Tigers face a final showdown with Ulster in Saturday with both teams vying for a home quarter-final having already qualified for the last eight
Clermont remain on course for a home quarter-final with another two tries from Nalaga leading the way
Anyone who had not seen Northampton’s humbling 40-7 defeat by Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens coming may have forgotten the Saints’ series of home losses to Saracens, Ulster, Harlequins, Gloucester and Leicester last season. Or Leinster’s many wondrous performances in the Heineken Cup – three-time winners since 2009, even if last season they dropped a level to winning the Amlin Challenge Cup. The boys in blue did to Northampton on Saturday what they did to them in the famous second half of the 2011 Heineken final.
Harlequins’ doomed attempt to play fast and loose against a Scarlets team that knows no other way – “we will never change,” said the Welsh region’s manager and former Wales wing Garan Evans, as he boarded a bus emblazoned with a rampant dragon for a happy journey back down the M4 – leaves them contemplating more of the same pain this weekend, away to Clermont Auvergne in the second round of Heineken Cup pool matches.
Gareth Steenson struck a penalty in the 79th minute to clinch a remarkable 40-39 victory for Exeter against Gloucester in front of a full house at Sandy Park.
Clermont Auvergne 16 Munster 10: Munster colossus hopes watching Gatland saw enough despite semi-final cup defeat
It is claimed 'many' Quins supporters sold on their tickets for the Heineken Cup quarter-final
A few short weeks ago, when Saracens secured home advantage in the last eight of the Heineken Cup, their England wing Chris Ashton was still being talked of as a hot contender for this summer’s Lions series in Australia.
Harlequins have been given a kind draw for the group stages of next season's Heineken Cup. Biarritz will provide the English champions with their stiffest opposition in Pool Three, which is also made up of Ireland's weakest province, Connacht, and Zebre of Italy.
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Danny Cipriani believes he will return to England "a better player and a better person" following his 18-month stint with Melbourne Rebels.
Will a quick half sully the mystique of 007, wonders Geoffrey Macnab
Northampton Saints 36 Munster 51: Irish Heineken Cup dominance intensifies at expense of another English club
Scarlets 17 Northampton Saints 29
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