Leinster secure their spot in the Heineken Cup quarterfinals with their bonus point win over Ospreys.
Round Five saw Toulon, Toulouse, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ulster, Leicester Tigers and Munster all qualify for the last night and Northampton Saints currently occupy the second best runners-up spot with 17 points thanks to their 13-3 home win over Castres Olympique that earned them second place in Pool One.
But Saints coach Jim Mallinder and his players face a nervous weekend as they wait to see if anyone can knock them out and possibly into the Challenge Cup quarterfinals. Three Pool runners-up from the European Cup move into the last eight in the Challenge Cup.
“We got the win and we are still in Europe, whatever competition that might be. We can sit back now and enjoy the weekend,” said Mallinder after his side’s hard fought win.
“They are a good side and they brought a good side with them. You like to talk about four tries and bonus points, but it is about winning. We probably kicked the ball a bit too much in the first half, ran it too much after that and didn’t get our game plan right.
“But winning becomes a good habit and we are into that habit at the moment and it was really pleasing we beat the French champions.”
Leinster reached the last eight for the 11th time in their history and won their Pool for the 10th time.
But their 22 points might not be enough to earn them a home draw as five teams could pass that mark and push them down to the sixth best qualifier.
As for the Saints, they could be overtaken by Saracens, Connacht, Cardiff Blues, Edinburgh and Harlequins over the next two days.
Friday’s scores and scorers:
Tries: Penalty try 2, Healy, Murphy, Boss
Cons: Gopperth 4
Red card: Ian Evans (Foul play, 20 mins)
Northampton Saints 13-3 Castres
Try: G. Pisi
Pens: Myler 2