19 December, 2010

Heineken Cup Round-up; Great win for Ulster at Bath; Leinster Rugby in pole position after convincing win; Munster can't afford another mistake:

Ulster (in white) stop Bath from progressing
Ulster scored a cracking 22-26 away win at Premiership Bath and now the Northern Ireland province have a chance of progressing to the Quarter-Final of Europe's Premier club rugby competition for the first time since they won it in 1999. Ulster have now completed back-to-back wins over Bath so would be deserving of a Quarter-Final place. Bath cannot now reach the Heineken Cup Quarter-Final after their third defeat in the Pool stage.

Munster (red) are struggling to progress after losing to Ospreys (black)
The Ospreys kept their Quarter-Final hopes alive by beating Muntster 19-15 at Liberty Stadium. Munster must now win their last two matches to progress, but picked up a losing bonus point which they didn't look like earning in the last 10 minutes. Elsewhere in Pool 3; Johnny Wilkinson/Felipe Contepomi inspired Toulon hammer London Irish 38-17 to eliminate the Exiles from the competition.

Leinster are likely to progress from Pool 2 after dismantling Clermont
Leinster now have every chance of progressing after comfortably beating Clermont Auvergne 24-8 in what looked like a very tough tie for the Irish men having (unluckily) lost last weekend to the same opposition.

"You can't catch me" - Leicester Tigers & Ireland's Geordan Murphy

Game of the weekend was the exciting Pool 5 tie at Welford Road between Leicester Tigers and Perpignan which finished in a 22-22 draw. This is now very much a three horse race with Scarlets top on 15 points, 3 points clear of third placed Perpignan. Leicester have 13 points so all to play for with two rounds left.

Previous champions Wasps sweep the Dragons aside to go top of Pool 6;
The Pool is now a two-horse race between Stade Toulouse & Wasps
In Pool 6; the two Heavyweight multiple former Champions (Toulouse & London Wasps) are walking away with it, but it is still a tight call for the top spot. Toulouse v Glasgow has been postponed until Tuesday due to the inclement weather. Toulouse will go top of the Pool with a win.

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