Heineken Cup round-up: Thomas Waldrom in as Tigers go for broke

A four-times winner of the Heineken Cup and the team who have won it for the past two seasons could both go out of this year's competition after a dramatic final day of pool matches today.

Defeat for Toulouse at Leicester in Pool One would end their campaign, while Leinster, the defending champions, must await the result of the two matches in Pool One to know whether they have done enough to reach the quarter-finals.

Leicester go into their make-or-break match at Welford Road today with Thomas Waldrom in the back row as the only change from their draw with Ospreys in their previous Pool Two match.

"We will come flying out of the blocks, and it is always easier to come out of the blocks when you are at home," said Ben Youngs, Tigers' England scrum-half.

In Pool One Saracens should have few problems beating the bottom club Edinburgh to secure top spot. The outcome of the other match, between Munster and Racing Métro, is less clear-cut, but home advantage gives a boost to the Irish side. Victory would not be enough, though; they need a bonus point if they are to leave Leinster out in the cold.

Ulster improved their chances of a home tie in the quarter-finals from Pool Four with a scrappy 9-8 victory over Castres at Stade Pierre-Antoine.

Although not at their best, they came from behind to win courtesy of three Ruan Pienaar penalties and now await results tomorrow to see if they will be at home in the last eight.

Montpellier ensured they would join the Pool Six winners Toulon in the quarter-finals, for the first time in their history, as they cruised to a 22-3 victory over their French rivals. Tries from Thomas Combezou and Benoît Paillaugue, who converted both and kicked three penalties, saw them home after Jonny Wilkinson had opened the scoring with an early penalty for Toulon.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked 16 points but Lloyd Williams was the star turn as Cardiff Blues beat Sale 26‑14 in the Pool Six match yesterday with only pride at stake. Scrum-half Williams scored an excellent chip-and-chase try from the base of a scrum and set up Michael Paterson for another to beat a Sale side for whom the front row forwards Tommy Taylor and Aston Croall scored tries, Rob Miller converting both.

Victory was the reward for the Blues fans who worked hard on Friday to clear snow off the Arms Park so that the game could go ahead.

Qualifiers for the quarter-finals

Pool winners

Harlequins

Clermont Auvergne

Ulster

Toulon

Plus: Saracens or Munster; Toulouse or Leicester

Best two runners-up

Montpellier; Leinster or Munster

Life and Style
A teenager boy wakes up.
life
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book
filmChristopher Walken, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johanssen Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale
Life and Style
food + drink
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Playing to win: for Tanith Carey, pictured with Lily, right, and Clio, even simple games had to have an educational purpose
lifeTanith Carey explains what made her take her foot off the gas
Arts and Entertainment
A still from Duncan Campbell's hour-long film 'It for Others'
Turner Prize 2014
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hadley in a scene from ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’
musicSpandau Ballet are back together - on stage and screen
Arts and Entertainment
From left to right: Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein, Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Elliott Cowan as George Martin in 'Cilla'
tvCilla review: A poignant ending to mini-series
News
i100
Life and Style
Bearing up: Sebastian Flyte with his teddy Aloysius in Brideshead Revisited
lifePhilippa Perry explains why a third of students take a bear to uni
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Alan Sugar appearing in a shot from Apprentice which was used in a Cassette Boy mashup
artsA judge will rule if pieces are funny enough to be classed as parodies
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style