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