Heineken Cup - Round-up: Big win for Tigers

Sat, 15 Jan 13:47:00 2011

A round-up of a busy day of Heineken Cup action with the Leicester Tigers earning a big win at the Scarlets.

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Leinster inflicted a 43-20 defeat on Saracens at the RDS to book their place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

Sarries were only 22-12 adrift at half-time, turning around with the advantage of a blustery wind, but tries from Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa and Eoin O'Malley eased Leinster away.

In a free-flowing first half, man-of-the-match Sean O'Brien and Dominic Ryan (two) touched down for the hosts, with James Short and Kelly Brown crossing for Sarries. However, the Aviva Premiership high-flyers were taught an attacking lesson after the break, and an injury-time try from Nils Mordt was meaningless in the end.

The bonus-point victory keeps Leinster five points clear of Clermont Auvergne and guarantees them top spot in Pool Two with a better head-to-head record over the French side.


Ian Humphreys boosted Ulster's hopes of making the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with a late long-range penalty to earn his side a 9-6 win over Biarritz.

Humphreys' late match clincher from just inside his own half ensures that the Pool Four winner will be decided in next weekend's final round of games.

Biarritz's losing bonus point could yet prove crucial to who tops the group, though, and the French outfit look more likely to qualify should they beat Bath. But if Ulster win at Aironi they could be on target to get through as one of the two best runners-up in the competition.

Dimitri Yachvili was on target with two penalties for the visitors.


England scrum-half Ben Youngs nudged Leicester towards a Heineken Cup quarter-final place as his solo try in a 32-18 win stunned the Scarlets in Pool Five.

Youngs' 40-metre dash for glory, which followed an Alesana Tuilagi touchdown 10 minutes earlier, means a bonus point victory over Welford Road visitors Treviso next Sunday should be enough to see Tigers progress as group winners or one of two best runners-up.

England fly-half Toby Flood kept the scoreboard ticking with five penalties and a conversion for 17 points at a windswept Parc-y-Scarlets, although the home side led 10-6 at half-time following wing Morgan Stoddart's try.

Stephen Jones added two penalties and a conversion, while Sean Lamont claimed an injury-time touchdown, but the Scarlets ultimately proved unable to avenge a 46-10 drubbing in Leicester three months ago.

Tigers substitute Steve Mafi finished the Scarlets off with a 79th-minute try, although Lamont had the final word, albeit an irrelevant one.


Perpignan kept themselves right in the chase for a Heineken Cup quarter-final spot with a 44-9 bonus-point victory against Pool Five opponents Treviso at Stadio Comunale di Monigo.

Treviso had caused a huge upset by beating the Catalans outfit in last season's competition, and they looked capable of pulling off another shock result when three penalties from fly-half Willem de Waal put them 9-3 up.

But full-back Jerome Porical kicked his second and third penalties for the visitors to level the scores by half-time, before Perpignan took control after the break as Gregory Le Corvec, Farid Sid, Nicolas Laharrague and Julien Candelon (two) all crossed to seal a comfortable win.

The French side are likely to need at least a win from their final pool clash with the Scarlets if they are to progress as group winners.


European champions Toulouse stretched their unbeaten record to stay top of Heineken Cup Pool Six despite an unconvincing 17-3 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

Captain Thierry Dusautoir scored in each half, either side of Vincent Clerc's 32nd try of the competition, although the Frenchmen failed to collect a bonus against the pool's bottom side.

Jason Tovey scored the only points for the Dragons with a penalty just before half-time, but the Welsh club came away from Stade Ernest-Wallon having earned credit for their defensive display.

A frustrating afternoon for the cup holders was capped by the sight of Frederic Michalak shown a yellow card late on, just moments after returning from a long-term injury.

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