Heineken Cup Results

December 15, 2013
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heineken-cupOspreys dealt Castres a blow as they claimed the first win of their European Cup campaign, a 21-12 victory, over the French champions on Friday.

In Friday’s other fixture, Cardiff Blues produced another improbable success as they held on for a 9-7 win over Glasgow Warriors.

Ospreys 21-12 Castres

Dan Biggar won the battle of the boots to kick the Ospreys to their first win of this season’s tournament.

Catres, 15-9 winners at Stade Pierre Antoine last weekend, kept in touch for most of a lack-lustre Pool One contest through the goal-kicking of Rory Kockott but ultimately went down 12-21 in a second defeat in a group dominated by former champions Leinster.

The Ospreys were largely playing for pride in front of their home fans and in the end Castres’ poor record on the road – this was their 14th defeat in their last 15 away tournament matches – played a part in the Ospreys notching up another Liberty Stadium success.

Only Leinster and Saracens have won at the Liberty in the last eight seasons of European action and Toulouse are sill the only French side to win at the ground after this stop-start affair.

Glasgow Warriors 7-9 Cardiff Blues

Cardiff Blues took top spot in Pool Two with a second straight win over Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.

The Welsh side edged a tense encounter 9-7 as they backed up last week’s 29-20 success at the Arms Park to make it three wins in four in Europe.

They now sit three points clear of European Cup holders Toulon ahead of the French side’s home tie with Exeter Chiefs at the Stade Felix Mayol on Saturday.

A huge 62-metre early penalty from Rhys Patchell and another in either half from Leigh Halfpenny gave the Blues a deserved win against a Glasgow side who struggled to build any momentum throughout.

A late converted try from prop Ryan Grant gave the home team hope with nine minutes left but Duncan Weir missed a chance to win it for the Warriors when he pushed a long-range penalty wide of the posts with a minute-and-a-half remaining.

Muster 18-17 Perpigan

Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony claimed it took a ‘special performance’ from a ‘special team’ to bring his side back from the dead in Perpignan and claim a win on Saturday that keeps them at the top of Pool Six over the Christmas period.

When Tommaso Benvenuti ran in the try for Perpignan that put them ahead in the 77th minute, the game looked dead for Munster. But they conjured something out of nothing and JJ Hanrahan’s try with the last move of the match made it 18-17 to the visitors.

Toulon 32-20 Exeter Chiefs

Toulon Director of Rugby Bernard Laporte believes his team are getting better and rated the 32-20 win over Exeter Chiefs on Saturday as “our fullest game in the last two months.”

The reigning European Cup champions are now two points clear of Cardiff Blues, who they play at home in the next round, and Laporte knows that another home win over the Welsh region could see his side through to the last eight.
Harlequins 17-3 Racing Metro

Harlequins made it back-to-back victories over Racing Metro to keep their knock-out stage qualification hopes alive – but rain put a damper on their Twickenham Stoop showdown.

Harlequins, who scored four tries in their 32-8 victory over the Paris club at Stade de la Beaujoire in Round Three, had to be content with just a Charlie Walker “special” from the man of the match this time but the win took them to 11 points and four adrift of Pool Four leaders Clermont.

Gloucester 10-16 Edinburgh

Edinburgh did Pro12 colleagues Munster a huge favour as they reversed their home defeat to Gloucester to leave the Irishmen sitting pretty five points clear at the top of Pool Six.

Alan Solomons freshened up his side from the 12-23 defeat at Murrayfield a week earlier and his new-look team surprised the home side with the tenacity of their defence, control at the breakdown and patience with ball in hand.

 

Montpellier 14-15 Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers closed the gap on Pool Five leaders Ulster with a late win in Montpellier.

A converted try from centre Niki Goneva 45 seconds from the end snatched the victory against a determined French side.

Two tries in 10 minutes from flyhalf Enzo Selponi and wing Lucas Dupont looked to have secured Montpellier the win after Tom Youngs had crossed for the visitors but Goneva broke French hearts with his late try.

 

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