Toulouse triumphed 21-11 over Saracens in their key European Cup Pool Three clash at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday to book their place in the quarterfinals.
Earlier, Leinster came back from 0-14 down to secure a 29-22 win over French champions Castres while Northampton Saints saw off Ospreys 29-17 to keep their play-off hopes alive.
We look at Sunday’s action!
Ospreys 17-29 Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints kept up the pressure on Pool One leaders Leinster with a hard-fought win over the Ospreys. Three second-half tries, including a superb individual effort from Wales wing George North, maintains the Saints in second place in the group after Leinster’s win in Castres. The Ospreys’ defeat means they stay bottom of the pool with just a solitary victory going into the final round of matches.
Tries: Webb, AW Jones
Cons: Biggar 2
For Northampton Saints:
Tries: North, Pisi, Dickson
Pens: Myler 4
Yellow cards: Ryan Bevington (Ospreys, 31), Christian Day (Northampton Saints 59), Aisea Natoga (Ospreys, 71)
Castres 22-29 Leinster
Leinster are one point away from becoming the third Irish team to reach the European Cup quarterfinals after staging a major fightback at the home of French champions Castres. With Pool One wide open, the three-time champions knew they needed to pull off a big win in France and they weren’t banking on falling 14-0 in arrears in the face of a brilliant opening blitz from Castres.
Tries: Gray, Dulin, Lamerat
Cons: Garcia 2
Tries: Gopperth 2, Murphy
Pens: Gopperth 3
DG: R Kearney
Yellow card: Sean Cronin (Leinster, 69)
Toulouse 21-11 Saracens
Toulouse stepped up their quest for a fifth European Cup crown as they booked their place in the last eight with a hard-fought win over fellow tournament heavyweights Saracens. Jean-Marc Doussain kicked seven penalties for Europe’s most successful side to ensure they qualify for the quarterfinals with a week to spare. They will have to wait until Round Six to try and top the pool and claim a home tie in the knock-out stages but they are now guaranteed to finish as at least one of the two best runners-up in this year’s tournament.
Pens: Doussain 7
Pens: Farrell 2
Yellow card: Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 60)