George & Tim Streather on for Vunipola, Brits & Bosch
Saracens 46-6 Clermont 78mins And while we're catching our breath, Streather flies over in corner for 6th try!
Saracens 46-6 Clermont 80mins Goode converted & you can only feel sorry for Clermont...were totally outplayed
ERC Rugby Finals - 3 of 4 teams will be English in 2014 in Cardiff in May...not bad work from the Premiership!

Saracens15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Brad Barritt 11 David Strettle 10 Owen Farrell 9 Neil de Kock 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Schalk Brits 3 James Johnston 4 STEVE BORTHWICK (C) 5 Mouritz Botha 6 Kelly Brown 7 Jacques Burger 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Richard Barrington 18 Matt Stevens 19 Alistair Hargreaves 20 Jackson Wray 21 Richard Wiggleworth 22 Tim Streather 23 Chris Wyles

SCORERS T: Ashton (2) PT, Farrell, Wyles, Streather C: Goode (5) P: Goode, Bosch

ASM Clermont Auvergne15 Lee Byrne 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu 13 Benson Stanley 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Naipolioni Nalaga 10 Brock James 9 Morgan Parra 1 Thomas Domingo 2 Benjamin Kayser 3 Davit Zirakashvili 4 Jamie Cudmore 5 Nathan Hines 6 JULIEN BONNAIRE (C) 7 Damien Chouly 8 Fritz Lee 16 Ti'i Paulo 17 Vincent Debaty 18 Clément Ric 19 Julien Pierre 20 Gerhard Vosloo 21 Thierry Lacrampe 22 Mike Delany 23 Noa Nakaitaci

SCORERS P: Parra (2) Yellow Card James

Man of the Match: Jacques Burger (Saracens)

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU) Asst Referees:  Alain Rolland (IRFU), Leighton Hodges (WRU) TMO: Gareth Simmonds (WRU) Citing Commissioner: Maurizio Vancini (FIR)

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ToulonTOULON 24 - 16 MUNSTER Munster Rugby

Stade Vélodrome - Sunday 27 April 2014
KO: 16:30 CET HT: 18-9

Toulon Munster Steffon Armitage Simon Zebo

HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE...

Toulon 0-0 Munster 1min And we have KO at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille for final Heineken Cup spot
Toulon 0-0 Munster 2mins And all a bit confusing with Munster in dark blue, while Toulon remain in red...
Toulon 3-0 Munster 4mins Munster penalty early on & Jonny Wilkinson punishes them with opening points
Toulon 3-0 Munster 6mins But quickly Toulon give up a penalty and it's Ian Keatley's turn too prep the tee...
Toulon 3-3 Munster 7mins Keatley has no trouble & quickly it's all square
Toulon 3-3 Munster 11mins It's Munster looking the stronger so far as crowd blow their horns & deafen each other
Toulon 3-3 Munster 15min Toulon defensive line out in own 22; penalty & scrum Toulon & mission achieved...play back to H/W
Toulon 3-3 Munster 16mins Toulon have momentum, have penalty coming and drive almost up to Munster 22; back for pen
Toulon 6-3 Munster 17mins Toulon take the Jonny option & he tees & knocks it over to regain the lead
Toulon 6-3 Munster 19mins T0ulon quickly clear Munster almost back into own half from restart & have scrum
Toulon 6-3 Munster 20mins Eventually ref Wayne Barnes has to have word with Munster prop for collapsing scrum
Toulon 6-3 Munster 22mins Another penalty gifted by Munster & it's Jonny's turn to step up again...
Toulon 6-3 Munster 23mins But surprisingly he misses & Munster are saved...for now
Toulon 6-3 Munster 25mins Munster's early promise fading after 6 penalties so far, but do manage turnover; time out
Toulon 9-3 Munster 26mins Though it doesn't last long; another Munster penalty > another Jonny kick & doesn't fail
Toulon 9-3 Munster 28mins After restart Munster chuck an up & under but both Armitages disrupt play
Toulon 9-3 Munster 28mins Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe clashes heads with Conor Murray > TMO
Toulon 9-3 Munster 29mins Barnes decides from replay there's no intent but was head contact so YC; Toulon to 14
Toulon 9-6 Munster 29mins Decision seems ridiculous - penalty yes...YC no. Meanwhile, Keatley knocks over 3 pts
Toulon 12-6 Munster 30mins But from the restart leads to Jonny casually dropping a goal ...
Toulon 12-6 Munster 32 Meanwhile Toulon forwards just as keen to be penalised & Munster get chance to creep closer
Toulon 12-9 Munster 33mins Keatley bangs another over to keep Munster in touch...
Toulon 15-9 Munster 35mins Preposterous number of penalties being conceded as Jonny tees up AGAIN & adds 3 more
Toulon 15-9 Munster 37mins Munster fail to protect ball & Bryan Habana's off charging thru flicking off Munster
Toulon 15-9 Munster 38mins But a knock on gives Munster a defensive scrum but penalty to Toulon...
Toulon 15-9 Munster 39mins Toulon decision to take the kick even though it's just over H/W on own side...
Toulon 18-9 Munster 40mins It's Delon Armitage who strikes it beautifully & Toulon have a little cushion at HT

Toulon 18-9 Munster HT P: Wilkinson (4), Delon Armitage DG: Wilkinson | P: Keatley (3) Yellow Card Fernández Lobbe

 

Toulon 18-9 Munster 41min Toulon start off 2nd half with good line out; Delon A makes the break but good tackle ends it 
Toulon 18-9 Munster 42mins Another line out this time in Munster half & Steffon Armitage flies over in corner for try
Toulon 18-9 Munster 42min But tackle from Simon Zebo forces Steffon's foot into touch & it's a no try from replay
Toulon 18-9 Munster 43mins Munster clear them back to outside 22 & Toulon line out but timeout for Dave Foley
Toulon 18-9 Munster 44mins Munster take ball wide but monster tackle from Toulon; huge effort from Habana...
Toulon 18-9 Munster 47mins Munster manage to clear it just... Scrum Munster but it's 5m from own T/L...
Toulon 18-9 Munster 48mins Munster free kick & move Toulon back to H/W...& breathe...
Toulon 18-9 Munster 49mins Munster manage to turnover the ball & have scrum just on own side of H/W...
Toulon 18-9 Munster 50mins Toulon pinged & Keatley whacks it to touch for line out inside Toulon's 22
Toulon 18-9 Munster 51mins A spot of handbags ensues & it's Munster's ball again, with 5m line out...
Toulon 18-14 Munster 52mins A massive effort from Munster as Zebo bundles over in corner drawing up his knees
Toulon 18-16 Munster 52mins Could be interpreted otherwise but Barnes awards try & Keatley adds conversion
Toulon 18-16 Munster 55mins Fields of Athenry drowns out any French opposition noise...you'd think they'd won it!
Toulon 18-16 Munster 56mins Munster win another scrum & penalty; Keatley preps the tee again...
Toulon 18-16 Munster 57mins Keatley's kick has the distance but not any accuracy so Toulon still ahead
Toulon 18-16 Munster 59mins Jean Charles Orioli on for Craig Burden; earlier David Smith & Alexander Menini for Habana & Chiocci
Toulon 18-16 Munster 60mins Also Tommy O'Donnell on for Sean Dougall
Toulon 18-16 Munster 61mins Play in the midfield & Toulon in possession til Munster turn it over...
Toulon 18-16 Munster 62mins But a knock on & it's Toulon's ball but kick's too long. Keatley clears & it's back to H/W
Toulon 18-16 Munster 62mins Michael Claassens & Konstantin Mikautadze on for Tillous-Borde & Roussow
Toulon 18-16 Munster 64mins Meanwhile, Keith earls brings down David Smith illegally & he's off for a 10min break
Toulon 21-16 Munster 64mins And of course Jonny knocks over the penalty...
Toulon 21-16 Munster 65mins Donncha O'Callaghan, JJ Hanrahan & James Cronin on for Foley, Downey & Kilcoyne
Toulon 21-16 Munster 67m Munster make it into Toulon's 22 before homeside's defence line's up & pushes them back
Toulon 21-16 Munster 69mins Again & again Munster hit back but still outside 22 til Hanrahan chips thru
Toulon 21-16 Munster 69mins Delon A collects but passes appallingly to Drew Mitchell & goes nowhere...
Toulon 21-16 Munster 70mins Munster line out & awarded penalty for Delon messing with player in the air...
Toulon 21-16 Munster 70mins Toulon gifting the game to Munster who are deep into Toulon 22 from line out...but turnover
Toulon 21-16 Munster 72mins Time out for faffing about in the magnificent Stade Vélodrome...something technical
Toulon 21-16 Munster 73m Back on & Toulon heave into Munster 22; Munster almost hold them off but Orioli nabs it
Toulon 21-16 Munster 74mins Jonny goes for the drop but it's charged down...
Toulon 21-16 Munster 76mins Toulon still in possession but Munster have forced them way back towards H/W Rugby
Toulon 21-16 Munster 77mins Time out & time for players to catch breath before a Munster defensive scrum on 10m
Toulon 21-16 Munster 78mins But Earls drops it & Toulon have a penalty...on Munster's 22...
Toulon 21-16 Munster 79mins Obviously Jonny takes his time to run down clock before getting round to kicking...
Toulon 24-16 Munster 79mins Munster try so hard from the restart but there's no hope...just pride now...
Toulon 24-16 Munster 80mins Clock's gone red but Munster still in possession & want a final small triumph
Toulon 24-16 Munster 80+2 Final penalty to Toulon & it's all over; celebrations start but no one's kicked to touch!
Toulon 24-16 Munster 80+3mins Eventually Toulon realise & Jonny kicks it into touch

Toulon15 Delon Armitage 14 Drew Mitchell 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Matt Giteau 11 Bryan Habana 10 JONNY WILKINSON (C) 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde 1 Xavier Chiocci 2 Craig Burden 3 Carl Hayman 4 Danie Rossouw 5 Jocelino Suta 6 Juan Smith 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe 8 Steffon Armitage 16 Jean-Charles Orioli 17 Alexandre Menini 18 Martin Castrogiovanni 19 Virgile Bruni 20 David Smith 21 Maxime Mermoz 22 Michael Claassens 23 Konstantine Mikautadze

SCORERS P: Wilkinson (6), Delon Armitage DG: Wilkinson Yellow Card Fernández Lobbe


Munster Rugby15 Felix Jones 14 Keith Earls 13 Casey Laulala 12 James Downey 11 Simon Zebo 10 Ian Keatley 9 Conor Murray 1 Dave Kilcoyne 2 DAMIEN VARLEY (C) 3 BJ Botha 4 Dave Foley 5 Paul O'Connell 6 CJ Stander 7 Sean Dougall 8 James Coughlan 16 Duncan Casey 17 James Cronin 18 John Ryan 19 Donncha O'Callaghan 20 Tommy O'Donnell 21 Duncan Williams 22 JJ Hanrahan 23 Denis Hurley

SCORERS T: Zebo C: Keatley P: Keatley (3) Yellow Card Earls

Man of the Match: Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon)

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU) Asst Referees: JP Doyle (RFU), Luke Pearce (RFU) TMO: Graham Hughes (RFU) Citing Commissioner: John Byett (RFU)

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AS the dust settles on yet another barnstorming Heineken Cup quarter-final weekend, and as players, coaches and supporters alike catch their breath, the road map to the tournament semi-finals in less than three weeks’ time has been drawn.

First up on Saturday, 26 April is the meeting of Saracens and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham Stadium. The Aviva Premiership leaders will be looking to go one better than last season when they fell at the same hurdle at the same venue, while Clermont, who are appearing in a third successive semi-final, will no doubt be motivated by their agonising defeat in last year’s decider.

The following day, Sunday, 27 April sees reigning champions, Toulon: gunning for a fourth European final in five years: taking on Munster Rugby at the atmospheric Stade Vélodrome in Marseille in the second of the semi-finals. The game will mark Munster’s 11th appearance in a Heineken Cup semi, eclipsing the record the Irish province had held jointly with Toulouse.

And on the subject of Toulouse, the four-time champions came to Thomond Park for the first time in their illustrious history last weekend with high hopes of knocking Munster off their perch only to find themselves on the wrong end of a truly storming home performance.

In front of a packed house, Munster piled on the pressure right from the off and wound up scoring six tries on their way to a rampant 47-23 victory. CJ Stander came off the bench to replace the injured Peter O’Mahony during the first half, and on his 24th birthday, the former South Africa Under 20 captain produced an outstanding performance to deservedly earn the Heineken Man of the Match award. Meanwhile, Ian Keatley’s assured 17 points moved him to the top of this season’s scoring charts on 79 where he is currently level with Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson.

After Munster had powered their way into the last four, it was the turn of Clermont to attempt to preserve their astonishing unbeaten record at Stade Marcel-Michelin and that they duly did with a 22-16 victory over Leicester Tigers.

Ahead 19-7 at the break, it appeared to be plain sailing for the home side, but Leicester were typically defiant during the second half and with Owen Williams impressing at No 10, they could well have snatched the game during a ferociously competitive closing quarter.

In the end, Clermont held on to register win number 75 at Marcel-Michelin and book their semi-final place at Twickenham where Saracens will try to halt the French club’s march to a second successive final.

If Clermont were well and truly under the cosh in the dying moments, it was nothing to what Saracens had to endure at Ravenhill where Ulster were reduced to 14 men in the fifth minute following the sending-off of full back, Jared Payne, by referee Jerome Garces.

Fired up by a raucous home support, Ulster somehow contrived to lead 9-5 at the break, and even though they also lost Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar to injury, they almost managed to turn the game around in a nerve-shredding final play before Saracens emerged 17-15 victors.

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By dint of a 3-0 try count, Sarries deserved their success, and with Scotland captain, Kelly Brown, coming off the bench to make his 50th Heineken Cup appearance, Chris Ashton caught the eye once again with two tries to move him up to a total of nine for the season so far. The flying wing is now within touching distance of the tournament individual record of 10 tries in a season set by Sebastien Carrat of Brive in 1996/97.

Last, but by no means least, the Heineken Cup roadshow continued on to Stade Felix-Mayol in Toulon where the champions moved a step nearer to winning back-to-back titles with a 29-14 success over Leinster Rugby in front of their deliciously partisan fans.

At 6-6 at the changeover, Leinster were in pole position to capitalise on Jonny Wilkinson’s first-half exit due to a hamstring strain, but Toulon’s sheer physicality, combined with a master class at the breakdown from Steffon Armitage, simply wore the Irish province down.

The game marked the end of the European line for one of rugby’s most gifted players, Brian O’Driscoll, who bowed out of the competition with three Heineken Cup winner’s medals, 33 tries and 87 appearances to his name.

While O’Driscoll reflects on a stellar career in European club rugby, this season’s tournament rumbles on via the semi-finals later this month to what promises to be a magnificent conclusion at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 24 May.

MERITOCRACY PAYMENTS
With reigning champions, Toulon, and ASM Clermont Auvergne through to the Heineken Cup semi-finals for a second successive season, French clubs are set to receive at least an extra €2.25 million (euro) in meritocracy payments in addition to their share of ERC's distribution.

English clubs are in line to receive an additional €1.8 million (euro) with Saracens through to the Heineken Cup semi-finals and an all-English final now guaranteed in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

With three clubs in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, and with Munster Rugby through to the semi-finals, Ireland will receive at least €1.8 million (euro). Further meritocracy payments will be made to qualifiers for the finals.

A total of €6.75 million (euro) will be allocated in meritocracy payments with approximately €453,000 (euro) for each spot in the Heineken Cup knockout stage and for the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup.


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Munster Rugby MUNSTER RUGBY 47 - 23 TOULOUSE Toulouse

Thomond Park - Saturday 5th April 2014
KO: 13:30 HT: 13-9 Att: 26,200

 

MUNSTER RUGBY: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, BJ Botha, Dave Foley, Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony, Tommy O'Donnell, James Coughlan BENCH: Duncan Casey, John Ryan, Alan Cotter, Donncha O'Callaghan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever

SCORERS  T: Earls, Kilcoyne, Stander, Laulala, Zebo, O'Connell C: Keatley (4) P: Keatley (3) Yellow Card Kilcoyne

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Yoann Huget, Florian Fritz, Gael Fickou, Hosea Gear, Luke McAlister, Jano Vermaak, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Christopher Tolofua, Yohann Montes, Yoann Maestri, Patricio Albacete, Yacouba Camara, Joe Tekori, Louis Picamoles BENCH: Jaba Bregvadze, Cyril Baille, Schalk Ferreira, Romain Millo-Chluski, Gillian Galan, Jean-Marc Doussain, Lionel Beauxis, Clement Poitrenaud

SCORERS T: Gear, Tekori C: Beauxis (2) P: McAlister (3) Yellow Card Montes

Man of the Match: CJ Stander (Munster Rugby)

Referee: Nigel Owens

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ASM Clermont AuvergneCLERMONT 22 - 16 LEICESTER TIGERS Leicester Tigers

Stade Marcel-Michelin - Saturday 5th April 2014
KO: 17:00 HT: 19-7 Att: 17,862

 

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE: Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Seru Nakaitaci, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Niapolioni Nalaga, Brock James, Morgan Parra, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Damien Chouly, Fritz Lee BENCH: Ti'i Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Clement Ric, Julien Pierre, Julien Bardy, Thierry Lacrampe, Mike Delany, Benson Stanley

SCORERS T: Fofana C: Parra P: Parra (5)

LEICESTER TIGERS: Mathew Tait, Blaine Scully, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Allen, Vereniki Goneva, Owen Williams, Ben Youngs, Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs, Logovi'i Mulipola, Louis Deacon, Ed Slater, Jamie Gibson, Julian Salvi, Jordan Crane BENCH: Rob Hawkins, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Graham Kitchener, Thomas Waldrom, David Mele, Toby Flood, Scott Hamilton

SCORERS T: Crane C: Williams P: Williams (3) Yellow Card Waldrom

Man of the Match: Damien Chouly (ASM Clermont Auvergne)

Referee: Alain Rolland

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Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 15 - 17 SARACENSSaracens

Ravenhill - Saturday 5th April 2014
KO: 18:30 HT: 9-5 Att: 16,853

 

ULSTER RUGBY: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa, Johann Muller, Dan Tuohy, Roger Wilson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams BENCH: Rob Herring, Andrew Warwick, Ricky Lutton, Iain Henderson, Stephen Ferris, Robbie Diack, Paul Marshall, Craig Gilroy

SCORERS P: Pienaar (3), Jackson (2) Red Card Payne

SARACENS: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Duncan Taylor, Brad Barritt, David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, James Johnston, Steve Borthwick, Mouritz Botha, Billy Vunipola, Jacques Burger, Ernst Joubert BENCH: Jamie George, Richard Barrington, Matt Stevens, Eoin Sheriff, Kelly Brown, Neil de Kock, Charlie Hodgson, Chris Wyles

SCORERS T: Ashton (2), Botha C: Farrell

Man of the Match: Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

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ToulonTOULON 29 - 14 LEINSTER RUGBY Leinster Rugby

Stade Félix Mayol - Sunday 6th April 2014
KO: 17:30  HT: 6-6 Att: 15,252

 

TOULON: Delon Armitage, Drew Mitchell, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, David Smith, Jonny Wilkinson, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Xavier Chiocci, Craig Burden, Carl Hayman, Danie Rossouw, Jocelino Suta, Juan Smith, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Steffon Armitage BENCH: Jean Charles Orioli, Florian Fresia, Martin Castrogiovanni, Virgile Bruni, Bryan Habana, Maxime Mermoz, Michael Claassens, Konstantin Mikautadze

SCORERS T: Chiocci, Mitchell C: Giteau P: Wilkinson (2), Giteau (2), Delon Armitage Yellow Card Fresia

LEINSTER RUGBY: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, David Kearney, Jimmy Gopperth, Eoin Reddan, Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip BENCH: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Leo Cullen, Jordi Murphy, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Zane Kirchner

SCORERS T: Murphy P: Gopperth (3)

Man of the Match: Steffon Armitage (Toulon)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

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ERC Round 6

ONCE again, the Heineken Cup qualification combinations and permutations went right down to the wire with the top four seedings for the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club tournament only confirmed during the very last tension-packed games of Round 6.

ASM Clermont Auvergne grabbed the No 2 seed spot behind front-runners, Ulster Rugby, with a hard-fought bonus-point victory over Racing Metro at Stade Marcel-Michelin, while Harlequins managed to book their place in the Amlin Challenge Cup last eight with a win in the dying minutes at Parc y Scarlets.

When the dust settled, a truly heavyweight Heineken Cup quarter-final line-up emerged with six former champions, and a total of 16 European titles, among the eight qualifiers. The ties in early April will positively bristle with atmosphere and quality as Ulster host Saracens, Clermont take on Leicester Tigers, holders Toulon clash with European specialists, Leinster, and Toulouse go to fortress Thomond Park for the first time in their history.

Meanwhile, Northampton Saints, Harlequins and Gloucester Rugby have qualified for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals as the third, fourth and fifth best pool runners-up where they will join Amlin pool winners, Bath Rugby, London Wasps, Stade Francais Paris, Sale Sharks and Brive.

As the premier competition was delivering another rollercoaster Round 6 full of intrigue, spectators were voting with their feet to set a new Heineken Cup pool stage attendance record. The total for the six rounds went through the 900,000 barrier for the first time in history, rising to an impressive 921,196, and last weekend, there were sell-outs at Thomond Park, Welford Road and the RDS, along with record crowds at Cardiff Arms Park and Scotstoun.


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POOL 1 Heineken Cup Round 6 Pool 1

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 36 - 3 OSPREYSOspreys

RDS - Friday 17 January 2014
KO: 20:00 HT: 17-3 Att: 18,500

LEINSTER RUGBY: Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Jimmy Gopperth, Eoin Reddan, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip (c) BENCH: Richardt Strauss, Jack McGrath, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen, Jordi Murphy, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Zane Kirchner

SCORERS T: PT (2), Healy, Murphy, Boss C: Gopperth (4) P: Gopperth

OSPREYS: Sam Davies , Jeff Hassler, Jonathan Spratt, Ben John, Aisea Natoga, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun-Wyn Jones (c), Ian Evans, Tyler Ardron, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones BENCH: Scott Baldwin, Marc Thomas, Dan Suter, Lloyd Peers, James King, Morgan Allen, Thomas Habberfield, Matthew Morgan

SCORERS P: Biggar Red Card Evans

Referee: Romain Poite (Fra)

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 13 - 3 CASTRES Castres Olympique

Franklin's Gardens - Friday 17 January 2014
KO: 20:00 HT: 3-0 Att: 12,302

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: Fa'atoina Autagavaia, Jamie Elliott, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North, Steve Myler, Lee Dickson, Alex Waller, Dylan Hartley (c), Salesi Ma'afu, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Calum Clark, Tom Wood, Samu Manoa BENCH: Mikey Haywood, Ethan Waller, Gareth Denman, Sam Dickinson, Phil Dowson, Kahn Fotuali'i, Glenn Dickson, Ken Pisi

SCORERS T: Tusi Pisi C: Glenn Dickson P: Myler (2)

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE: Brice Dulin, Marcel Garvey, Romain Cabannes (c), Remi Lamerat, Remi Grosso, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Julien Tomas, Yannick Forestier, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Anton Peikrishvili, Christophe Samson, Richie Gray, Mathieu Babillot, Jannie Bornman, Piula Faasalele BENCH: Saimone Taumoepeau, Antonie Claassen, Mihaita Lazar, Benjamin Desroche, Yannick Caballero, Rory Kockott, Paul Bonnefond, Pierre-Gilles Lakafia

SCORERS P: Kockott

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ire)

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POOL 2Heineken Cup Round 6 Pool 2

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 13 - 19 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 18 January 2014
KO: 15:40 HT: 10-13 Att: 12,125

CARDIFF BLUES: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Gavin Evans, Dafydd Hewitt, Chris Czekaj, Gareth Davies, Lloyd Williams, Sam Hobbs (c), Kristian Dacey, Benoit Bourrust, Chris Dicomidis, Filo Paulo, Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Robin Copeland BENCH: Marc Breeze, Tom Davies, Scott Andrews, James Down, Rory Watts-Jones, Lewis Jones, Dan Fish, Richard Smith

SCORERS T: Cuthbert C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (2)

EXETER CHIEFS: Luke Arscott, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Sam Hill, Henry Slade, Matt Jess, Gareth Steenson, Dave Lewis, Carl Rimmer, Jack Yeandle, Alex Brown, Dean Mumm (c), Damian Welch, Dave Ewers, Don Armand, Kai Horstmann BENCH: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Greg Bateman, Lloyd Fairbrother, Ben White, James Phillips, Will Chudley, Ceri Sweeney, Jason Shoemark

SCORERS T: Armand C: Steenson P: Steenson (3) Yellow Card Lewis

Referee: John Lacey (Ire)

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 8 - 15 TOULONToulon

Scotstoun Stadium - Saturday 18 January 2014
KO: 15:40 HT: 3-6 Att: 6,541

GLASGOW WARRIORS: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Alex Dunbar, Niko Matawalu, Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos, Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Leone Nakarawa, Tim Swinson, James Eddie, Chris Fusaro (c), Ryan Wilson BENCH: Doug Hall, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Ed Kalman, Tom Ryder, Tyrone Holmes, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Weir, Richie Vernon

SCORERS T: Fusaro P: Jackson Yellow Card Matawalu

TOULON: Delon Armitage, Drew Mitchell, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, David Smith, Jonny Wilkinson (c), Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Andrew Sheridan, Craig Burden, Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha, Jocelino Suta, Juan Smith, Joe van Niekerk, Steffon Armitage BENCH: Jean-Charles Orioli, Xavier Chiocci, Levan Chilachava, Virgile Bruni, Rudi Wulf, Maxime Mermoz, Frederic Michalak, Konstantine Mikautadze

SCORERS P: Wilkinson (5) Yellow Card Tillous-Borde

Referee: JP Doyle (Eng)

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POOL 3Heineken Cup Round 6 Pool 3

SaracensSARACENS 64 - 6 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Allianz Park - Saturday 18 January 2014
KO: 13:35 HT: 18-6 Att: 9,614

SARACENS: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Duncan Taylor, Brad Barritt, David Strettle, Charlie Hodgson, Richard Wigglesworth, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Steve Borthwick (c), George Kruis, Billy Vunipola, Kelly Brown, Ernst Joubert BENCH: Jamie George, Richard Barrington, James Johnston, Alistair Hargreaves, Jackson Wray, Neil de Kock, Owen Farrell, Chris Wyles

SCORERS T: Ashton (2), Strettle (3), Brits, Goode, Kruis, Wyles, Wray, Johnston C: Hodgson (3) P: Hodgson

CONNACHT RUGBY: Gavin Duffy, Fionn Carr, Robbie Henshaw, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Nathan White, Michael Swift, Craig Clarke (c), Andrew Browne, Jake Heenan, John Muldoon BENCH: Jason Harris Wright, Denis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Mick Kearney, George Naoupu, Paul O'Donohoe, Darragh Leader, Tiernan O'Halloran

SCORERS P: Parks (2) Yellow Card White

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wal)

 

ZebreZEBRE 6 - 16 TOULOUSEToulouse

Stadio XXV Aprile - Saturday 18 January 2014
KO: 14:35 HT: 3-10 Att: 2,150

ZEBRE: Ruggero Trevisan, Leonardo Sarto, Kameli Ratuvou, Gonzalo Garcia, Dion Berryman, Luciano Orquera, Brendon Leonard, Matias Aguero, Tommaso D'Apice , Dario Chistolini, Quintin Geldenhuys (c), George Biagi, Mauro Bergamasco, Dries van Schalkwyk, Samu Vunisa BENCH: Luciano Leibson, Andrea de Marchi, Luca Redolfini, Emiliano Caffini, Filippo Cristiano, Alberto Chillon, Roberto Quartaroli, Gullo Palazzani

SCORERS P: Orquera (2) Yellow Card van Schalkwyk, Bergamasco

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Vincent Clerc, Yann David , Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Jean-Marc Doussain, Sébastien Bézy, Schalk Ferreira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Census Johnston, Yoann Maestri, Joe Tekori, Yannick Nyanga, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Louis Picamoles BENCH: Christopher Tolofua, Cyril Baille, Yohan Montes, Romain Millo-Chluski, Yacouba Camara, Jano Vermaak, Clément Poitrenaud, Timoci Matanavou

SCORERS T: Bezy C: Doussain P: Doussain (2), Bezy

Referee: Dudley Philipps (Ire)

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POOL 4Heineken Cup Round 6 Pool 4

ScarletsSCARLETS 20 - 22 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Parc y Scarlets - Sunday 19 January 2014
KO: 15:00 HT: 15-14 Att: 7,516

SCARLETS: Aled Thomas, Kristian Phillips, Gareth Maule, Scott Williams, Jordan Williams, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Davies, Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Samson Lee, George Earle, Jake Ball, Aaron Shingler, John Barclay, Rob McCusker (c) BENCH: Ken Owens, Rob Evans, Jacobie Adriaanse, Johan Snyman, Josh Turnbull, Rhodri Williams, Aaron Warren, Gareth Owen

SCORERS T: Davies, Shingler, Scott Williams C: Priestland P: Priestland Yellow Card Shingler

HARLEQUINS: Mike Brown, Ollie Lindsay- Hague, Matt Hopper, Tim Molenaar, Ugo Monye, Nick Evans, Karl Dickson, Joe Marler, Dave Ward, Will Collier, Nick Kennedy, George Robson, Luke Wallace, Chris Robshaw (c), Nick Easter BENCH: Joe Gray, Mark Lambert, Paul Doran-Jones, Charlie Matthews, Tom Guest, Sam Stuart, Ben Botica, Tom Williams

SCORERS T: Brown, Lindsay-Hague, Dickson C: Evans (2) P: Botica

Referee: Jerome Garces (Fra)

 

ASM Clermont AuvergneCLERMONT 15 - 14 RACING MÉTRO 92Racing Metro

Stade Marcel Michelin - Sunday 19 January 2014
KO: 16:00 HT: 14-3 Att: 17,341

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE: Lee Byrne, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurélien Rougerie (c), Wesley Fofana, Naipolioni Nalaga, Mike Delany, Ludovic Radoslavjevic , Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Clément Ric, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Gerhard Vosloo, Alexandre Lapandry, Fritz Lee BENCH: Ti'i Paulo, Raphael Chaume, Vincent Debaty, Julien Pierre, Damien Chouly, Morgan Parra, Benson Stanley, Jean-Marcellin Buttin

SCORERS T: Lee, Vosloo (2), Debaty C: Delany (4)

RACING METRO 92: Benjamin Fall, Juan Imhoff, Fabrice Estebanez, Jamie Roberts, Marc Andreu, Juan Martin Hernandez, Maxime Machenaud, Julien Brugnaut, Dimitri Szarzewski (c), Brian Mujati, Francois van der Merwe, Karim Ghezal, Bernard Le Roux, Camille Gerondeau, Jone Qovu Nailiko BENCH: Jeremie Maurouard, Davit Khinchagishvili, Luc Ducalcon, Jacques Cronje, Dan Lydiate, Laurent Magnaval, Benjamin Dambielle, Alexandre Dumoulin

SCORERS P: Machenaud Yellow Card le Roux, Szarzewski, Ducalcon

Referee: Greg Garner (Eng)

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POOL 5Heineken Cup Round 6 Pool 5

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 19 - 22 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Welford Road - Saturday 18 January 2014
KO: 18:00 HT: 9-9 Att: 24,000

LEICESTER TIGERS: Matthew Tait, Niall Morris, Matt Smith, Anthony Allen, Vereniki Goneva, Toby Flood (c), Ben Youngs, Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Ed Slater, Graham Kitchener, Jamie Gibson, Julian Salvi, Jordan Crane BENCH: Rob Hawkins, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Louis Deacon, Steve Mafi, David Mele, Owen Williams, Scott Hamilton

SCORERS T: Morris C: Flood P: Flood (4)

ULSTER RUGBY: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Callum Black, Rory Best, John Afoa, Johann Muller (c), Dan Tuohy, Roger Wilson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams BENCH: Rob Herring, Tom Court, Ricky Lutton, Iain Henderson, Robbie Diack, Paul Marshall, David McIlwaine, Michael Allen

SCORERS T: Pienaar C: Pienaar P: Pienaar (5)

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal)

 

MontpellierMONTPELLIER 24 - 6 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Stade Yves-du-Manoir - Saturday 18 January 2014
KO: 19:00 HT: 10-0 Att: 4,970

MONTPELLIER: Anthony Floch, Rene Ranger, Anthony Tuitavke, Thomas Combezou, Lucas Dupont, Francois Trinh-Duc (c), Eric Escande, Mikheil Nariashvili, Thomas Bianchin, Nicolas Mas, Jim Hamilton, Mickael Demarco, Alexandre Bias, Mamuka Gorgodze, Johnnie Beattie BENCH: Charles Geli, Maximiliano Bustos, Paea Fa'anunu, Fred Quercy, Thibaut Privat, Ilian Perraux, Pierre Berard, Yoan Audrin

SCORERS T: Ranger, Gorgodze, Dupont, Berard C: Escande (2) Yellow Card Geli

BENETTON TREVISO: Luke McLean, Ludovico Nitoglia, Michele Campagnaro, Andrea Pratichetti, Angelo Esposito, James Ambrosini, Tobias Botes, Alberto de Marchi, Franco Sbaraglini, Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, Marco Fuser, Valerio Bernabo (c), Christian Loamanu, Paul Derbyshire, Marco Filippucci BENCH: Enrico Ceccato, Michele Rizzo, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Francesco Minto, Alessandro Zanni, Fabio Semenzato, Alberto Di Bernardo

SCORERS P: Botes (2) Yellow Card Filippucci, Cittadini

Referee: Ian Davies (Wal)

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POOL 6Heineken Cup Round 6 Pool 6

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 38 - 6 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Thomond Park - Sunday 19 January 2014
KO: 12:45 HT: 12-6 Att: 25,600

MUNSTER RUGBY: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony (c), Tommy O'Donnell, James Coughlan BENCH: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo

SCORERS T: Coughlan, Murphy, Murray, O'Mahony, Zebo, Jones C: Keatley (4)

EDINBURGH RUGBY: Jack Cuthbert, Douglas Fife, Nick De Luca, Ben Atiga, Tom Brown, Greig Tonks, Greig Laidlaw (c), Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Izak Van Der Westhuizen, Cornell Du Preez, Roddy Grant, David Denton BENCH: Aleki Lutui, Lodewicus Blaauw, Geoff Cross, Ollie Atkins, Tomas Leonardi, Grayson Hart, Carl Bezuidenhout, Joaquin Dominguez

SCORERS P: Laidlaw (2) Yellow Card du Preez, Cross

Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)

 

PerpignanPERPIGNAN 18 - 36 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Stade Aimé Giral - Sunday 19 January 2014
KO: 13:45 HT: 10-19 Att: 7,235

PERPIGNAN: Joffrey Michel, Tommaso Benvenuti, David Marty (c), Sione Piukala, Watisoni Votu, Sofiane Guitoune, Tom Ecochard, Sébastien Taofifenua, Romain Terrain, Paulica Ion, Dan Leo, Romain Taofifenua, Justin Purll, Luke Narraway, Karl Chateau BENCH: Maxime Delonca, George Jgenti, Sona Taumalolo, Jean-Pierre Perez, Nicolas Durand, Lifeimi Mafi, Jens Torfs, Alasdair Strokosch

SCORERS T: Piukala, Chateau C: Ecochard P: Ecochard (2) Yellow Card Jgenti

GLOUCESTER RUGBY: Rob Cook, Charlie Sharples, Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees (c), Shane Monahan, Freddie Burns, Dan Robson, Yann Thomas, Huia Edmonds, Sila Puafisi, Elliot Stooke, James Hudson, Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans BENCH: Daniel George, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Will James, Sione Kalafamoni, Jimmy Cowan, Martyn Thomas, Ben Morgan

SCORERS T: May, Monahan (2), Sharples, Morgan C: Burns (4) DG: Burns

Referee: George Clancy (Ire)

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ERC Round 5

As the dust settles on another pulsating weekend of fast and furious action, no club is yet assured of a home Heineken Cup quarter-final going into Round 6 of Europe's premier club rugby tournament.

While Ulster Rugby, reigning champions Toulon, Toulouse, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Munster Rugby and Leicester Tigers are all guaranteed coveted places in the last eight, the battle is now on for both the remaining two quarter-final spots and to determine which of the four clubs will have home advantage next April.

As many as 18 Heineken Cup clubs are still in contention for European silverware as the journey to Cardiff for the 2014 finals gains further momentum. Not alone are Heineken Cup quarter-final places on the line, the third, fourth and fifth best pool runners-up will book quarter-final slots in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

With €7 million (euro) to be shared in meritocracy payments among the countries of the clubs who qualify for the knockout stages of ERC's tournaments, the stakes are as high as ever as Round 6 approaches.

Leicester and Ulster are set for what promises to be a titanic struggle at Welford Road next Saturday to decide who tops Pool 5, while three-time tournament winners, Leinster, need just one point from their game against Ospreys at the RDS to clinch Pool 1. If Saracens manage to see off the challenge Connacht Rugby at Alliianz Park next Saturday, they will join Toulouse as qualifiers from Pool 3.

Meanwhile, Northampton Saints are still in the mix to secure their place in the last eight, but they will probably need to defeat Castres Olympique with a bonus point at Franklin's Gardens in their final Pool 1 fixture and hope that Leinster slip up.

Northampton are also in contention for Amlin Challenge Cup qualification along with Cardiff Blues, Edinburgh Rugby, Harlequins, Connacht Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Scarlets, Gloucester Rugby, Exeter Chiefs and Castres.

POOL 1 Heineken Cup Round 5 Pool 1

OspreysOSPREYS 17 - 29 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Liberty Stadium - Sunday 12 January 2014
KO: 12:45 HT: 3-12 Att: 8,347

OSPREYS: Richard Fussell, Jeff Hassler, Thomas Isaacs, Jonathan Spratt, Aisea Natoga, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard, Aaron Jarvis, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Sam Lewis, Justin Tipuric, Joe Bearman BENCH: Scott Baldwin, Duncan Jones, Adam Jones, James King, Morgan Allen, Tom Habberfield, Sam Davies, Ben John

SCORERS T: Webb, Alun Wyn Jones C: Biggar (2) P: Biggar Yellow Card Bevington, Natoga

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: Tom Collins, Jamie Elliott, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North, Stephen Myler, Kahn Fotuali’i, Alex Waller, Dylan Hartley, Salesi Ma'afu, Courtney Lawes, Chris Day, Calum Clark, Tom Wood, Samu Manoa BENCH: Mike Haywood, Ethan Waller, Tom Mercey, Sam Dickinson, Phil Dowson, Lee Dickson, Glenn Dickson, Fa'atoina Autagavaia

SCORERS T: North, Pisi, Glenn Dickson C: Glenn Dickson P: Myler (4) Yellow Card Day

Heineken Man of the Match: George North (Northampton Saints)

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra)

 

Castres OlympiqueCASTRES OLYMPIQUE 22 - 29 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Stade Pierre Antoine - Sunday 12 January 2014
KO: 13:45 HT: 17-12 Att: 8,082

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE: Brice Dulin, Max Evans, Seremaia Bai, Remy Lamerat, Remy Grosso, Remi Tales, Cédric Garcia, Yannick Forestier, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Karena Wihongi, Christophe Samson, Richie Gray, Mathieu Babillot, Ibrahim Diarra, Piula Faasalele BENCH: Brice Mach, Hai Lazar, Anton Peikrishvili, Benjamin Desroches, Yannick Caballero, Julien Tomas, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Marcel Garvey

SCORERS T: Gray, Dulin, Lamerat C: Garcia (2) P: Garcia

LEINSTER RUGBY: Rob Kearney, David Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Jimmy Gopperth, Eoin Reddan, Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Jordi Murphy, Jamie Heaslip BENCH: Aaron Dundon, Cian Healy, Martin Moore, Leo Cullen, Shane Jennings, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Zane Kirchner

SCORERS T: Gopperth (2), Murphy C: Gopperth P: Gopperth (3) DG: Rob Kearney Yellow Card Cronin

Heineken Man of the Match: Rob Kearney (Leinster Rugby)

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal)

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POOL 2Heineken Cup Round 5 Pool 2

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 10 - 15 GLASGOW Glasgow Warriors

Sandy Park Stadium - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-12 Att: 6,978

EXETER CHIEFS: Luke Arscott, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Sireli Naqelevuki, Sam Hill, Matt Jess, Henry Slade, Dave Lewis, Carl Rimmer, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Alex Brown, Damian Welch, James Hanks, Tom Johnson, James Scaysbrook, Kai Horstmann BENCH: Greg Bateman, Ben Moon, Lloyd Fairbrother, Romana Graham, Don Armand, Will Chudley, Ceri Sweeney, Ian Whitten

SCORERS T: Vainikolo C: Slade P: Slade

GLASGOW WARRIORS: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Alex Dunbar, Sean Lamont, Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos, Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Ed Kalman, Tim Swinson, Tom Ryder, Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Josh Strauss BENCH: Pat MacArthur, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Jon Welsh, Leone Nakarawa, James Eddie, Ryan Wilson, Nikola Matawalu, Duncan Weir

SCORERS T: Maitland, Lamont C: Hogg P: Hogg

Heineken Man of the Match: Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)

Referee: George Clancy (Ire)

 

ToulonTOULON 43 - 20 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Allianz Riviera - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 16:40 HT: 15-13 Att: 31,170

TOULON: Drew Mitchell, Rudi Wulf, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, David Smith, Jonny Wilkinson, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Andrew Sheridan, Craig Burden, Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha, Jocelino Suta, Juan Smith, Joe Van Niekerk, Steffon Armitage BENCH: Jean Charles Orioli, Florian Fresia, Martin Castrogiovanni, Pierrick Gunther, Delon Armitage, Maxime Mermoz, Frederic Michalak, Konstantin Mikautadze

SCORERS T: PT (3), David Smith C: Wilkinson (4) P: Wilkinson (5)

CARDIFF BLUES: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Richard Smith, Gavin Evans, Chris Czekaj, Gareth Davies, Lloyd Williams, Gethin Jenkins, Marc Breeze, Benoit Bourrust, Chris Dicomidis, Filo Paulo, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Robin Copeland BENCH: Rhys Williams, Sam Hobbs, Scott Andrews, James Down, Ellis Jenkins, Lewis Jones, Dafydd Hewitt, Dan Fish

SCORERS T: Paulo, Hobbs C: Halfpenny (2) P: Halfpenny (2) Yellow Card Czekaj, Bourrust, Ellis Jenkins, Copeland

Heineken Man of the Match: David Smith (Toulon)

Referee: Greg Garner (Eng)

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POOL 3 Heineken Cup Round 5 Pool 3

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 20 - 3 ZEBREZebre

The Sportsground - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 15:40 HT: 13-3 Att: 5,217

CONNACHT RUGBY: Darragh Leader, Fionn Carr, Robbie Henshaw, Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Nathan White, Michael Kearney, Andrew Browne, John Muldoon, Jake Heenan, Eoin McKeon BENCH: Jason Harris-Wright, Dennis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Michael Swift, George Naoupu, Paul O'Donohoe, Dan Parks, Gavin Duffy

SCORERS T: Healy, Henshaw C: Carty (2) P: Carty (2)

ZEBRE: Guglielmo Palazzani, Giulio Toniolatti, Kameli Ratuvou, Gonzalo Garcia, Dion Berryman, Luciano Orquera, Alberto Chillon, Matias Aguero, Davide Giazzon, Dario Chistolini, Quintin Geldenhuys, George Biagi, Filippo Ferrarini, Dries van Schalkwyk, Samuela Vunisa BENCH: Tommaso d'Apice, Andrea De Marchi, Dave Ryan, Marco Bortolami, Nicola Cattina, Roberto Quartaroli, Ruggero Trevisan, David Odiete

SCORERS P: Orquera Yellow Card Ferranini

Heineken Man of the Match: Matt Healy (Connacht Rugby)

Referee: Neil Paterson (Sco)

 

ToulouseTOULOUSE 22 - 11 SARACENSSaracens

Stade Ernest Wallon - Sunday 12 January 2014
KO: 16:00 HT: 12-8 Att: 18,838

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Yoann Huget, Yann David, Clement Poitrenaud, Hosea Gear, Jean-Marc Doussain, Jano Vermaak, Schalk Ferreira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Census Johnston, Yoann Maestri, Patricio Albacete, Yannick Nyanga, Thierry Dusautoir, Louis Picamoles BENCH: Christopher Tolofua, Gurthro Steenkamp, Yohann Montes, Romain Millo-Chluski, Joe Tekori, Sebastien Bezy, Gael Fickou, Yacouba Camara

SCORERS P: Doussain (7)

SARACENS: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Chris Wyles, Brad Barritt, David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Neil de Kock, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, James Johnston, Steve Borthwick, Alistair Hargreaves, Jackson Wray, Kelly Brown, Billy Vunipola BENCH: Jamie George, Richard Barrington, Matt Stevens, George Kruis, Ernst Joubert, Richard Wigglesworth, Charlie Hodgson, Duncan Taylor

SCORERS T: Ashton P: Farrell (2) Yellow Card Mako Vunipola

Heineken Man of the Match: Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse)

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ire)

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POOL 4 Heineken Cup Round 5 Pool 4

Racing MetroRACING MÉTRO 92 13 - 19 SCARLETSScarlets

Stade Yves-du-Manoir (Colombes) - Friday 10 January 2014
KO: 21:00 HT: 10-6 Att: 6,658

RACING MÉTRO 92: Benjamin Fall, Juan Imhoff, Henry Chavancy, Juan Martin Hernandez, Marc Andreu, Jonny Sexton, Mike Phillips, Julien Brugnaut, Virgile Lacombe, Brian Mujati, Karim Ghezal, Fabrice Metz, Antoine Battut, Dan Lydiate, Jacques Cronje BENCH: Jeremie Maurouard, Soane Tonga'uiha, Luc Ducalcon, Juandre Kruger, Camille Gerondeau, Maxime Machenaud, Benjamin Dambielle, Fabrice Estebanez

SCORERS T: Phillips C: Sexton P: Sexton, Hernandez

SCARLETS: Aled Thomas, Kristian Phillips, Nic Reynolds, Scott Williams, Frazier Climo, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Davies, Rob Evans, Emyr Phillips, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Johan Snyman, Aaron Shingler, John Barclay, Rob McCusker BENCH: Kirby Myhill, Shaun Hopkins, Jacobie Adriaanse, Richard Kelly, Josh Turnbull, Rhodri Williams, Gareth Maule, Jordan Williams

SCORERS T: Kristian Phillips C: Priestland P: Priestland (4)

Heineken Man of the Match: Rhys Priestland (Scarlets)

Referee: Luke Pearce (Eng)

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 13 - 16 CLERMONT AUVERGNEASM Clermont Auvergne

The Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 13:35 HT: 13-3 Att: 12,816

HARLEQUINS: Mike Brown, Charlie Walker, Matt Hopper, Tim Molenaar, Ugo Monye, Nick Evans, Danny Care, Joe Marler, David Ward, Will Collier, Nick Kennedy, George Robson, Luke Wallace, Chris Robshaw, Nick Easter BENCH: Joe Gray, Mark Lambert, Paul Doran-Jones, Charlie Matthews, Tom Guest, Karl Dickson, Ben Botica, Ollie Lindsay-Hague

SCORERS T: Hopper C: Evans P: Evans (2)

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE: Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Naipolioni Nalaga, Brock James, Morgan Parra, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bardy, Alexandre Lapandry, Fritz Lee BENCH: Ti’i Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Clement Ric, Julien Pierre, Gerhard Vosloo, Ludovic Radosavljevic, Mike Delany, Benson Stanley

SCORERS T: Nalaga, Sivivatu P: James (2)

Heineken Man of the Match: David Ward (Harlequins)

Referee: John Lacey (Ire)

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POOL 5 Heineken Cup Round 5 Pool 5

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 27 - 16 MONTPELLIERMontpellier

Ravenhill - Friday 10 January 2014
KO: 20:00 HT: 17-13 Att: 14,000

ULSTER RUGBY: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa, Johann Muller, Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams BENCH: Rob Herring, Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Iain Henderson, Roger Wilson, Sean Doyle, Paul Marshall, Mike Allen

SCORERS T: Diack, Pienaar, Afoa C: Pienaar (3) P: Pienaar (2)

MONTPELLIER: Anthony Floch, Yohann Artru, Anthony Tuitavake, Thomas Combezou, Lucas Dupont, Enzo Selponi, Eric Escande, Naama Leleimalefaga, Charles Geli, Maximiliano Bustos, Mickael De Marco, Robins Tchale-Watchou, Kelian Galletier, Alexandre Bias, Johnnie Beattie BENCH: Mickael Ivaldi, Mikheil Nariashvili, Paea Fa'anunu, Yvan Watremez, Fred Quercy, Benoit Paillaugue, Pierre Berard, Timoci Nagusa

SCORERS T: Tchale-Watchou C: Escande P: Escande (3)

Heineken Man of the Match: Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby)

Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 19 - 34 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Stadio Comunale di Monigo - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 14:35 HT: 13-8 Att: 4,425

BENETTON TREVISO: Brendan Williams, Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Andrea Pratichetti, Luke McLean, Mathew Berquist, Edoardo Gori, Michele Rizzo, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Valerio Bernabo, Christian Loamanu, Paul Derbyshire, Robert Barbieri BENCH: Franco Sbaraglini, Alberto De Marchi, Pedro Di Santo, Marco Fuser, Marco Filippucci, Francesco Minto, Fabio Semenzato, James Ambrosini

SCORERS T: Cittadini C: Berquist P: Berquist (4) Yellow Card Williams

LEICESTER TIGERS: Mathew Tait, Niall Morris, Vereniki Goneva, Toby Flood, Miles Benjamin, Owen Williams, Ben Youngs, Marcos Ayerza, Neil Briggs, Dan Cole, Louis Deacon, Sebastian De Chaves, Jamie Gibson, Julian Salvi, Thomas Waldrom BENCH: Rob Hawkins, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Steve Mafi, Jordan Crane, David Mele, Anthony Allen, Matt Smith

SCORERS T: Salvi, Benjamin (2), PT C: Mélé P: Williams, Mélé (3)

Heineken Man of the Match: Miles Benjamin (Leicester Tigers)

Referee: Romain Poite (Fra)

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POOL 6 Heineken Cup Round 5 Pool 6

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 27 - 16 PERPIGNANPerpignan

Murrayfield - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 18:00 HT: 13-6 Att: 5,061

EDINBURGH RUGBY: Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife, Nick De Luca, Ben Atiga, Tom Brown, Greig Tonks, Greig Laidlaw, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Izak van der Westhuizen, Cornell Du Preez, Roddy Grant, Dave Denton BENCH: Aleki Lutui, Wicus Blaauw, Geoff Cross, Oliver Atkins, Tomas Leonardi, Grayson Hart, Carl Bezuidenhout, Joaquin Dominguez

SCORERS T: Brown, du Preez, Fife C: Laidlaw (3) P: Laidlaw (2)

PERPIGNAN: James Hook, Richard Haughton, Lifeimi Mafi, Sione Piukala, Wandie Mjekevu, Tommaso Allan, Dewaldt Duvenage, Sona Taumalolo, Guilhem Guirado, Paulica Ion, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Luke Charteris, Daniel Leo, Jean-Pierre Perez, Karl Chateau BENCH: Maxime Delonca, Jean-Baptiste Custoja, Kisi Pulu, Luke Narraway, Tom Ecochard, David Marty, Joffrey Michel, Guillaume Vilaceca

SCORERS T: Delonca C: Hook P: Hook (3) Yellow Card Guirado

Heineken Man of the Match: David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ire)

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 7 - 20 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Kingsholm - Saturday 11 January 2014
KO: 18:00 HT: 7-10 Att: 16,121

GLOUCESTER RUGBY: Martyn Thomas, Charlie Sharples, Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees, Shane Monahan, Freddie Burns, Dan Robson, Yann Thomas, Darren Dawidiuk, Sila Puafisi, Elliot Stooke, James Hudson, Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans BENCH: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Tom Hicks, Sione Kalamafoni, Tavis Knoyle, Rob Cook, Ben Morgan

SCORERS T: Sharples C: Burns

MUNSTER RUGBY: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, BJ Botha, Dave Foley, Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony, Tommy O'Donnell, James Coughlan BENCH: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo

SCORERS T: Earls, O'Mahony C: Keatley (2) P: Keatley (2)

Heineken Man of the Match: Paul O’Connell (Munster Rugby)

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wal)

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ERC Round 4


Heineken Rugby Show 2

 


POOL 1Heineken Cup Round 4 Pool 1

Ospreys OSPREYS 21 - 12 CASTRES OLYMPIQUECastres Olympique

Liberty Stadium - Friday 13 December 2013
KO: 20:00 HT: 12-12 Att: tbc
Ospreys P: Biggar (7)
Castres P: Kockott (4) Yellow Card Talès

IT was a mediocre match where all the points came through the battle of the boots, eventually won by Dan Biggar who kicked the Ospreys to a 7-penalty first win of this season's Heineken Cup tournament.

Only Leinster and Saracens have won at the Liberty in the last eight seasons of European action and Toulouse are still the only French side to win at the ground after this stop-start affair.

Castres Olympique, 15-9 winners at Stade Pierre Antoine last weekend, kept in touch for most of a lack-lustre Pool 1 contest through the goal kicking of Rory Kockott , and at half time it was all square at 4-apiece. But ultimately the French went down 21-12 in a second defeat in a group dominated by former champions Leinster.

The Ospreys were largely playing for pride in front of their home fans and in the end Castres' poor record on the road - this was their 14th defeat in their last 15 away tournament matches - played a part in the Ospreys notching up another Liberty Stadium success.

 

Leinster Rugby LEINSTER 9 - 18 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Aviva Stadium - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 3-7 Att: tbc
Leinster P: Madigan (3)
Saints T: North, Elliott C: Myler P: Myler DG: Fotuali'i

 

IN a reversal of fortune for Northampton Saints from the previous week’s 33-point annihilation by Leinster Rugby, the Englanders arrived with vengeance foremost in their minds. Utilising incredible defence against a fired-up home crowd in Dublin, the Saints blasted away the Irish side’s 100% Pool 1 record in a nail-biting Aviva Stadium thriller, cutting Leinster's lead at the top of the group to just 4 points. The reigning Amlin Challenge Cup champions were playing their 125th tournament match but suffered only their second defeat from their last 17 home contests.

British & Irish Lions star George North scored the first of only two tries after 5 minutes, deftly converted by Stephen Myler, even though the latter had a rotten day with the boot. The second came at the other end of the match, after Jamie Elliott performed a breath-taking 100m sprint from one tryline to the other by in the 81st minute.

The stats belie observation, with Leinster dominating both possession and territory, but it appeared that the Saints were far ahead on both counts. USA Eagles No8 Samu Manoa was deservedly awarded Man of the Match following an immense performance, though it could just as well have gone to the talismanic captain, Dylan Hartley. The visiting team gelled from the outset, in stark contrast from last week, and were the epitome of a well-oiled rugby machine in every aspect, having paid clear attention to the previous match’s deficits. Not many clubs have managed to forge a way through Leinster’s near impenetrable centre partnership, and though the homeside did not look particularly deficient, Northampton rattled their cage enough to cause rifts and take advantage.

The score was 3-7 by the 10th minute, and remained there through half time. Leinster kept in touch to within a point at 6-7 until the final quarter, both sides illustrating impressive resilience in defence under huge pressure, not surprisingly resulting in a high penalty count on both sides with Leinster at 13 and Saints 10. But lucky for Leinster, Myler missed 2 of 3 penalty kicks at the uprights as well as a conversion. Meanwhile, replacement Kahn Fotuali’i arrived on the paddock and kicked over a sublime drop goal in the 78th minute, taking the score to 9-13.

Ian Madigan maintained a 100% record for the homeside, but it was not enough; every time Leinster neared the tryline, Saints’ defence held them out, even at the death as wave upon wave attacked the width of the whitewash. Jamie Heaslip made the final charge on the line as the clock turned red but he slipped up, allowing Elliott to collect and charge for sweet revenge for the pain of the previous week, ending the game with a 18-9 win.

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POOL 2Heineken Cup Round 4 Pool 2

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 7 - 9 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Scotstoun Stadium - Friday 13 December 2013
KO: 20:00 HT: 0-6 Att: tbc
Warriors T: Grant C: Weir
Blues P: Patchell, Halfpenny (2) Yellow Card Hobbs

CARDIFF BLUES took top spot in Pool 2 with a second straight win over Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Friday night. The Welsh side edged a tense encounter 9-7 as they backed up last week's 29-20 success at the Arms Park to make it three wins in four in Europe. They now sit 3 points clear of Heineken Cup holders RC Toulon ahead of the French side's home tie with Exeter Chiefs at the Stade Felix Mayol on Saturday.

A huge early penalty from Rhys Patchell and another in either half from Leigh Halfpenny gave the Blues a deserved win against a Glasgow side who struggled to build any momentum throughout. A late converted try from prop Ryan Grant gave the home team hope with 9 minutes left but Duncan Weir missed a chance to win it for the Warriors when he pushed a long-range penalty wide of the posts with a minute-and-a-half remaining.

 

ToulonTOULON 32 - 20 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Stade Félix Mayol - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 14:35 HT: 15-10 Att: tbc
Toulon T: David Smith (2), Chiocci, Wilkinson C: Giteau (3) P: Giteau (2)
Chiefs T: Armand, White C: Slade, Sweeney P: Slade (2)

TOULON returned to the top of Pool 2 after a bonus point win over battling Exeter Chiefs, maintaining their unbeaten run at Stade Mayol in the Heineken Cup. The second of David Smith’s tries was quite obviously the result of a forward pass, but referee John Lacey decided not, and was the 5 point difference at half time between the sides. Hot on the heels of their 14-9 defeat against the reigning champions at Sandy Park, the Chiefs put in another great performance and were still within 5 points of their hosts moving into the final quarter, despite Chiocci’s 64th minute try. But Jonny Wilkinson came onto the field in the second half and immediately grabbed the bonus point try that put the game beyond the visitors. Even though they were down, the Chiefs were not out and they ended the scoring with a Ben White consolation try that showed off their character. 

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POOL 3Heineken Cup Round 4 Pool 3

SaracensSARACENS 64 - 3 ZEBRE Zebre

Allianz Park - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 15:00 HT: 29-3 Att: tbc
Saracens T: Strettle, Burger, George, Wigglesworth, Ransom, Taylor (2), Billy Vunipola, Ashton C: Farrell (8) P: Farrell Yellow Card Wray
Zebre P: Orquera Yellow Card Cattina

SARACENS turned on the style to celebrate their first Heineken Cup contest at Allianz Park by running riot with nine tries and sent Zebre crashing to a heavy Pool 3 defeat, with Luciano Orquera only managing to convert one of two penalties to give the visitors a paltry 3 points. Farrell marshalled the north London side to the win, and it took them only 26 minutes to secure the bonus point through Richard Wigglesworth’s try set up by Chris Ashton and Duncan Taylor, who each later scored their own. England's newest No8 bulldozed his way over for try number 8. The try bonus point swept Sarries up to 15 points, with their trip to Toulouse in Round 5 in the New Year set to decide the group winner and with it automatic knock-out stage qualification.

 

Connacht Rugby CONNACHT RUGBY 9 - 37 TOULOUSE Toulouse

The Sportsground - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 9-22 Att: tbc
Connacht P: Parks DG: Parks (2)
Toulouse T: Médard (2), Tolofua, Picamoles, Fickou C: Beauxis (3) P: Beauxis (2)

TOULOUSE got their quest for a fifth Heineken Cup crown back on track with a bonus-point win over Connacht in Galway. The Irish outfit had stunned the continent's most-successful side by winning 16-14 at the Stade Ernest Wallon last Sunday but a much-improved Toulouse ensured there would be no repeat at the Sportsground. Connacht’s Dan Parks opened the scoring in the second minute with a penalty, followed up with two drop goals. But the early lead was lost after just 4 minutes by Lionel Beauxis. Toulouse scored five tries in a 37-9 success with Maxime Médard grabbing a brace and Christopher Tolofua also touching down in the first half, with Louis Picamoles crossing after the interval and Gael Fickou scoring at the death. Beauxis added 12 points with the boot courtesy of two penalties and three conversions as Toulouse regained top spot in Pool 3 after Saracens had leapfrogged them earlier in the day with another big win over Zebre.

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POOL 4Heineken Cup Round 4 Pool 4

ScarletsSCARLETS 13 - 31 CLERMONT AUVERGNEASM Clermont Auvergne

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 15:40 HT: 13-10 Att: tbc
Scarlets T: Maule C: Priestland P: Priestland (2)
Clermont T: Nalaga (2), PT, Lee C: Delany, James (3) P: Delany Yellow Card Rougerie

NAPOLIONI NALAGA scored one of the fastest tries in Heineken Cup history as ASM Clermont-Auvergne took control of Pool 4 with a bonus-point victory at Scarlets. Nalaga pounced after just 17 seconds for the first of his two tries that secured victory at Parc Y Scarlets. The power of the French scrum also proved decisive after winning a penalty try while replacement Fritz Lee stepped off the bench to score. The result means Clermont are sure to end round 4 at least 3 points clear at the top of the pool while the Scarlets can now only realistically aim for second place and a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarters.

Clermont were unbeaten in five previous meetings with Scarlets and could not have got off to a better start when Josh Turnbull lost possession from the kick-off and Nalaga, who had scored twice in the home win the previous weekend, won the foot race for Thierry Lacrampe's kick. But the Scarlets recovered from what could have proved a knock-out blow and led 13-10 at half-time. Clermont lost their talismanic captain Aurélien Rougerie to the sin-bin for punching and Rhys Priestland kicked the resulting penalty. But three second half tries elevated the visitors to another level as they cleaned up winning it 21-0.

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 17 - 3 RACING MÉTRO 92Racing Metro

The Twickenham Stoop - Sunday 15 December 2013
KO: 12:45 HT: 14-0 Att: tbc
Harlequins T: Walker P: Evans (3), Botica
Racing P: Sexton Yellow Card Khinchagashvili

History has written no club has ever qualified for the quarter finals in the Heineken Cup after losing in the first two rounds, but it appears Harlequins are determined to buck the trend with back to back wins home and away in rounds 3 and 4 against Racing Métro 92. But what has also been proved is money does not buy wins.

The French side may have an open cheque book to recruit some of the classiest players in the world, but without the glue to bring about cohesion, 15 detached players do not make a team. Last week Quins destroyed Racing 32-8, and this week under quite horrid wet and slightly windy conditions, allowed the visitors just a 3-pointer, though British & Irish Lion Johnny Sexton did miss his first attempt to overcome the uprights.

Following a minute’s silence for Nelson Mandela, in a fraught and tempestuous match on Sunday afternoon Quins dominated possession and territory in the first half. Quins Academy recruit, 20 year old Charlie Walker who has already pulled on the England Rose for 7s and U20s, shone through with a stunning try, the only one of the match. Stalwart fly half Nick Evans did not have the best day with the boot, but still managed to work through his battered shoulder for the first half, clocking up three penalties before young Ben Botica took over in the second, who added a fourth to clock up 17 points for the homeside.

The convincing win takes Quins just 4 points short of Pool 4 leaders Clermont, and next up they face the Tournament favourites at home before heading to Wales to Scarlets for a final bid to qualify for the play offs.

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POOL 5Heineken Cup Round 4 Pool 5

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 3 - 35 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Stadio Comunale di Monigo - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 14:35 HT: 3-11 Att: tbc
Treviso P: di Bernardo Yellow Card Williams, McLean
Ulster T: Luke Marshall, Gilroy, Diack, Payne C: Jackson (3) P: Jackson (3)

ULSTER surged further ahead at the top of Pool 5 after they secured maximum points from their clash with Benetton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo on Saturday afternoon. The 1999 Heineken Cup winners scored four tries to claim a bonus point against the Italians for the second week running following the 48-0 thrashing in Belfast seven days ago. A hat-trick of second-half scores from Craig Gilroy, Robbie Diack and Jared Payne accompanied a late first-half effort from Luke Marshall as Ulster made it four wins from four games following earlier successes against Leicester Tigers and Montpellier, whilst Treviso could muster only a single 3-pointer. Ulster never looked like losing their unbeaten record once Marshall crossed 2 minutes before the break, but they left it late to grab the bonus point when Payne dived over with not much more than a minute remaining. Ulster Rugby remain the sole team still able to boast four from four ahead of the final two rounds of matches in the New Year.

 

Montpellier MONTPELLIER 14 - 15 LEICESTER TIGERS Leicester Tigers

Stade Yves-du-Manoir - Sunday 15 December 2013
KO: 16:00 HT: 0-0 Att: tbc
Montpellier T: Selphoni, Dupont C: Paillaugue, Escande
Tigers T: Tom Youngs, Goneva C: Lamb P: Lamb Yellow Card Benjamin

LEICESTER TIGERS broke French hearts in the 79th minute of a bizarre and dogged match -with a try from Niki Goneva- that completed a first half with the score at 0-0.

Montpellier had made 14 changes from the side who went down 41-32 at Welford Road, and when Tigers wing Miles Benjamin was shown a yellow card for a block on scrum half Benoit Paillaugue, the game opened up in the second quarter. Twice Montpellier got within 5 metres of the Tiger's line and wasted the opportunity. And a missed penalty at half time from Benoit Paillaugue could have been the difference before both sides trundled into the break scoreless.

Tigers thought they had eventually broken the deadlock on 47 minutes when Miles Benjamin went over in the corner after an initial break by Ben Youngs, but the TMO spotted a foot in touch. Two tries in 10 minutes from outside half Enzo Selponi and wing Lucas Dupont looked to have secured Montpellier the win after Tom Youngs had crossed for the visitors 50 minutes into the match. But Goneva closed the gap on Pool 5 leaders Ulster with his late try converted by replacement fly half Ryan Lamb (after Toby Flood went off with a suspected hamstring), the only time the Midlanders led during the 80 minutes.

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POOL 6Heineken Cup Round 4 Pool 6

Perpignan PERPIGNAN 17 - 18 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Stade Aimé Giral - Saturday 14 December 2013
KO: 16:40 HT: 9-3 Att: tbc
Perpignan T: Benvenuti P: Allan (4) Yellow Card Terrain
Munster T: PT, Hanrahan C: Keatley P: Keatley (2) Yellow Card O'Mahony

 A last-gasp try from JJ Hanrahan put Munster in pole position in Pool 6 after yet another thrilling Heineken Cup finish against Perpignan. The first half saw the homeside waltz into a 9-3 half time lead with three penalties form the boot of Tommy Allan, as compared to Ian Keatley’s one, made more painful for the visitors after Sean Dougal’s early try was disallowed for earlier obstruction. Italian international Tommaso Benvenuti looked to have dealt Munster's hopes of a third Heineken Cup crown a heavy blow when he crossed with less than 2 minutes remaining, but Rob Penney's men kept the ball alive from the restart, with Denis Hurley and Tommy O'Donnell setting up Hanrahan's heroics. With the clock already in the red at the Stade Aimé Giral, Hanrahan produced a stunning sidestep from 25 metres out to touch down out wide and hand the 2006 and 2008 champions a third win in four pool games.

 

Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER 10 - 16 EDINBURGH Edinburgh

Kingsholm - Sunday 15 December 2013
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-9 Att: tbc
Gloucester T: PT C: Burns P: Burns Yellow Card Morgan
Edinburgh T: Atiga C: Cuthbert P: Cuthbert (3) Yellow Card Nel

EDINBURGH did PRO12 colleagues Munster a huge favour as they reversed their home defeat to Gloucester to leave the Irishmen sitting pretty five points clear at the top of Pool 6. Alan Solomons freshened up his side from the 23-12 defeat at Murrayfield a week earlier and his new look team surprised the home side with the tenacity of their defence, control at the breakdown and patience with ball in hand. By the end they were good value for what was only their fourth win in 16 Heineken Cup games on English soil. The victory also ended a run of five successive defeats in Europe for the Scottish capital club.

A tight first half saw Edinburgh twice take the lead through the boot of full back Jack Cuthbert. He kicked two opening penalties to open up a 6 point lead before Gloucester finally got on the scoreboard after 35 minutes with a penalty try converted by Burns. But a third penalty from Cuthbert and the Scots went into the break with a slim advantage.

Burns took the lead with a penalty 5 minutes in to the second half, but that was it for Gloucester. Edinburgh, however, were not done and Ben Atiga found the whitewash before the final quarter had begun. Cuthbert converted and the scoring was done for the match, though both teams saw yellow in the remaining 20 minutes as Edinburgh held Gloucester at bay.

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ERC Round 3

POOL 1Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 1

Castres OlympiqueCASTRES OLYMPIQUE 15 - 9 OSPREYS Ospreys

Stade Pierre Antoine - Friday 06 December 2013
KO: 21:00 HT: 6-6 Att: 7,108

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE closed the gap on Leinster in Pool 1 of the Heineken Cup after clinging on for a hard-fought victory over the Ospreys. The French champions lost in Dublin in Round 2 but drew level with the three-time tournament champions on eight points to kick-start their campaign. The first half saw both sides go toe to toe on penalties, running into the break at 6-all, but the visitors also had to contend with being a player down in each half, and were unable to find the edge required to get passed their opponents. Castres were determined not to let the Ospreys take an inch right up until the final whistle, but professional fouls did land them with two sin binnings though not until the 80th minute thus not affecting the outcome. Kicking over five penalties to three, Castres remain very much in the running for qualification following the slender win.

Castres Olympique: Brice Dulin, Marcel Garvey, Romain Cabannes (C), Paul Bonnefond, Remi Grosso, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Rory Kockott, Mihaita Lazar, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Karena Wihongi, Christophe Samson, Richie Gray, Ibrahim Diarra, Piula Faasalele, Pedrie Wannenburg BENCH: Michael Coetzee, Yannick Forestier, Anton Peikrishvili, Rodrigo Capo Ortega, Yannick Caballero, Julien Tomas, Seremaia Bai, Geoffrey Palis

SCORERS P: Kockott (4), Palis Yellow Card Bai, Palis

Ospreys: Richard Fussell, Aisea Natoga, Tom Isaacs, Ben John, Jeff Hassler, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Ryan Bevington, Scott Baldwin, Aaron Jarvis, Alun-Wyn Jones (C), James King, Tyler Ardron, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones BENCH: Richard Hibbard, Duncan Jones, Dan Suter, Morgan Allen, Sam Lewis, Thomas Habberfield, Matthew Morgan , Thomas Grabham

SCORERS P: Biggar (3) Yellow Card Natoga, Lewis

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 7 - 40 LEINSTER Leinster Rugby

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 07 December 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 0-26 Att: 13,745

 

LEINSTER RUGBY took full control of Pool 1 with a stunning first-half display against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens. The Irish giants took a huge step towards the knockout stages as they scored four unanswered tries in the opening 40 minutes to secure a bonus point before the interval. The second half did not fare much better for the homeside with just a consolation try from Lee Dickson to slightly alleviate the utter embarrassment of a complete trouncing by the incumbent champions, the charge led by Brian O'Driscoll, with Luke Fitzgerald securing a hat trick. Matt O'Connor's men played some sublime rugby in the East Midlands in blowing away their in-form opponents with six tries in all to make it three wins from three following an away victory against the Ospreys and a home success against Castres Olympique.

Northampton Saints: James Wilson, Ken Pisi, Dom Waldouck, Luther Burrell, George North, Steve Myler, Lee Dickson, Alex Waller, Dylan Hartley (C), Salesi Ma'afu, Samu Manoa, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Phil Dowson, Sam Dickinson BENCH: Mikey Haywood, Ethan Waller, Tom Mercey, Christian Day, Calum Clark, Ryan Glynn, Glenn Dickson, Jamie Elliott

SCORERS T: Lee Dixon C: Myler

Leinster Rugby: Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Rhys Ruddock, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip (C) BENCH: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Leo Cullen, Shane Jennings, Isaac Boss, Jimmy Gopperth, Zane Kirchner

SCORERS T: Fitzgerald (3), Heaslip, Reddan, O'Driscoll C: Madigan (5) Yellow Card Bent

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

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POOL 2Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 2

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 29-20 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Cardiff Arms Park - Friday 06 December 2013
KO: 20:00 HT: 16-7 Att: 6,144

 

CARDIFF BLUES leapt to the top of Pool 2 with a thrilling 29-20 victory over Glasgow Warriors. Wales pair Rhys Patchell and Alex Cuthbert crossed either side of half-time to hand Blues their second successive win. Sean Maitland and Leone Nakarawa matched the Blues two tries just as each half drew to a close, as but that could not prevent a disappointing night for the Warriors, who left the Arms Park empty-handed. Though he missed both a penalty and a drop goal attempt, clocking up eight penalties to Cardiff's five, Leigh Halfpenny proved the difference by kicking 16 points, while Heineken man of the match Patchell also kicked penalty.

Cardiff Blues: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Richard Smith, Dafydd Hewitt, Harry Robinson, Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams, Sam Hobbs (C), Kristian Dacey, Tau Filise, Chris Dicomidis, Filo Paulo, Macauley Cook, Rory Watts-Jones, Robin Copeland BENCH: Marc Breeze, Tom Davies, Benoit Bourrust, Luke Hamilton, Ellis Jenkins, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Dan Fish

SCORERS T: Patchell, Cuthbert C: Halfpenny (2) P: Halfpenny (4), Patchell

Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Gabriel Ascarate, Alex Dunbar, DTH van der Merwe, Duncan Weir, Niko Matawalu, Ryan Grant, Doug Hall, Moray Low, Tom Ryder, Al Kellock (C), Robert Harley, Chris Fusaro, Josh Strauss BENCH: Pat MacArthur, Jon Welsh, Ed Kalman, Leone Nakarawa, Tyrone Holmes, Ryan Wilson, Chris Cusiter, Ruaridh Jackson

SCORERS T: Maitland, Nakarawa C: Weir (2) P: Weir (2)

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

 

Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 9 - 14 TOULONToulon

Sandy Park Stadium - Saturday 07 December 2013
KO: 13:35 HT: 9-8 Att: 10,744

 

TOULON secured a magnificent seventh straight Heineken Cup victory over English opposition with a hard-fought win over Exeter Chiefs to move top of Pool 2. Florian Fresia's fifth minute score was the only try of the game as the defending champions edged out a battle of attrition at Sandy Park. Springbok star Bryan Habana made his Heineken Cup debut for the French side, but was pulled up just short with a hamstring injury as he charged for his inaugural try at the end of the first half. Toulon had won all of their previous six meetings against English teams, but the home side got off to a flying start when Gareth Steenson put the Aviva Premiership side ahead after just 3 minutes. The Chiefs ran Toulon close and even had the upper hand at half time, edging the visitors 9 points to 8, but there were no more points to come for Exeter. The Chiefs pushed the French stars to the limit and were rewarded for their efforts with a losing bonus-point, but Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, who suffered a difficult afternoon with the boot, sealed the success with a drop goal as the visitors go to the summit of the pool, 1 point above rivals Cardiff Blues on 10 points.

Exeter Chiefs: Luke Arscott, Jack Nowell, Phil Dollman, Jason Shoemark, Matt Jess, Gareth Steenson, Dave Lewis, Ben Moon, Jack Yeandle, Hoani Tui, Dean Mumm (C), Damian Welch, Tom Johnson, Ben White, Dave Ewers BENCH: Chris Whitehead, Brett Sturgess, Alex Brown, James Hanks, Kai Horstmann, Haydn Thomas, Henry Slade, Ian Whitten

SCORERS P: Steenson (2), Slade

Toulon: Drew Mitchell, Alexis Palisson, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, Bryan Habana, Jonny Wilkinson (C), Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Florian Fresia, CRAIG BURDEN, Martin Castrogiovanni, Bakkies Botha, Ali Williams, Juan Smith, Steffon Armitage, Chris Masoe BENCH: Jean-Charles Orioli, Xavier Chiocci, Carl Hayman, Virgile Bruni, Rudi Wulf, Maxime Mermoz, Michael Claassens, Jocelino Suta

SCORERS T: Fresia P: Wilkinson, Giteau DG: Wilkinson


Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

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POOL 3Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 3

Zebre ZEBRE 10 - 39 SARACENSSaracens

Stadio XXV Aprile - Saturday 07 December 2013
KO: 14:35 HT: 0-25 Att: 2,350

SARACENS claimed top spot in Pool 3 with a bonus-point victory over Zebre. George Kruis, Ernst Joubert and Chris Wyles all crossed before Chris Ashton rediscovered is form scoring twice in the space of 8 minutes to wrap up the victory. The Italians made it even harder for themselves with two men in the bin at one point, while Wyles ran over his try. Samu Vunisa claimed a late consolation score for Zebre, but, from the moment Charlie Hodgson kicked Saracens ahead in the sixth minute, the former English Champions rarely looked likely to surrender the lead.

Zebre: Gullo Palazzani, Leonardo Sarto, Kameli Ratuvou, Gonzalo Garcia, Giambattista Venditti, Tommaso Iannone, Alberto Chillon, Salvatore Perugini, Tommaso D'Apice , Luciano Leibson, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Bortolami (C), Mauro Bergamasco, Nicola Cattina, Samu Vunisa BENCH: Andrea Manici, Andrea de Marchi, Luca Redolfini, Mike Van Vuren, Emiliano Caffini, Luciano Orquera, Roberto Quartaroli, Giulio Toniolatti

SCORERS T: Vunisa C: Orquera P: Garcia Yellow Card Vunisa, Bergamasco

Saracens: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Chris Wyles, Duncan Taylor, David Strettle, Charlie Hodgson, Neil de Kock, Richard Barrington, Schalk Brits, James Johnston, Steve Borthwick (C), George Kruis, Billy Vunipola, Kelly Brown, Ernst Joubert BENCH: Jamie George, Jared Saunders , Matt Stevens, Eoin Sheriff, Jackson Wray, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Marcelo Bosch

SCORERS T: Kruis, Joubert, Wyles, Ashton (2) C: Hodgson (3). Farrell P: Hodgson (2) Yellow Card Taylor

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)

 

ToulouseTOULOUSE 14 - 16 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stade Ernest Wallon - Sunday 08 December 2013
KO: 16:00 HT: 7-6 Att: 16,742

CONNACHT made it a spectacular clean sweep for the four Irish provinces in the Heineken Cup in Round 3 as they stunned four-time champions Toulouse with their first win on French soil in the tournament. Toulouse hadn't been beaten at Stade Ernest Wallon in the Heineken Cup since 2009, yet only managed to lead for 5 minutes in a game that started at breakneck speed and never let up for a second. Following on from the big Leinster win at Northampton Saints, Ulster's huge home win over Benetton Treviso and Munster's bonus point triumph at home against Perpignan, Pat Lam's Connacht had the whole of Ireland urging them on to make it a clean sweep and did not disappoint. Their line-speed and commitment in defence was excellent and their offensive ability made life difficult for Toulouse all through the game. Though both Barraque and Les Bleus captain, Thierry Dusautoir scored a try apiece for the homeside, Connacht secured only one through Kieran Marmion, the second from Robbie Henshaw ruled out by the TMO for a knock-on some 70 metres back. But it was the boot of Dan Parks that ensured the win, clocking up 11 of the 16 winning points.

Toulouse: Clément Poitrenaud, Yoann Huget, Florian Fritz, Yann David , Hosea Gear, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Jano Vermaak, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Census Johnston, Edwin Maka, Yoann Maestri, Yacouba Camara, Thierry Dusautoir (C), Louis Picamoles BENCH: Jaba Bregvadze, Schalk Ferreira, Yohan Montes, Romain Millo-Chluski, Christopher Tolofua, Jean-Marc Doussain, Lionel Beauxis, Timoci Matanavou

SCORERS T: Barraque, Dusautoir C: Barraque, Beauxis

Connacht Rugby: Robbie Henshaw, Fionn Carr, Eoin Griffin, Dave McSharry, Matt Healy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Nathan White, Mick Kearney, Craig Clarke (C), John Muldoon, Jake Heenan, George Naoupu BENCH: Jason Harris Wright, Denis Buckley, Rodney Ah You, Michael Swift, Eoin McKeon, Frank Murphy, Craig Ronaldson, Gavin Duffy

SCORERS T: Marmion C: Parks P: Parks (2) DG: Parks

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)

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POOL 4Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 4

ASM Clermont AuvergneCLERMONT AUVERGNE 32 - 11 SCARLETSScarlets

Stade Marcel Michelin - Saturday 07 December 2013
KO: 14:35 HT: 6-3 Att: 17,140

ASM Clermont Auvergne extended their remarkable unbeaten home record to 68 matches after overcoming a spirited Scarlets side at Stade Marcel-Michelin. The home side took the lead through two early penalties from Brock James before returning Welsh international Rhys Priestland pulled the visitors back to 6-3. Clermont dominated a scrappy first-half, but their power was matched by resilient defence and it remained 6-3 going into the break. The Scarlet's resistance was finally broken early in the second half when Canadian lock Jamie Cudmore drove over for the first try of the game. Brock James added the conversion. And Clermont then went on to clinch the bonus point with a further three tries. It looked as if Scarlets would deny the French with a try from Rhodri Williams in the 78th minute, but no conversion and Clermont had just enough time for Clement Ric to find the whitewash as the clock ticked over for full time, adding to Nalaga's brace.

ASM Clermont Auvergne: Lee Byrne, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurélien Rougerie (C), Regan King, Naipolioni Nalaga, Brock James, Thierry Lacrampe, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Daniel Kotze, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Gerhard Vosloo, Fritz Lee BENCH: Ti'i Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Clément Ric, Julien Pierre, Damien Chouly, Ludovic Radosavljevic , Mike Delany, Noa Nakaitaci

SCORERS T: Cudmore, Nalaga (2), Ric C: James (2), Delany P: James (2)


Scarlets: Liam Williams, Frazier Climo, Nick Reynolds, Scott Williams, Jordan Williams, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Davies, Rob Evans, Emyr Phillips (C), Samson Lee, Jake Ball, George Earle, Aaron Shingler, John Barclay, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Ken Owens, Shaun Hopkins, Jacobie Adriaanse, Richard Kelly, Johan Snyman, Rhodri Williams, Aled Thomas, Adam Warren

SCORERS T: Rhodri Williams P: Priestland, Jordan Williams

Referee: JP Doyle (England)

 

Racing Metro RACING MÉTRO 92 8 - 32 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Stade de la Beaujoire - Saturday 07 December 2013
KO: 16:40 HT: 3-17 Att: 29,395

NICK EVANS scored 17 points as Harlequins produced one of their finest performances in Europe and gave themselves a lifeline in the Heineken Cup after losing both matches in rounds 1 and 2. The fly-half scored the first of his team's four tries as Quins stunned Racing Métro 92 in Nantes to claim their first win of the campaign. Nick Easter, Charlie Walker and Karl Dickson then all followed to secure a bonus-point victory at Stade de la Beaujoire that lifts them to second in Pool 4. Danny Care went close in the opening minutes amid a lively start by Harlequins. But it was fellow half-back Evans who finally broke the deadlock on 18 minutes with the game's opening points. The South West Londoners went on to create a comfortable cushion, leading 17-3 at half time, then continued to run rings around the Parisian nomads, claiming the much needed bonus point with Dickson's 72nd minute try. Bernard le Roux was driven over for Racing's only try, and one has to question the decision of coach Pierre Berbizier to leave his two British Lions, Johnny Sexton and new arrival Mike Phillips on the bench for so long, both having an obvious impact when they did arrive. Racing are left with a mountain to climb in Round 4 facing Quins in front of a home crowd.

Racing Métro 92: Juan Martin Hernandez, Benjamin Fall, Fabrice Estebanez, Alexandre Dumoulin, Marc Andreu, Benjamin Dambielle, Maxime Machenaud, Eddy Ben Arous, Dimitri Szarzewski (C), Luc Ducalcon, Francois van der Merwe, Juandré Kruger, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Jone Qovu Nailiko BENCH: Virgile Lacombe, Davit Khinchagishvili, Brian Mujati, Karim Ghezal, Camille Gerondeau, Mike Phillips, Jonny Sexton, Juan Imhoff

SCORERS T: le Roux P: Dambielle

Harlequins: Mike Brown, Tom Williams, Matt Hopper, Tom Casson, Sam Smith, Nick Evans, Danny Care, Joe Marler, Dave Ward, Will Collier, Charlie Matthews, George Robson, Luke Wallace, Chris Robshaw (C), Nick Easter BENCH: Harry Allen, Mark Lambert, Paul Doran-Jones, Nick Kennedy, Joe Trayfoot, Karl Dickson, Ben Botica, Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Evans, Easter, Walker, Dickson C: Evans (3) P: Evans (2)

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

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POOL 5Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 5

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 48 - 0 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Ravenhill - Saturday 07 December 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 22-0 Att: 12,977

ULSTER were in seventh heaven as they moved a step closer to the Heineken Cup knockout stages with a commanding victory over Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill. The Belfast-based outfit went into the clash top of the pile in Pool Five following victories over Montpellier and Leicester Tigers. And they maintained their 100 per cent record in Europe this season to stretch their lead in the group to seven points. Paddy Jackson, Luke Marshall, John Afoa, Dan Tuohy, Sean Doyle and Andrew Trimble all crossed in the emphatic triumph. Despite Luke Marshall visiting the bin for 10 minutes, Ulster had secured the bonus point before the final quarter had begun, leaving Treviso pointless so far in the competition, only mustering a single try in three rounds.

Ulster Rugby: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Tom Court, Rob Herring, John Afoa, Johann Muller (C), Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Sean Doyle, Roger Wilson BENCH: Nial Annett, Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Neil McComb, Mike McComish, Paul Marshall, Michael Allen, David McIlwaine

SCORERS T: Jackson, Luke Marshall (2), Afoa, Tuohy, Doyle, Trimble C: Jackson (5) P: Jackson

Benetton Treviso: Luke McLean, Ludovico Nitoglia, Michele Campagnaro, Alberto Sgarbi, Angelo Esposito, Mat Berquist, Edoardo Gori, Alberto de Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello (C), Cornelius van Zyl, Alessandro Zanni, Dean Budd, Robert Barbieri BENCH: Franco Sbaraglini, Michele Rizzo, Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, Paul Derbyshire, Marco Filippucci, Christian Loamanu, Tobias Botes, James Ambrosini

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

 

Leicester Tigers LEICESTER TIGERS 41 - 32 MONTPELLIER Montpellier

Welford Road - Sunday 08 December 2013
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-18 Att: 21,404

LEICESTER TIGERS kept up the pressure on Pool 5 leaders Ulster with a 41-32 bonus point victory over Montpellier in a thrilling encounter at Welford Road. The 2001 and 2002 Heineken Cup kings scored four tries but shipped a further four as the French side headed for home with a losing bonus point. Leicester raced into a 24-3 lead inside the first quarter of an hour, but Montpellier hit back to trail by just 6 points at the break in another Anglo-French classic; the Tigers bagged the bonus point by the 60th minute, but the French matched their opposition try for try with Berard scoring a 4th in the 78th. Fabien Galthie's men came within a few seconds of leaving with a brace of bonus points after the conversion of their final try cut the gap to 6 with less than a minute remaining. But replacement fly-half Ryan Lamb landed a last-gasp drop goal to push the gap back out past 7 and ensure Montpellier have it all do to at home in Round 4 if they are to challenge for a second successive quarter-final spot after back-to-back defeats in Rounds 2 and 3.

Leicester Tigers: Scott Hamilton, Adam Thompstone, Vereniki Goneva, Dan Bowden, Miles Benjamin, Toby Flood (C), Ben Youngs, Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Louis Deacon, Graham Kitchener, Jamie Gibson, Julian Salvi, Jordan Crane BENCH: Neil Briggs, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Thomas Waldrom, David Mele, Blaine Scully, Ryan Lamb

SCORERS T: Goneva, Benjamin (2), Gibson C: Flood (3) P: Flood (4) DG: Lamb

Montpellier: Anthony Floch, Timoci Nagusa, Rene Ranger, Thomas Combezou, Yoan Audrin, Francois Trinh-Duc (C), Jonathan Pelissie, Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Charles Geli, Maximiliano Bustos, Jim Hamilton, Mickael Demarco, Kelian Galletier, Mamuka Gorgodze, Johnnie Beattie BENCH: Thomas Bianchin, Mikheil Nariashvili, Paea Fa'anunu, Thibaut Privat, Alex Tulou, Benoit Paillaugue, Wynand Olivier, Pierre Berard

SCORERS T: Gorgodze, Nagusa, Berard (2) C: Pélissié (2), Trinh-Duc P: Pélissié (2)

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

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POOL 6Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 6

Munster Rugby MUNSTER RUGBY 36 - 8 PERPIGNAN Perpignan

Thomond Park - Sunday 08 December 2013
KO: 12:45 HT: 22-0 Att: 23,615

MUNSTER reignited their Heineken Cup campaign with a bonus point win over Perpignan to move top of Pool 6. The Irishmen ran in three tries in a breath-taking first half display, leaving the French pointless, and wrapped up the bonus point thanks to a penalty try midway through the second half. It moves Munster to the top of Pool 6 ahead of their return fixture against Perpignan in France next Saturday. But it was not all good news for the home side after they lost scrum half Conor Murray with a knee injury in the first half and he now faces a race against time to be fit for next week. Munster head coach Rob Penney made six changes from the team that had scraped a win over the Dragons and his side made the perfect start, and the difference showed in the five-try win. Perpignan managed a single penalty from James Hook as he missed another as well as the conversion, but mustered a consolation try from Joffrey Michel in the dying moments of the match. The French side's defeat continues their dismal away record having won just once on the road since March.

Munster Rugby: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, Stephen Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony (C), Sean Dougall, James Coughlan BENCH: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, CJ Stander, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley

SCORERS T: Dougall, Kilcoyne, Earls, PT, Coughlan C: Keatley (2), Hanrahan (2) P: Keatley

Perpignan: James Hook (C), Joffrey Michel, Tommaso Benvenuti, Watisoni Votu, Sofiane Guitoune, Camille Lopez, Tom Ecochard, Sébastien Taofifenua, Romain Terrain, Paulica Ion, Luke Charteris, Guillaume Vilaceca, Jean-Pierre Perez, Alasdair Strokosch, Justin Purll BENCH: Maxime Delonca, Kisi Pulu, Jean Baptiste Custoja, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Dewaldt Duvenage, Tommy Allan, Richard Haughton, Dan Leo

SCORERS T: Michel P: Hook

Referee: Greg Garner (England)

 

Edinburgh EDINBURGH 12 - 23 GLOUCESTER Gloucester Rugby

Murrayfield - Sunday 08 December 2013
KO: 13:00 HT: 5-18 Att: 5,417

GLOUCESTER RUGBY kept their knock-out stage qualification hopes alive at Murrayfield. Edinburgh Rugby's hopes of ending their 100th tournament contest with centenary celebrations got off to a flying start with a try from full back Greig Tonks after just 6 minutes but it was Gloucester who ended up taking the four points to leave the Scottish club with just one win at the halfway stage and bottom of Pool 6. Gloucester, who beat Perpignan in Round 1, shot up to second place in the group with this three-try 23-12 win that left Edinburgh stuck on a total of 35 tournament wins and facing a mountain to climb in their final three Pool matches - starting in the quick-fire return at Kingsholm on Sunday. Edinburgh twice found the whitewash through Tonks and Denton, but a brace from Cherry and White's Martyn Thomas followed Rob Cook's early reply, and the Scots were unable to find their way back.

Edinburgh Rugby: Greig Tonks, Douglas Fife, Nick De Luca, Ben Atiga, Jack Cuthbert, Harry Leonard, Greig Laidlaw (C), Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Izak Van Der Westhuizen, Cornell Du Preez, Ross Rennie, David Denton BENCH: Aleki Lutui, Lodewicus Blaauw, Geoff Cross, Ollie Atkins, Roddy Grant, Grayson Hart, Joaquin Dominguez, Tom Brown

SCORERS T: Tonks, Denton C: Laidlaw

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook, Martyn Thomas, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees (C), Jonny May, Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan, Yann Thomas, Darren Dawidiuk, Shaun Knight, Elliot Stooke, James Hudson, Sione Kalafamoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan BENCH: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Rupert Harden, Tom Hicks, Matt Cox, Dan Robson, Mike Tindall, Steph Reynolds

SCORERS T: Cook, Martyn Thomas (2) C: Burns P: Burns (2) YC Hudson

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

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POOL 1Heineken Cup Round 2 Pool 1

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 19 - 7 CASTRES OLYMPIQUECastres Olympique

RDS - Saturday 19 October 2013
KO: 15:40 HT: 9-7 Att: 18,542

TRIPLE Heineken Cup kings Leinster took control of Pool 1 after they saw off a spirited challenge from Castres Olympique at the RDS. The 2009, 2011 and 2012 European Champions were knocked out at the group stages on their way to winning the Amlin Challenge Cup last season but they are now well placed after back-to-back victories at the start of the current campaign. Matt O'Connor's first Heineken Cup game in charge on home soil ended in a 19-7 win over the reigning French Champions, with prop Jack McGrath claiming the crucial try 21 minutes into the second half. Jimmy Gopperth added 14 points from the tee as Leinster built on last week's fine opening win at the Ospreys.

LEINSTER RUGBY: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Brendan Macken, Gordon D'Arcy, David Kearney, Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O'Brien, JAMIE HEASLIP (C) BENCH: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Michael Bent, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald

SCORERS T: McCarthy C: Gopperth P: Gopperth (4)

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE: Brice Dulin, Romain Martial, Romain Cabannes, Remy Lamerat, Max Evans, REMI TALES (C), Rory Kockott, Hai Lazar, Brice Mach, Anton Peikrishvili, Richie Gray, Rodrigo Capo Ortega, Jannie Bornman, Pedrie Wannenburg, Antonie Claassen BENCH: Marc-Antoine Rallier, Karena Wihongi, Saimone Taumoepeau, Christophe Samson, Ibrahim Diarra, Julien Tomas, Geoffrey Palis, Daniel Kirkpatrick

SCORERS T: Kockott C: Kockott Yellow Card Lamerat, Tomas

Heineken Man of the Match: Jimmy Gopperth (Leinster Rugby)

Referee: Greg Garner (Eng)

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 27 - 16 OSPREYSOspreys

Franklin's Gardens - Sunday 20 October 2013
KO: 12:45 HT: 17-6 Att: 13,182

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS flexed their muscle to kick-start their Heineken Cup campaign with an impressive victory over the Ospreys. The English side's physical presence proved too much for the Welsh region with second-rows Courtney Lawes and Christian Day leading the charge. They took control of the encounter thanks to first-half tries from Samu Manoa and Day. Biggar kept the Ospreys in touch and grabbed a try after the break but Ben Foden put the result beyond doubt. The victory sees Jim Mallinder's men climb to second in Pool One, while the Ospreys remain rooted rock-bottom.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: Ben Foden, Jamie Elliott, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North, Stephen Myler, Lee Dickson, Alex Waller, DYLAN HARTLEY (C), Salesi Ma'afu, Courtney Lawes, Chris Day, Phil Dowson, Tom Wood, Samu Manoa BENCH: Mike Haywood, Ethan Waller, Gareth Denman, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Calum Clark, Kahn Fotuali'i, James Wilson, Ken Pisi

SCORERS T: Manoa, Day, Foden C: Myler (3) P: Myler (2)

OSPREYS: Richard Fussell, Jeff Hassler, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Eli Walker, Dan Biggar, Tom Habberfield, Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, ALUN-WYN JONES (C), James King, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Joe Bearman BENCH: Scott Baldwin, Duncan Jones, Aaron Jarvis, Tyler Ardron, Morgan Allen, Sam Lewis, Tito Tebaldi, Matthew Morgan

SCORERS T: Biggar C: Biggar P: Biggar (3) Yellow Card Biggar

Heineken Man of the Match: Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ire)

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POOL 2Heineken Cup Round 2 Pool 2

Cardiff BluesCARDIFF BLUES 19 - 15 TOULONToulon

Cardiff Arms Park - Saturday 19 October 2013
KO: 13:35 HT: 6-6 Att: 11,573

CARDIFF BLUES stunned Heineken Cup champions Toulon with a shock win at the Arms Park. Replacement outside half Gareth Davies stepped off the bench to score the winning try three minutes from time. Leigh Halfpenny converted to add to his earlier penalties after Rhys Patchell's early penalty. Toulon responded with five penalties by Jonny Wilkinson but the holders could not muster a late winner in a thrilling finale. Cardiff, desperate to make amends from their opening loss at Exeter, were forced into a late change when captain Matthew Rees came down ill overnight. But while the Arms Park's plastic pitch stood up to the driving rain, the players stood up to the champions in a stop-start first half that ended all square at 6-6.

CARDIFF BLUES: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Owen Williams, Cory Allen, Harry Robinson, Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams, GETHIN JENKINS (C), Marc Breeze, Scott Andrews, Bradley Davies, Filo Paulo, Josh Navidi, Sam Warburton, Robin Copeland BENCH: Kristian Dacey, Sam Hobbs, Benoit Bourrust, Lou Reed, Rory Watts-Jones, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Richard Smith

SCORERS T: Gareth Davies C: Halfpenny P: Patchell, Halfpenny (3)

TOULON: Delon Armitage, Josua Tuisova, Maxime Mermoz, Matt Giteau, Rudi Wulf, JONNY WILKINSON (C), Frederic Michalak, Xavier Chiocci, Jean-Charles Orioli, Martin Castrogiovanni, Bakkies Botha, Ali Williams, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Steffon Armitage, Chris Masoe BENCH: Benjamin Noirot, Emmanuel Felsina, Carl Hayman, Juan Smith, Virgile Bruni, Drew Mitchell, Alexis Palisson, Jocelino Suta

SCORERS P: Wilkinson (5)

Heineken Man of the Match: Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)

Referee: JP Doyle (Eng)

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 20-16 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

Scotstoun Stadium - Sunday 20 October 2013
KO: 14:00 HT: 6-9 Att: 6,047

GLASGOW WARRIORS reignited their Heineken Cup hopes with a narrow win over in-form Exeter Chiefs. After an opening round defeat to Toulon, Glasgow needed a victory to keep alive their chances of qualifying and Gregor Townsend's men duly delivered. Exeter had dominated the early part of the game through the boot of fly-half Gareth Steenson but second half tries from Tim Swinson and Tyrone Holmes sealed the win for Glasgow.

GLASGOW WARRIORS: Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Byron McGuigan, Gabriel Ascarate, DTH Van Der Merwe, Ruaridh Jackson, Nikola Matawalu, Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur, Ed Kalman, Tim Swinson, ALASTAIR KELLOCK (C), Rob Harley, Tyrone Holmes, Josh Strauss BENCH: Dougie Hall, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Moray Low, Jonny Gray, Richie Vernon, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett

SCORERS T: Swinson, Holmes C: Jackson (2) P: Jackson (2)

EXETER CHIEFS: Phil Dollman, Ian Whitten, Jason Shoemark, Sam Hill, Matt Jess, Gareth Steenson, Dave Lewis, Ben Moon, Chris Whitehead, Hoani Tui, DEAN MUMM (C), Damian Welch, Tom Johnson, Ben White, David Ewers BENCH: Jack Yeandle, Brett Sturgess, Alex Brown, Don Armand, Kai Horstmann, Haydn Thomas, Henry Slade, Fetu'u Vainikolo

SCORERS T: Ewers C: Slade P: Steenson (3) Yellow Card Steenson

Heineken Man of the Match: Tyrone Holmes (Glasgow Warriors)

Referee: Romain Poite (Fra)

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POOL 3Heineken Cup Round 2 Pool 3

SaracensSARACENS 16 - 17 TOULOUSEToulouse

Wembley Stadium - Friday 18 October 2013
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-7 Att: 61,248

TOULOUSE edged a thrilling Heineken Cup clash against Saracens in front of 61,000 at Wembley Stadium. Louis Picamoles' try 11 minutes from time was converted by Jean -Marc Doussain as the four-time champions came from behind to win. But that was only after Owen Farrell saw a last-gasp drop goal fall agonisingly short amid a thrilling climax to this compelling Pool 3 clash. Toulouse are now 4 points clear at the top of the pool while Saracens, who saw Chris Wyles cross after just 8 minutes, picked up a losing bonus point despite their first loss of the season. A British record attendance for a Heineken Cup pool game crowded inside the iconic London venue and were treated to an enthralling game.

SARACENS: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Chris Wyles, Duncan Taylor, David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, STEVE BORTHWICK (C), Alistair Hargreaves, Billy Vunipola, Jacques Burger, Ernst Joubert BENCH: Jamie George, Rhys Gill, James Johnston, George Kruis, Kelly Brown, Neil de Kock, Marcelo Bosch, Joel Tomkins

SCORERS T: Wyles C: Farrell P: Farrell (3) Yellow Card Strettle

TOULOUSE: Maxime Médard, Yoann Huget, FLORIAN FRITZ (C), Clement Poitrenaud, Hosea Gear, Luke McAlister, Jean-Marc Doussain, Schalk Ferreira, Christopher Tolofua, Census Johnston, Yoann Maestri, Joe Tekori, Yannick Nyanga, Thierry Dusautoir, Gillian Galan BENCH: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Yohann Montes, Gregory Lamboley, Romain Millo-Chluski, Jano Vermaak, Gael Fickou, Louis Picamoles

SCORERS T: Tolofua, Picamoles C: Doussain (2) P: Doussain

Heineken Man of the Match: Gillian Galan (Toulouse)

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal)

 

ZebreZEBRE 6 - 33 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stadio XXV Aprile - Saturday 19 October 2013
KO: 14:35 HT: 3-19 Att: 2,000

CONNACHT RUGBY celebrated their first win in Pool 3 after they ran out 33-6 victors at Zebre on Saturday afternoon. The Irish outfit travelled to northern Italy on the back of a narrow loss at home to Saracens in Round One but were convincing winners against their PRO12 counterparts. A try in either half from No8 George Naoupa and replacement Mata Fifita saw Connacht jump to joint second in the table, although they were made to work far harder than the scoreline suggests. Former Scotland fly-half Dan Parks was in outstanding form for the visitors as he contributed 23 points with the boot. Parks missed just once from the tee all day in slotting seven penalties and a conversion at the Stadio XXV Aprille.

ZEBRE: Ruggero Trevisan, Dion Berryman, Tommaso Iannone, Gonzalo Garcia, David Odiete, Luciano Orquera, Brendon Leonard, Matias Aguero, Tommaso d'Apice, Dario Chistolini, Micheal van Vuuren, MARCO BORTOLAMI (C), Mauro Bergamasco, Dries van Schalkwyk, Samuela Vunisa BENCH: Davide Giazzon, Andrea De Marchi, Luciano Leibson, Emiliano Caffini, Filippo Cristiano, Alberto Chillon, Kameli Ratuvou, Leonardo Sarto

SCORERS P: Orquera (2)

CONNACHT RUGBY: James So'oialo, Danie Poolman, Robbie Henshaw, Craig Ronaldson, Matt Healy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Rodney Ah You, MICHAEL SWIFT (C), Craig Clarke, Andrew Browne, Jake Heenan, George Naoupu BENCH: Jason Harris-Wright, James Cooney, Ronan Loughney, Aly Muldowney, Mata Fifita, Paul O'Donohoe, David McSharry, Gavin Duffy

SCORERS T: Naoupu, Fifita C: Parks P: Parks (7)

Heineken Man of the Match: Dan Parks (Connacht Rugby)

Referee: Ian Davies (Wal)

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POOL 4Heineken Cup Round 2 Pool 4

ScarletsSCARLETS 26 - 26 RACING MÉTRO 92Racing Metro

Parc y Scarlets - Saturday 19 October 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 20-10 Att: 8,388

SCARLETS fans were relieved to see Johnny Sexton miss with a late penalty and then drop goal attempt that meant the battle between the top two teams in Pool 4 ended in a draw. The home side, still high on their three-try victory over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop the previous weekend, were 20-10 to the good at the break thanks to two more tries from the Williams clan, Scott and Rhodri. But they failed to make the most of a two man advantage at the end of the first and start of the second half and allowed Racing Métro 92 to come back into the game and snatch a share of the points in the end.

SCARLETS: Liam Williams, Nic Reynolds, JONATHAN DAVIES (C), Scott Williams, Jordan Williams, Rhys Priestland, Rhodri Williams, Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Jacobie Adriaanse, Jake Ball, George Earle, Aaron Shingler, John Barclay, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Kirby Myhill, Rob Evans, Rhodri Jones, Johan Snyman, Craig Price, Gareth Davies, Steve Shingler, Gareth Maule

SCORERS T: Scott Williams, Rhodri Williams C: Priestland (2) P: Priestland (4)

RACING MÉTRO 92: Benjamin Lapeyre, Adrien Plante, Henry Chavancy, Alexandre Dumoulin, Juan Imhoff, Jonny Sexton, Laurent Magnaval, Soane Tonga'uiha, DIMITRI SZARZEWSKI (C), Luc Ducalcon, Juandré Kruger, Francois Van der Merwe, Dan Lydiate, Wenceslas Lauret, Sakiusa Matadigo BENCH: Virgile Lacombe, Eddy Ben Arous, Julien Brugnaut, Fabrice Metz, Camille Gerondeau, Ruan Snyman, Fabrice Estebanez, Benjamin Dambielle

SCORERS T: Lauret, Matadigo C: Sexton (2) P: Sexton (4) Yellow Card Szarzewski, Estebanez

Heineken Man of the Match: Liam Williams (Scarlets)

Referee: Neil Paterson (Sco)

 

ASM Clermont AuvergneASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE 23 - 16 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Stade Marcel Michelin - Sunday 20 October 2013
KO: 16:00 HT: 20-13 Att: 17,631

HARLEQUINS' Heineken Cup hopes have been left hanging by a thread following a second successive Pool Four defeat. Conor O'Shea's men put up a brave fight against last season's finalists Clermont Auvergne and were rewarded with Tom Williams' try on the stroke of halftime. But the damage had already been done for the Aviva Premiership outfit in central France as first-half tries from Lee Byrne, Wesley Fofana and Thierry Lacrampe handed Clermont a much-needed win - but no valuable bonus-point. And, although Nick Evans scored a drop goal with the final kick of the game to give his team-mates a deserved losing bonus-point, the writing is on the wall for Quins because no team has qualified for the knock-out stages of the competition following two opening losses. Quins director of rugby O'Shea, furious following last weekend's opening home 33-26 defeat to the Scarlets, described the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin as a 'coliseum', and no wonder as Clermont had not tasted defeat here in European competition for 1,429 days.

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE: Lee Byrne, AURELIEN ROUGERIE (C), Regan King, Wesley Fofana, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Brock James, Thierry Lacrampe, Vincent Debaty, Benjamin Kayser, Daniel Kotze, Julien Pierre, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Alexandre Lapandry, Damien Chouly BENCH: Ti’i Paulo, Raphael Chaume, Clement Ric, Loic Jacquet, Gerhard Vosloo, Ludovic Radosavljevic, Mike Delany, Napolioni Nalaga

SCORERS T: Byrne, Fofana, Lacrampe C: James P: James (2) Yellow Card Byrne

HARLEQUINS: Mike Brown, Paul Sackey, Matt Hopper, Ben Botica, Tom Williams, Nick Evans, Danny Care, Joe Marler, Rob Buchanan, Will Collier, Nick Easter, George Robson, Luke Wallace, CHRIS ROBSHAW (C), Tom Guest BENCH: David Ward, Mark Lambert, Kyle Sinckler, George Merrick, Joe Trayfoot, Karl Dickson, Sam Smith, Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Williams C: Evans P: Botica, Evans DG: Evans

Heineken Man of the Match: Sitiveni Sivivatu (ASM Clermont Auvergne)

Referee: George Clancy (Ire)

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POOL 5Heineken Cup Round 2 Pool 5

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 34 - 3 BENETTON TREVISOBenetton Treviso

Welford Road - Friday 18 October 2013
KO: 20:00 HT: 13-0 Att: 19,838

AN Adam Thompstone try with the final play of the game saw Leicester Tigers pick up maximum points with a 34-3 win against Benetton Treviso on Friday. The former London Irish wing darted over with the clock already in the red just as it seemed as though the Tigers would have to settle for a 4-point victory. Thompstone's heroics sent the Welford Road crowd wild after Heineken Man of the Match Thomas Waldrom, Lions Test star Tom Youngs and American wing Blaine Scully had touched down to put the game beyond Benetton. The result sees the 2001 and 2002 European Champions lead Pool 5 with 6 points, although the winners of Montpellier versus Ulster will overtake them at the top.

LEICESTER TIGERS: Niall Morris, Blaine Scully, Vereniki Goneva, Dan Bowden, Adam Thompstone, TOBY FLOOD (C), Ben Youngs, Logovi'i Mulipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Graham Kitchener, Geoff Parling, Ed Slater, Julian Salvi, Thomas Waldrom BENCH: Neil Briggs, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Louis Deacon, Jordan Crane, David Mele, Owen Williams, Terrence Hepetema

SCORERS T: Waldrom, Tom Youngs, Scully, Thompstone C: Flood (4) P: Flood (2)

BENETTON TREVISO: Luke McLean, Andrea Pratichetti, Luca Morisi, Alberto Sgarbi, Christian Loamanu, Mathew Berquist, Tobie Botes, Michele Rizzo, Enrico Ceccato, Lorenzo Cittadini, ANTONIO PAVANELLO (C), Valerio Bernabo, Manoa Vosawai, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri BENCH: Franco Sbaraglini, Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, Pedro Di Santo, Marco Fuser, Dean Budd, Marco Filippucci, Fabio Semenzato, James Ambrosini

SCORERS P: Botes Yellow Card Botes, Pavanello, Loamanu

Heineken Man of the Match: Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra)

 

MontpellierMONTPELLIER 8 - 25 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Stade Yves-du-Manoir - Saturday 19 October 2013
KO: 16:40 HT: 3-7 Att: 11,712

ULSTER picked up their greatest win on the road as they made it back-to-back wins on French soil in the Pool stages with a comprehensive triumph over last season's quarter-finalists. Having opened their Pool 5 account with a useful away win over Benetton Treviso the home side, level on points at the top of the Top 14 with Toulon and Toulouse and unbeaten at home this season, looked to be ready to test Ulster's ability to back up their home win over Leicester Tigers. But the collective boots of Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar, the latter from siege gun range, steered the Ulstermen to a victory that not only put them two points clear of the Tigers at the top of the Pool at the end of two rounds, but denied Montpellier a point at their own Yves du Manoir stadium. But while Jackson and Pienaar plundered 20 points between them it was the first half try from Andrew Trimble that stole the show. A brilliant counter attacking score involving four back line players that started on their own 10 metres line and ended with a score to remember for the Irish wing.

MONTPELLIER: Anthony Floch, Timoci Nagusa, Anthony Tuitavake, Wynand Olivier, Yoan Audrin, Francois Trinh-Duc, Jonathan Pelissie, Yvan Watremez, Mickael Ivaldi, Maximiliano Bustos, James Hamilton, Thibault Privat, FULGENCE OUEDRAOGO (C), Mamuka Gorgodze, Kelian Galletier BENCH: Thomas Bianchin, Mikheil Nariashvili, Nicolas Mas, Fred Quercy, Robins Tchale-Watchou, Benoit Paillaugue, Thomas Combezou, Benoit Sicart

SCORERS T: Audrin P: Pelissie

ULSTER RUGBY: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar, Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, JOHANN MULLER (C), Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Roger Wilson BENCH: Rob Herring, Callum Black, John Afoa, Lewis Stevenson, Iain Henderson, Paul Marshall, Stuart Olding, Mike Allen

SCORERS T: Trimble C: Jackson P: Pienaar (5), Jackson

Heineken Man of the Match: Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby)

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wal)

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POOL 6 Heineken Cup Round 2 Pool 6

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 26 - 10 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Thomond Park - Saturday 19 October 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 16-10 Att: 23,510

MUNSTER skipper Peter O'Mahony steered his side to a morale boosting win at Thomond Park that put them back into the equation in Pool 6. O'Mahony picked up the Heineken Man of the Match award to make it an even better day for the home team, while Gloucester only had a Charlie Sharples try to cheer them. Sharples darted over in the first half to offer hope of getting something out of the game. But despite that score, and Gloucester's all round effort and resilience, they ultimately left empty-handed following home tries by Damien Varley and Johne Murphy.

MUNSTER RUGBY: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, BJ Botha, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Donnacha Ryan, Sean Dougall, PETER O'MAHONY (C) BENCH: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, James Coughlan, CJ Stander, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley

SCORERS T: Varley, Murphy C: Keatley (2) P: Keatley (4)

GLOUCESTER RUGBY: Martyn Thomas, Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall, Ryan Mills, Jonny May, Jonny Bentley, Dan Robson, Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden, Lua Lokotui, WILL JAMES (C), Matt Cox, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan BENCH: Tom Heard, James Gibbons, Yann Thomas, James Hudson, Gareth Evans, Tavis Knoyle, Freddie Burns, Rob Cook

SCORERS T: Sharples C: Bentley P: Bentley

Heineken Man of the Match: Peter O’Mahony (Munster Rugby)

Referee: Jerome Garces (Fra)

 

PerpignanPERPIGNAN 31- 14 EDINBURGH RUGBYEdinburgh

Stade Aimé Giral - Sunday 20 October 2013
KO: 13:45 HT: 3-7 Att: 10,073

PERPIGNAN revived their Heineken Cup hopes with a bonus-point win over Edinburgh in Pool Six. The Catalan club were left heartbroken as Gloucester snatched a slender victory at Kingsholm last weekend but they responded in perfect fashion at Stade Aimé Giral. Edinburgh had been in the driving seat, leading 7-3 at the interval thanks to Tim Visser's try. But Perpignan fired in the second-half and ran in four tries through Wandile Mjekevu, Joffrey Michel and Justin Purll to secure a maximum point haul. Cornell Du Preez crossed in the closing stages but it was merely a consolation for the Scottish side who left France empty handed.

PERPIGNAN: Joffrey Michel, Watisoni Votu, David Marty, Sione Piukala, Richard Haughton, James Hook, Dewaldt Duvenage, Sona Taumalolo, GUILHEM GUIRADO (C), Giorgi Jgenti, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Romain Taofifenua, Justin Purll, Jean-Pierre Perez, Luke Narraway BENCH: Romain Terrain, Sebastien Taofifenua, Kisi Pulu, Karl Chateau, Nicolas Durand, Tommaso Allan, Wandie Mjekevu, Luke Charteris

SCORERS T: Michel, Mjekevu (2), Purll C: Hook (4) P: Hook

EDINBURGH RUGBY: Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife, Nick De Luca, Joaquin Dominguez, Tim Visser, Harry Leonard, GREIG LAIDLAW (C), Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Sean Cox, Tomas Leonardi, Roddy Grant, Cornell Du Preez BENCH: Aleki Lutui, Wicus Blaauw, Geoff Cross, Izak van der Westhuizen, Oliver Atkins, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Lee Jones, Greig Tonks

SCORERS T: Visser, du Preez C: Laidlaw (2)

Heineken Man of the Match: Wandie Mjekevu (Perpignan)

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Ita)

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ERC Round 1

HEINEKEN CUP returned to the stadiums and TV screens of Europe when the 19th season of the world’s most competitive club rugby tournament kicked off with an enthralling series of Round 1 matches, quite possibly for the last time in its current guise.

In all, 552 points at an average of 46 per fixture, and 52 tries at an average of 4.3 were scored as over 120,000 fans witnessed a host of spectacular contests featuring some of the world’s elite players.

Of the 24 clubs in first-round action, 21 got their campaigns underway by putting at least one match point on the board, while only Ospreys, Benetton Treviso and Zebre have yet to get off the mark going into Round 2.

With away wins inevitably critical when qualification for the knockout stage comes to a head next January, pride of place on the opening weekend goes to Scarlets who took out Harlequins 33-26 at the Twickenham Stoop, to Leinster Rugby, 19-9 winners over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, to Montpellier who eked out a hard-fought 27-10 victory in Treviso, and finally to Saracens who edged past Connacht Rugby 23-17 after a tension-packed finish at the Sportsground.

On top of the four away victories, three clubs – reigning champions, Toulon, Exeter Chiefs and Toulouse – secured wins and try-bonus points, while two clubs – Cardiff Blues and Glasgow Warriors – both scored four tries apiece to register losing bonus points.

In the individual scoring stakes, James Hook of Perpignan was responsible for all of his side’s 22 points in the French club’s last-gasp defeat by Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm. The result meant that the Catalans still haven’t won on English soil in the Heineken Cup. Elsewhere, Edinburgh Rugby skipper, Greig Laidlaw, kicked an impressive 19 points as the Scots upset the odds in Pool 6 with tries by Matt Scott and Tim Visser on the way to a 29-23 victory over Munster Rugby.

Rhys Priestland accumulated 18 points with the boot as Scarlets got the better of Harlequins – a result which provoked some biting criticism of his players from Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea. The game also featured a magnificent solo try by Scott Williams coming up to the break, and some sparkling footwork by Jordan Williams for the winners’ third try.

Ulster Rugby’s Paddy Jackson was on target with 17 points in the battling 22-16 success over Leicester Tigers in front of a raucous 14,000 crowd at Ravenhill, while Billy Twelvetrees also contributed 17 points to Gloucester’s winning total.

Furthering the individual theme, the brilliant Sitiveni Sivivatu gave a masterclass of attacking play as last season’s beaten finalists, ASM Clermont Auvergne, lost out at Racing Métro 92 in Pool 4, while Dion Berryman of Zebre produced a stunning finish for his side’s try in Toulouse.


POOL 1Heineken Cup Round 1 Pool 1

Castres OlympiqueCASTRES 19 - 13 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Stade Pierre Antoine - Saturday 12 October 2013
KO: 16:40 HT: 10-3 Att: 7,624

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE: Geoffrey Palis, Romain Martial, Romain Cabannes, Remy Lamerat, Max Evans, Remi Tales (C), Rory Kockott, Hai Lazar, Brice Mach, Anton Peikrishvili, Richie Gray, Rodrigo Capo Ortega, Jannie Bornman, Piula Faasalele, Antonie Claassen BENCH: Marc-Antoine Rallier, Karena Wihongi, Michael Coetzee, Christophe Samson, Pedrie Wannenburg, Julien Tomas, Remy Grosso, Daniel Kirkpatrick

SCORERS T: Martial C: Kockott P: Kockott (4)

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: Ben Foden, Ken Pisi, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North, Stephen Myler, Kahn Fotuali'i, Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley (C), Salesi Ma'afu, Courtney Lawes, Chris Day, Tom Wood, Calum Clark, Sam Dickinson BENCH: Mike Haywood, Alex Waller, Tom Mercey, Samu Manoa, Phil Dowson, Lee Dickson, James Wilson, Jamie Elliott

SCORERS T: Hartley C: Myler P: Myler (2) Yellow Card Foden

Heineken Man of the Match: Rodrigo Capo Ortega (Castres Olympique)

Referee: George Clancy (Ire)

 

OspreysOSPREYS 9 - 19 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 12 October 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 6-13 Att: 12,378

OSPREYS: Richard Fussell, Ben John, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Eli Walker, Dan Biggar, Tito Tebaldi, Duncan Jones, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones (C), James King, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Joe Bearman BENCH: Scott Baldwin, Ryan Bevington, Aaron Jarvis, Tyler Ardron, Sam Lewis, Tom Habberfield, Matthew Morgan, Jeff Hassler

SCORERS P: Biggar (3)

LEINSTER RUGBY: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Brendan Macken, Gordon D'Arcy, David Kearney, Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip (C) BENCH: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald

SCORERS T: O'Brien C: Gopperth P: Gopperth (4)

Heineken Man of the Match: Sean O’Brien (Leinster Rugby)

Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng)

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POOL 2Heineken Cup Round 1 Pool 2

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 44 - 29 CARDIFF BLUESCardiff Blues

Sandy Park Stadium - Sunday 13 October 2013
KO: 12:45 HT: 36-3 Att: 8,751

EXETER CHIEFS: Phil Dollman, Matt Jess, Ian Whitten, Jason Shoemark, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Gareth Steenson, Dave Lewis, Brett Sturgess, Chris Whitehead, Hoani Tui, Dean Mumm (C), Damian Welch, Tom Johnson, Ben White, David Ewers BENCH: Jack Yeandle, Ben Moon, Carl Rimmer, Don Armand, Kai Horstmann, Haydn Thomas, Henry Slade, Sireli Naqelevuki

SCORERS T: Johnson, Mumm, Jess, Vainikolo, White, Whitten C: Steenson (4) P: Steenson, Slade Yellow Card Whitten, Naqelevuki

CARDIFF BLUES: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Cory Allen, Dafydd Hewitt, Harry Robinson, Rhys Patchell, Lloyd Williams, Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees (C), Taufa'ao Filise, Bradley Davies, Filo Paulo, Josh Navidi, Sam Warburton, Andries Pretorius BENCH: Marc Breeze, Sam Hobbs, Scott Andrews, Lou Reed, Robin Copeland, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Richard Smith

SCORERS T: Williams, Copeland, Cutbert, Robinson C: Halfpenny (3) P: Halfpenny Yellow Card Breeze

Heineken Man of the Match: David Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)

Referee: Jerome Garces (Fra)

 

ToulonTOULON 51 - 28 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Stade Félix Mayol - Sunday 13 October 2013
KO: 16:00 HT: 34-0 Att: 14,145

TOULON: Delon Armitage, Joshua Tuisova, Maxime Mermoz, Matt Giteau, David Smith, Jonny Wilkinson (C), Michael Claassens, Emmanuel Felsina, Benjamin Noirot, Martin Castrogiovanni, Bakkies Botha, Ali Williams, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Joe Van Niekerk, Chris Masoe BENCH: Levan Chilachava, Xavier Chiocci, Carl Hayman, Steffon Armitage, Juan Smith, Drew Mitchell, Frederic Michalak, Danie Rossouw

SCORERS T: Delon Armitage, Mermoz (2), Masoe, Giteau (2) C: Wilkinson (3), Giteau, Michalak (2) P: Wilkinson, Michalak (2)

GLASGOW WARRIORS: Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Nikola Matawalu, Ruaridh Jackson, Henry Pyrgos, Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Jon Welsh, Jonny Gray, Alastair Kellock (C), Tim Swinson, Chris Fusaro, Josh Strauss BENCH: Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Ed Kalman, James Eddie, Richie Vernon, Duncan Weir, Byron McGuigan, DTH Van Der Merwe

SCORERS T: van der Merwe (2), Matawalu, Gray C: Jackson (4)

Heineken Man of the Match: Matt Giteau (Toulon)

Referee: Greg Garner (Eng)

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POOL 3Heineken Cup Round 1 Pool 3

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 17 - 23 SARACENSSaracens

The Sportsground - Friday 11 October 2013
KO: 20:00 HT: 17-17 Att: 7,546

CONNACHT RUGBY: Gavin Duffy, Fionn Carr, Robbie Henshaw, Craig Ronaldson, Danie Poolman, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Rodney Ah You, Michael Swift (C), Craig Clarke, John Muldoon, Jake Heenan, George Naoupu BENCH: Jason Harris-Wright, Peter Reilly, James Cooney, Aly Muldowney, Andrew Browne, Paul O'Donohoe, James So'oialo, Tiernan O'Halloran

SCORERS T: Marmion, Poolman C: Parks (2) P: Parks

SARACENS: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Chris Wyles, David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Neil de Kock, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Steve Borthwick (C), George Kruis, Kelly Brown, Will Fraser, Billy Vunipola BENCH: Jamie George, Rhys Gill, James Johnston, Alistair Hargreaves, Ernst Joubert, Richard Wigglesworth, Duncan Taylor, Michael Tagicakibau

SCORERS T: Wyles, Ashton C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell (3)

Heineken Man of the Match: Kieran Marmion (Connacht Rugby)

Referee: Pascal Gauzère (Fra)

 

ToulouseTOULOUSE 38 - 5 ZEBREZebre

Stade Ernest Wallon - Friday 11 October 2013
KO: 21:00 HT: 24-0 Att: 12,008

TOULOUSE: Clement Poitrenaud, Yoann Huget, Florian Fritz (C), Yann David, Maxime Médard, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Sebastien Bezy, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Christopher Tolofua, Yohann Montes, Romain Millo-Chluski, Joe Tekori, Gregory Lamboley, Yannick Nyanga, Gillian Galan BENCH: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Schalk Ferreira, Census Johnston, Louis Picamoles, Patricio Albacete, Jean Marc Doussain, Hosea Gear, Thierry Dusautoir

SCORERS T: Huget (2), Lamboley, Médard (2), Nyanga Kabasele C: Bezy (3), Barraque

ZEBRE: Ruggero Trevisan, Giulio Toniolatti, Kameli Ratuvou, Gonzalo Garcia, Dion Berryman, Tommaso Iannone, Brendon Leonard, Salvatore Perugini, Davide Giazzon, Carlo Fazzari, Micheal van Vuuren, Marco Bortolami (C), Mauro Bergamasco, Dries van Schalkwyk, Samuela Vunisa BENCH: Tommaso d'Apice, Matias Aguero, Dario Chistolini, Emiliano Caffini, Filippo Cristiano, Alberto Chillon, Luciano Orquera, Roberto Quartaroli

SCORERS T: Berryman

Heineken Man of the Match: Yann David (Toulouse)

Referee: Luke Pearce (Eng)

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POOL 4Heineken Cup Round 1 Pool 4

ScarletsHARLEQUINS 26 - 33 SCARLETSHarlequins

The Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 12 October 2013
KO: 15:40 HT: 10-20 Att: 11,465

HARLEQUINS: Mike Brown, Tom Williams, Matt Hopper, Ben Botica, Sam Smith, Nick Evans, Danny Care, Joe Marler, Rob Buchanan, Will Collier, George Merrick, George Robson, Maurie Fa'asavalu, Chris Robshaw (C), Nick Easter BENCH: David Ward, Darryl Marfo, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Guest, Luke Wallace, Karl Dickson, Paul Sackey, Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Brown (2) C: Evans (2) P: Evans (3) DG: Evans

SCARLETS: Liam Williams, Kristian Phillips, Jonathan Davies (C), Scott Williams, Jordan Williams, Rhys Priestland, Rhodri Williams, Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, George Earle, Aaron Shingler, John Barclay, Josh Turnbull BENCH: Kirby Myhill, Rob Evans, Jacobie Adriaanse, Johan Snyman, Craig Price, Gareth Davies, Steve Shingler, Gareth Maule

SCORERS T: Rhodri Williams, Scott Williams, Jordan Williams C: Priestland (3) P: Priestland (4) Yellow Card Lee, Evans

Heineken Man of the Match: Scott Williams (Scarlets)

Referee: John Lacey (Ire)

 

Racing MetroRACING MÉTRO 92 13 - 9 CLERMONTASM Clermont Auvergne

Stade Yves-du-Manoir (Colombes) - Sunday 13 October 2013
KO: 21:00 HT: 3-9 Att: 9,357

RACING MÉTRO 92: Benjamin Lapeyre, Marc Andreu, Fabrice Estebanez, Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Imhoff, Jonny Sexton, Maxime Machenaud, Davit Khinchagishvili, Dimitri Szarzewski (C), Luc Ducalcon, Juandré Kruger, Francois Carl Van der Merwe, Wenceslas Lauret, Antoine Battut, Jacques Cronje BENCH: Virgile Lacombe, Eddy Ben Arous, Julien Brugnaut, Fabrice Metz, Bernard Le Roux, Laurent Magnaval, Henry Chavancy, Benjamin Dambielle

SCORERS T: Andreu C: Sexton P: Sexton (2) Yellow Card Khinchagishvili, van der Merwe

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE: Lee Byrne, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie (C), Wesley Fofana, Napolioni Nalaga, Brock James, Morgan Parra, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Julien Pierre, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Julien Bardy, Damien Chouly BENCH: Ti'i Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Daniel Kotze, Loic Jacquet, Gerhard Vosloo, Thierry Lacrampe, Benson Stanley, Jean-Marcel Buttin

SCORERS P: Parra (2) Yellow Card Nalaga

Heineken Man of the Match: Sitiveni Sivivatu (ASM Clermont Auvergne)

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal)

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POOL 5Heineken Cup Round 1 Pool 5

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 22 - 16 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Ravenhill - Friday 11 October 2013
KO: 20:00 HT: 13-10 Att: 14,026

ULSTER RUGBY: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Tommy Bowe, Paddy Jackson, Paul Marshall, Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller (C), Dan Tuohy, Roger Wilson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams BENCH: Rob Herring, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Iain Henderson, Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar, Stuart Olding, Mike Allen

SCORERS T: Bowe C: Jackson P: Jackson (5)

LEICESTER TIGERS: Niall Morris, Miles Benjamin, Vereniki Goneva, Dan Bowden, Adam Thompstone, Toby Flood (C), Ben Youngs, Logovi'i Mulipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Louis Deacon, Geoff Parling, Ed Slater, Julian Salvi, Jordan Crane BENCH: Neil Briggs, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Graham Kitchener, Thomas Waldrom, David Mele, Owen Williams, Terrence Hepetema

SCORERS T: Mulipola C: Flood P: Flood (2), Williams Yellow Card Crane

Heineken Man of the Match: Roger Wilson (Ulster Rugby)

Referee: Romain Poite (Fra)

 

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON TREVISO 10 - 27 MONTPELLIERMontpellier

Stadio Comunale di Monigo - Saturday 12 October 2013
KO: 14:35 HT: 3-9 Att: 4,635

BENETTON TREVISO: Brendan Williams, Ludovico Nitoglia, Luca Morisi, Alberto Sgarbi, Michele Campagnaro, Luke McLean, Tobie Botes, Michele Rizzo, Enrico Ceccato, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello (C), Marco Fuser, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri BENCH: Giovanni Maistri, Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet, Pedro Di Santo, Valerio Bernabo, Dean Budd, Christian Loamanu, Fabio Semenzato, James Ambrosini

SCORERS T: Loamanu C: Botes P: Botes Yellow Card Ceccato, Barbieri

MONTPELLIER: Anthony Floch, Anthony Tuitavake, Thomas Combezou, Wynand Olivier, Yoan Audrin, Francois Trinh-Duc, Benoit Paillaugue, Naama Leleimalefaga, Charles Geli, Nicolas Mas, James Hamilton, Robins Tchale-Watchou, Alexandre Bias (C), Mamuka Gorgodze, Kelian Galletier BENCH: Mickael Ivaldi, Yvan Watremez, Maximiliano Bustos, Thibault Privat, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Jonathan Pelissie, Enzo Selponi, Yohann Artru

SCORERS T: Pelissie, Combezou C: Pelissie P: Paillaugue (4), Pelissié Yellow Card Gorgodze, Bustos

Heineken Man of the Match: Kelian Galletier (Montpellier)

Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ire)

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POOL 6Heineken Cup Round 1 Pool 6

EdinburghEDINBURGH RUGBY 29 - 23 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Murrayfield - Saturday 12 October 2013
KO: 13:35 HT: 19-17 Att: 7,024

EDINBURGH RUGBY: Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife, Nick De Luca, Matthew Scott, Tim Visser, Harry Leonard, Greig Laidlaw (C), Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Sean Cox, Dimitri Basilaia, Cornell Du Preez, Dave Denton BENCH: Aleki Lutui, Wicus Blaauw, Geoff Cross, Oliver Atkins, Roddy Grant, Sean Kennedy, Joaquin Dominguez, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

SCORERS T: Scott, Visser C: Laidlaw (2) P: (5)

MUNSTER RUGBY: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer, Donnacha Ryan, Paul O'Connell (C), Patrick Butler, Niall Ronan, James Coughlan BENCH: Damien Varley, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Donncha O'Callaghan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley

SCORERS T: Laulala, Sherry C: Keatley (2) P: Keatley (3)

Heineken Man of the Match: Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby)

Referee: JP Doyle (Eng)

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 27 - 22 PERPIGNANPerpignan

Kingsholm - Saturday 12 October 2013
KO: 18:00 HT: 9-13 Att: 11,937

GLOUCESTER RUGBY: Rob Cook, Jonny May, Mike Tindall, Ryan Mills, James Simpson-Daniel, Billy Twelvetrees, Jimmy Cowan, Yann Thomas, Huia Edmonds, Shaun Knight, Elliot Stooke, James Hudson, Tom Savage (C), Matt Kvesic, Sione Kalamafoni BENCH: Daniel George, Dan Murphy, Tom Heard, Gareth Evans, Akapusi Qera, Dan Robson, Charlie Sharples, Martyn Thomas

SCORERS T: Cowan, May C: Twelvetrees P: Twelvetrees (5)

PERPIGNAN: James Hook, Wandie Mjekevu, Tommaso Benvenuti, Lifeimi Mafi, Sofiane Guitoune, Camille Lopez, Nicolas Durand, Sebastien Taofifenua, Guilhem Guirado (C), Paulica Ion, Daniel Leo, Romain Taofifenua, Justin Purll, Alasdair Strokosch, Luke Narraway BENCH: Romain Terrain, Kisi Pulu, Giorgi Jgenti, Jean-Pierre Perez, Dewaldt Duvenage, David Marty, Joffrey Michel, Luke Charteris

SCORERS T: Hook C: Hook P: Hook (5) DG: Hook                

Heineken Man of the Match: James Hook (Perpignan)

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wal)

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HEINEKEN CUP 2013-4 DATES

ROUND 1
11/12/13 October 2013

ROUND 2
18/19/20 October 2013

ROUND 3
6/7/8 December 2013

ROUND 4
13/14/15 December 2013

ROUND 5
10/11/12 January 2014

ROUND 6
17/18/19 January 2014

QUARTER FINALS
4/5/6 April 2014

SEMI FINALS
26/27 April 2014

19th HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
Millennium Stadium - Saturday 24 May 2014
KO: 17.00 BST

Heineken Cup Final 2014

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