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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 January 2008, 19:43 GMT
Heineken Cup as it happened

Munster 19-3 Wasps

Scarlets 0-41 Clermont
Leicester 25-9 Leinster
Toulouse 34-10 Edinburgh
Dragons 0-25 Perpignan
Treviso 11-24 London Irish


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By Mark Orlovac

1933: Thanks for your company on what has been a superb day. I may have lost yet more bottles of port but I reckon the guy I'm giving them to will want to drink them with me anyway! We have five teams through, Saracens, London Irish, Perpignan, Toulouse and Munster and we'll discover who will claim the other three places tomorrow. Can't wait. We will be back doing all of this again tomorrow so I'll see you then. Keep the chat coming, take care.

"Just watching Wasps capitulate in what is at best a very ordinary season for them. Why are so many speaking so highly of Wasps? As far as I am concerned, the fewer Wasps players who go near the England shirt the better!"
From Tinoflyer on 606

1922: It's all over in Limerick. It may not been a classic but Munster managed the conditions superbly and totally deserve top spot and with it, a place in the last eight. The Thomond Park crowd rise as one to salute their heroes while the Wasps players trudge off dejected. Wasps are third and out while Clermont will have to wait for Sunday's results to see if they are in the mix.

"The Leamy try should never have been allowed to happen as O'Callaghan knocked it on at the line-out where Wasps gave away the penalty."
From wemmett on 606

Floch adds a sixth try for Clermont as they complete a comprehensive victory. Who says French teams can't travel? Scarlets fans will not want remember this season's Heineken Cup campaign in a hurry.

1917: We are in injury time, Wasps are attacking but it doesn't matter now really.

1909: MUNSTER 19-3 WASPS
Brilliant wet-weather stuff from Munster. They keep it tight and go through 20-odd phases, inching closer and closer to the line. O'Gara produces a piece of magic, carving a huge gap between Phil Vickery and Raphael Ibanez with a splendid dummy, and plays in Leamy for a well-deserved try. Munster are heading for the last eight and Wasps look as if they know the game is up.

Number eight Elvis Vermeulen crosses for Clermont to pile on the misery for the Scarlets.

1904: Wasps get a bit of momentum after Munster concede two quickfire penalties. But Munster yet again ruin the line-out and O'Gara batters the ball way down the field. Meanwhile, Shaw has apparently been taken to hospital.

1859: Wasps are plugging away but Munster are in total control. Dallaglio returns to the field and is given a warm Thomond Park reception. OK then, maybe not. A Eoin Reddan pass does not find the intended target, the ball goes straight out and another Wasps attack comes to an end.

1848: MUNSTER 12-3 WASPS
Thomond Park erupts as Dallaglio is sin-binned for placing his hands in a ruck right in front of the posts as Munster attack. It is all part of his game of course but the problem for the number eight is that this time referee Owens sees it. O'Gara lands the easy penalty and if it stays like this, Wasps are third in the pool and out of it.

1847: SCARLETS 0-29 CLERMONT James and full-back Anthony Floch cross for Clermont and they are now well and truly in the equation. Wasps could be in big trouble.

Brock James lands a penalty as Clermont begin to turn the screw against the Scarlets. What is a concern for Wasps fans is that if the French side score two more tries and the scoreline stays the same in Limerick, the defending champions are out.

1838: Worries for England coach Brian Ashton ahead of the Six Nations after Simon Shaw suffers what looks like a bad injury in another lost line-out for Wasps. Shaw looks like he knows how serious it is as he keeps banging his head against the physio's shoulder. He is eventually stretchered off, it does not look good for a player that was a key performer at the World Cup.

1835: O'Gara starts the second half and after Josh Lewsey spills the ball in contact, the Ireland number 10 keeps his cool and kicks for touch. Intelligent play.

"Assuming Wasps get it together in the next 40 minutes I still stand by a Wasps v Toulouse final."
From MUTT1170 on 606

1826: Right, time for a quick break. As it stands, Munster top the group with Wasps in second. The second half will be tense and Wasps are going to struggle if they continue their line-out horror show and if O'Gara continues to peg the visitors back with his accurate tactical kicking.

Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan makes a complete mess of a Wasps line-out, allowing O'Gara to chip to the corner. Wasps infringe and after being told that he only has time for a pop at goal, O'Gara steps up and puts his side six points ahead from near the touchline. Great kick.

Clermont increase their lead when Loic Jacquet crosses. The Scarlets have not got a point so far this campaign and it is not looking good for them again.

Just as Leamy's period in the sin-bin comes to an end, Wasps and England lock Simon Shaw is given 10 minutes rest for making no attempt to retreat 10 metres as David Wallace goes on the charge. O'Gara opts to kick at goal and he nails it.

"Saracens to win the Heineken Cup, everyone underestimates them and it is going to cost the opposition."
From Lboro2 on 606

1805: It is all very cagey at Thomond Park with both sides happy to kick possession away. You can't blame them for doing so with the weather as it is.

1800: Blind-side flanker Denis Leamy sees yellow after putting his hand in the ruck to flick the ball back to his side. Poor discipline and that does not help the men in red.

1758: Some more handbags and Jerry Flannery has blood streaming down his face. This is brutal stuff but I love it.

1756: Owens brings together the two captains after Dallaglio finds himself at the centre of a line-out dust up. "Whatever happened there, stays there," he says. Some chance I reckon.

1753: Referee Nigel Owens penalises Munster for not rolling away from a tackle which doesn't go down well with the home crowd. Cipriani steps up for another lengthy pop at goal but the ball just goes wide.

It's level pegging after O'Gara slots over a penalty. Dallaglio has a cut above his eye with the game only 12 minutes old - it's tough out there.

Hooker Mario Ledesma puts his side ahead with a try on eight minutes.

1744: News from Wales, Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones has been left out of the side to take on Clermont and there are rumours flying around Stradey Park that the Welsh half-back is off to Biarritz. Watch this space.

Wasps have had a steady start and they take the lead with a monster penalty from Cipriani. If anyone doubted his ability to handle the pressure, that probably answered a few of them.

"Atmosphere is spell-binding as usual at Thomond Park. How can Munster lose with this crowd behind them? Magical."
From RebelArmyRedDevil on 606

1737: Fly-half Danny Cipriani starts the game for Wasps.

1734: Ronan O'Gara and his Munster team get an incredible reception as they come out onto the pitch. Great atmosphere.

1733: Wasps skipper Lawrence Dallaglio smashes his fist on the wall of the dressing room before leading his side out into the bear pit that is Thomond Park. As he does so, the Munster crowd start singing the "Fields of Athenry". What a welcome.

1729: Cheers Hass. Hello again. Ready for a cracker? Good stuff. It is absolutely lashing down in Limerick, which will play into the hands of the home side. Paul Sackey is out for defending champions Wasps, he is ill, so Dominic Waldouck takes over on the wing.

By Nabil Hassan

1724: Right that's it from me, hope your enjoyed the read. If not you'll be pleased to know that I'm handing back to the very capable Mark Orlovac. Orlo, it's all yours!

1722: So it is over to Thomond Park where it is absolutely bucketing down. Should suit Munster and no doubt Josh Lewsey can expect some high balls, early on.

And it's full-time at Welford Road as Leicester and Leinster go out of the tournament. Despite having nothing to play for Leicester were brilliant, simply awesome and they fully deserved their win.

Full-time in France as Toulouse top pool six and march on to the quarter-final stage. On this form they will be a match for anyone left in the tournament.

It's goodnight Vienna for Leinster. Ben Herring gets Leicester's third try of the game, bundling over from close range to secure victory. Goode adds the conversion, rubbing salt into Leinster's very large wounds. Game over.

Edinburgh get their first try of the game but it is too little, too late. Ben Gissing goes over for the Scottish side with Mike Blair adding the conversion.

"Toulouse will win it this year, they will get 5 points against Edinburgh get Wasps or Munster at home and then they can beat any of Gloucester, Irish or Saracens in the semis and final."
From dan186 on 606

Leinster have 20 minutes to save their European season. Leicester are playing well though and seem determined not to allow Leinster back in the game.

It really is one way traffic in France. Prop Salvatori Perugini bundles over from close range and despite a hint of a knock-on the try is given.

Leicester aren't going to let Leinster back in this. Goode sends over yet another penalty to restore their nine point advantage.

Tom Varndell forgets the rules of rugby as he intentionally slaps the ball into touch resulting in a Leinster penalty. Contepomi makes him pay with three points.

Toulouse get their bonus point through winger Yves Donguy who juggles the ball down the wing before crossing for their fourth try. Gaffie Du Toit converts.

1631: Byron Kelleher replaces Jean-Baptiste Elissalde for Toulouse.

1626: Back underway at Welford Road and Julian White is back on the pitch.

1623: Play resumes in France with Toulouse chasing a bonus point.

1620: I've just seen the Julian White incident again on TV. That was the best/worst punch I have ever seen on a rugby pitch, it was real Floyd Mayweather stuff. Incredibly O'Kelly stayed on his feet.

"Leicester - brilliant, but nasty edge. White should have had a straight red, Goode reckless."
From mpwapwaman on 606

1615: Half time at both games as the crowd go wild at Welford Road. That was a pulsating 40 minutes of rugby and Leinster have it all to do if they want to play knock-out rugby in Europe this season.

Edinburgh just keep shooting themselves in the foot and Toulouse are walking away with the group. As the Scots attack, Fritz collects a poor attempted offload and races in for a try from inside his own half. It is all too easy.

1610 The referee is losing his rag at Welford Road as things continue to hot up. He asks both side's to calm down. Two hopes of that happening. No hope and Bob Hope.

"Julian White should have seen red."
From Limerickred on 606

1608: It all kicks off again, Leicester are fired up for this game big time. Goode almost takes Brian O'Driscoll's head off with a high tackle and then follows it up by trying to plant the Irishman's head into the Welford Road turf. He is the second player to be sent to the bin.

"Whoever wins in Pool Five will be the eventual winners of the Cup."
From bewilderingrugbyfan on 606

Vincent Clerc goes over for Toulouse who edge further ahead.

1603: It all kicks off at Welford Road. Julian White uses Malcolm O'Kelly's head as a human punch-bag and gets sent to the bin. He should have gone.

Edinburgh get their first points of the game with Phil Godman sending over a penalty for the Scots.

1558: Goode misses a penalty for Leicester but his side are still nine points ahead. As things stand Leinster won't be playing Heineken Cup rugby again this season. Unhappy days.

Two tries in as many minutes. This time Seru Rabeni storms through the Leinster defence for their second try of the game. Goode adds the conversion.

After intense pressure Leicester finally get the break through. Brett Deacon goes over in the corner for the first try of the afternoon. Welford Road goes mad.

1549: Fair play to Leicester, they may have nothing to play for but they're giving Leinster a torrid time.

Right, time to play catch up in France. Wonderful try from Toulouse. Florian Fritz breaks from deep and then kicks ahead. Edinburgh cannot mop up and the ball is kicked to the wing where Vincent Clerc collects to touch down. Elissalde adds the extras.

Tit for tat at Welford Road as Leinster get their noses ahead with another penalty from Contepomi.

Leicester respond with Andy Goode slotting over the Tigers' first points of the afternoon.

Over in France, Toulouse take an early lead through the boot of Jean-Baptiste Elissalde.

Great start for Leinster with Felipe Contempomi sending over an early penalty for the visitors.

Nice one Orlo. Late change for Leicester, Ayoola Erinle comes in for Ollie Smith at outside centre.

By Mark Orlovac

1524: So, Irish finish top of pool one, two points clear of Perpignan. Right then, no rest for the wicked - let's travel to Leicester and Toulouse for the next installment. What a day. The wonderful Hass will take over for these two. See you in a bit.

"I think Ollie smith and Seru Rabeni are going to struggle containing Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy. Let's hope the Tigers can show we're still a class act with a bruising forward performance."
Anon via text

1516: TREVISO 11-24 LONDON IRISH It's deep, deep into injury time in Italy and after camping on the Treviso line, Irish claim the vital bonus point when Hewat powers his way over. The travelling Exiles support know what that means, their side have a home quarter-final. The final whistle blows and the party can start.

Nice move from Perpignan and wing Christophe Manas crosses in the corner. The whistle blows and the French side come away with a fine victory, although they did not get the bonus point. Perpignan are in the last eight and they are now waiting to see if they will top the group.

Hmmm. This could be interesting. Treviso spread the ball wide and Delon Armitage, for some reason, flies up completely out of position. Armitage misses his man, leaving a huge gap behind him and wing Benjamin De Jager crosses in the corner. There is five minutes left in Italy.

It's all over at Rodney Parade. The Dragons make a complete horlicks of an attacking move in midfield, Perpignan's David Marty picks up the loose ball and the centre runs in unopposed for the try. One word. Sloppy.

1458: Perpignan have weathered the storm and they have the chance to increase their advantage with another penalty. However, Montgomery makes a right spoons of the kick and the ball flies way wide. Just so that we are completely certain of what went wrong, Percy gives a withering stare at the ground beneath him.

"Footy or rugby? Love em both. Footy for the spectacle rugby for the spirit and big hits."
From Ollie via text

1451: Irish seem to have taken their foot off the gas and Treviso are controlling things at the moment. The Exiles are solid enough in defence, though, and are able to turn the ball over.

1449: Perpignan get a reprieve when the Dragons front row try to engage too early and the visitors clear their lines.

1443: The Dragons pack rumbles towards the Perpignan line and the Rodney Parade faithful find their voice although the French side keep them out. In Italy, Treviso prop Salvatore Costanzo is harshly sin-binned for foul play.

1438: Wonderful attack from the Dragons and some fine interplay splits the Perpignan defence. However, centre Phillip Dollman cannot hold onto the ball as he dives over the line and the chance goes.

The momentum is certainly with Treviso. Another Goosen penalty, as Irish are pinged for offside, reduces the deficit to 13 points.

Montgomery increases Perpignan's lead with another three points. Dragons number eight Michael Owen, who has taken over the captaincy after Charvis' injury, gets a severe telling off from referee Rob Debney regarding the back-chat he is getting from the home side.

Treviso get their first points of the game, Goosen slotting over a penalty after Irish are penalised for offside.

1427: Treviso, resplendent in pink, kick off in Italy. Irish are without England's Peter Richards because of injury.

1425: Dragons fly-half Ceri Sweeney kicks-off to start the second half against Perpignan.

"Nobody is talking about Leinster. I think they have a chance, Edinburgh are on a good run of form and Toulouse bottle everything."
lukefitzgeraldclass on 606

1417: Treviso are desperate to end the half with a score. They are having all the ball but Irish hold firm before the whistle goes for the half-time break. As we stand, Irish are still top, one point ahead of Perpignan.

1413: Treviso threaten the Irish line but the visitors hold them out with some impressive defence. It's half-time at Rodney Parade.

Irish make Treviso pay for the miss and Tomas de Vedia and Hewat go over in quick succession. Hewat's try coming after a fine break from Delon Armitage. The Exiles need just one more try for the bonus.

1404: Treviso inside centre Marius Goosen, whose late penalty sealed victory for the Italian side over the Dragons in December, misses a kick at goal.

Lovely move by Perpignan in the wet. The Dragons defence runs out of numbers as the ball is spread wide, Montgomery taps the ball on and Jean-Phillipe Grandclaude is on hand to crash over.

"Cipriani is going to crumble at Thomond today, he's barely out of his nappies, Munster are going to run Wasps ragged!"
From Clogowes_army on 606

Exiles scrum-half Peter Richards puts his side ahead with a try on 22 minutes. Full-back Peter Hewat kicks the extras and we are as we were in pool one with Irish in pole position.

1347: Further problems for the Dragons. Flanker Colin Charvis is forced off with an injury and forlornly takes his place on the bench. Meanwhile, Treviso prop Nicolas De Gregori is sin-binned.

Perpignan have dominated the opening exchanges and Montgomery gives his side a deserved lead with a well-taken penalty.

1337: There is a lot on today in the world of sport and my highly-esteemed colleague Jonathan Stevenson is over on the football service with all the Premier League action. Go over and say hello but make sure you come back now.

1332: South African World Cup full-back Percy Montgomery misses an early penalty chance for Perpignan. It really isn't nice out there.

1330: Perpignan start their game at a very soggy Rodney Parade. London Irish are off as well.

1326: First up, we have London Irish against Treviso and the Dragons against Perpignan. Irish and Perpignan are through if they win while a five-point maximum for the Exiles will see them claim a home quarter-final.

"Had a bet at the beginning of the season for the six group winners: Wasps, Toulouse, London Irish, Gloucester, Saracens, Stade Francais...I'm sweating today, but the beer's keeping me cool. If I could just get rid of my missus, kid and dog for eight hours!"
MosesT on 606

1318: The live text legend that is Tom Fordyce has just taken his seat next to me and to be honest, I'm feeling a little nervous just being in his presence. You can catch his commentary on the Masters snooker later.

"My money is on Danny Cipriani to have a stormer. Come on English clubs!"
From hellraiser-rob on 606

1309: Television coverage is showing replays of the incredible Heineken Cup semi-final between Munster and Wasps in 2004 at Lansdowne Road. The best club game in history? Probably. I do know that the hairs on the back on my neck were standing up watching it again. Brilliant.

1255: It will be a day for the calculators with all the different permutations. Luckily you can have a look at what your team needs to do with our very handy guide.

"Got rid of the girlfriend for the day, the beer mug is in the freezer and ready for seven hours of quality rugby. Can't wait."
From lookingbusy on 606

That my friend, sounds like a perfect way of spending the day. Good work.

1249: The texts from extended family in Limerick started yesterday and foolishly I have four bottles of port riding on the outcome of the monster clash between Munster v Wasps game at 1735. After blowing all my cash at Wimbledon dogs on Friday night, some of my fancied dogs are still running, I could be quite a poor man by the end of the day.

1242: Now don't let me spout on all on my own for the next seven hours. I want to put in as much of your chat as possible. Get involved via 606 or by text on 81111 with the word "RUGBYU" before your comment. Nice one.

"London Irish to go all the way! Have the team and ability to beat any team on their day! Wasps to sneak the win at Munster!!!"
From Mike7817 on 606

1234: Quite simply, it's a huge day in the Heineken Cup. For the first time, we went into the final round of pool games without a single quarter-final place yet decided. That's a great stat isn't it? Saracens got the ball rolling with victory over Glasgow on Friday night, and are in the last eight for the first time.

And today, there is a fantastic line-up. London Irish, Perpignan, Toulouse, Leinster, Munster, Wasps and Clermont are all vying for a place in the knock-out stages. Am I excited? You betcha.

1230: Ready for a thrilling day of Heineken Cup action? Thought so. Hold on to your hats, not long to wait now.

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