English teams clinch Heineken Cup clean sweep

The Heineken Cup returned at the weekend with another round of thrilling matches in which the English representatives fared very well.

There were victories for Sale, Wasps, Harlequins, Leicester, Gloucester and Bath, with four of the teams reaping the maximum 5-points.

The game of the weekend must have been Bath’s victory over Glasgow 35-31, with the Scots pushing their hosts to the very last minute at The Rec. It looked like they might steal the game with an interception in the dying seconds, but Bath managed to get back to quash the last Glaswegian hope.

Leicester’s victory over Perpignan was particularly impressive, with Toby Flood appearing much more comfortable in club colours and scoring 23 points.

The champions Munster were beaten by Clermont Auvergne, where Brock James scored every one of the French side’s points, but Ronan O’Gara ensured that the Irish left with a losing bonus point – they always seem to know exactly what they need to qualify, and make sure they get it.

Harlequins also enjoyed their weekend, beating Stade Francais in Paris by 15 points to 10, ending their hosts’ 17-match unbeaten run at home. A repeat victory in the return fixture next week at The Stoop will put them very close to qualification for the quarter-finals for the first time since 1998.

We have some commentary and a full round-up to follow, but let us know which games you enjoyed, and whether any teams are standing out as favourites for the trophy.

One thought on “English teams clinch Heineken Cup clean sweep

  1. That Bath vs glasgow game was one of teh best I have seen in a long time. classic cup rugby, end to end flowing stuff, some great tries and tension right till the end. I though for a moment he was going to get that interception try right at the end, but he ran out of gas by about halfway

    not a good week for magners league team really.

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