Another epic Heineken Cup weekend

European Club Rugby’s premier competition lived up to its billing once again with some nail-biting fixtures and classic rugby moments, suggesting that it could be more of a draw than internationals in the Northern Hemisphere.

Harlequins Hero: Nick Evans

Harlequins clinched an incredible double over Stade Francais, with a late dropped goal from Nick Evans to put them in command of Pool 4.

A dramatic finish in the Munster v Clermont Auvergne game saw the title holders take the points, having looked as if a defeat might have sent them tumbling out of the competition, had Sale beaten Montauban (which they didn’t).

Dan Carter’s new side beat the leaders of pool 3, Leicester, to maintain their hopes of qualification where sixteen points from the boot of the All Black contributed to their 26-20 victory.

Wasps kept in touch with the Leinster at the top of Pool 2 with another victory over Glasgow, despite not playing particularly well. They’ll need to overturn the drubbing they received by the Irishmen when they meet in January.

Results this weekend sets up some exciting prospects for the new year, with Gloucester playing Cardiff, Munster versus Sale and Wasps taking on Leinster in games that could decide which teams progress.

Here are this weekend’s results – let us know which teams impressed you, and whether Munster still deserve to be favourites.

Scarlets 16 – 16 Ulster Rugby
Castres Olympique 18 – 15 Leinster
Dragons 13 – 26 Toulouse
Benetton Treviso 16 – 36 Ospreys
Biarritz Olympique 6 – 10 Cardiff Blues
Gloucester Rugby 48 – 5 Rugby Calvisano
Munster 23 – 13 ASM Clermont Auvergne
Harlequins 19 – 17 Stade Francais Paris
Montauban 16 – 12 Sale Sharks
London Wasps 19 – 11 Edinburgh
Glasgow Warriors 19 – 25 Bath Rugby
Perpignan 26 – 20 Leicester Tigers

3 thoughts on “Another epic Heineken Cup weekend

  1. That passage of play leading up to Evans’ dropped goal was outstanding. The complete control through 20-odd phases was so good to watch, and it had the mark of Dean Richards all over it. Incredible stuff.

  2. “suggesting that it could be more of a draw than internationals in the Northern Hemisphere”

    I hope not!

    The 6 nations is a wonderful tournament and it is nice to still have something where the richest teams dont always win and passion, team work and guts count. My worry for the heineken cup is that it becomes all about the money like some other sports.

  3. Talking of money – I read that Quins will actually make less money from their Twickenham sojourn to play Leicester over Christmas than if they’d held the match at the stoop. For them, it’s all about increasing the fan base (which in turn will make them more money).
    This kind of marketing, rather than relying on tv money, is the way forward for rugby and hopefully there are enough like-minded thinkers in the game for them not to fall into the football trap and rely on the massive tv revenues each year.
    I guess Harlequins will have learnt that it’s a dangerous thing to rely on from their drop into Nat 1. Just following a trail of thought, this is one of the reasons why a lot of people are against the ring-fencing that is going to happen next season where the top two leagues are protected from relegation and both receive ample tv money. Once clubs rely on it they’ll become puppets on tv bosses’ strings and before you know it Leicester Tigers will move to Tokyo to set up a “franchise” there and be part of the “Sky World League sponsored by McDonalds” with Tom Croft the poster boy for the new “Ultra Meaty Big Mac”. Stranger things have happened.

    Where the hell did that post come from?

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