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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 January 2008, 16:50 GMT
Heineken Cup pool deciders
20 January, 2008

Bristol 0-17 Blues

Harlequins 10-31 Stade Francais
Bourgoin 21-28 Ospreys
Gloucester 29-21 Ulster


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By Mark Orlovac

1652: What a weekend it has been and it's been fantastic to have been part of it. Thanks so much for keeping me company, it's been good fun. Let's do this again soon. I'm now off to sit in a darkened room with a stiff drink. Take care.

1649: Here is the quarter-final line-up in full.

Saracens v Ospreys
London Irish v Perpignan
Gloucester v Munster
Toulouse v Cardiff Blues

By the way, Simon Keogh was the one that scored the late try for Quins!

1646: The final whistle goes in Bristol. Cardiff Blues are through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2001 although they do not have a home tie. All they needed was one more try and they would have hosted Toulouse. As it is, they will now have to travel to France.

1644: It's all over at the Stoop. Stade Francais may have won the game but it is not enough for them to progress.

1643: Harlequins are denied a try as the video referee cannot see if the ball was grounded under a pile of bodies.

"Come on the Blues. Quarter-final place is ours."
Anon via text

I'll have to admit that while I was watching Williams, I missed a try for Quins. Shame on me. I do not know who got it - sorry! I'll let you know as soon as I can.

1635: It is pouring down in Bristol, in fact conditions are getting worse, but Martyn Williams is still giving it his all. He has been brilliant today. However, a typical rampage leads to him receiving treatment.

1632: Three minutes of normal time to go in the two matches.

It's bonus-point time for Stade Francais. Corleto latches onto Sergio Parisse's neat offload and he runs in from a long way out. It will not make any difference to the group however as the Blues are still in charge.

The Quins defence desperately hang on in the corner to prevent Stade going over. The attack pulls in the numbers however and Skrela jogs through an enormous gap to score.

1623: Just got a text from Limerick reminding me of how many bottles of port I now owe after yesterday's results. Brilliant.

1619: Stade prop Rodrigo Roncero is sin-binned for stopping a Quins attack by standing way offside. It was a great bit of blatant foul play and he could not argue with that really.

1616: There is a minor falling out at the Stoop between a couple of opposing front rowers. It wouldn't be a game of rugby without a bit of biff would it?

1610: A wonderful break and offload from Stade replacement Ignacio Corleto carves the Quins defence wide open. The move breaks down when Arias loses control as he dives over.

The Blues claim a penalty and instead of kicking for touch, Blair is handed the ball to go for goal. Interesting decision. He gets the three points however.

"Cheers Orly, I seem to remember you from Argentina v Namibia or something like that from the RWC! Keep up the good rugby work."
From RARD on 606

Thanks very much RARD. Much appreciated.

Right, we think that as it stands it will be Saracens v Ospreys, London Irish v Perpignan, Gloucester v Munster and Toulouse v Blues. If the Blues claim a bonus-point victory then they will be at home. Painkillers anyone?

1558: Harlequins number eight Tom Guest crashes over but right at the last minute he drops the ball. The video referee calls it but Guest is not happy with the decision. Seems pretty clear to me.

1555: We are all ready for the final 40 minutes of this year's pool stages. The Blues are in the box seat as we speak.

"And don't say I didn't tell you!!! COME ON CARDIFF!!"
From TaffinItaly on 606

"Orly - Any word on the one to eight quarter-final qualifiers and likely matches?"
From RARD on 606

Hi RARD. I have been concentrating on the updates but I can promise you that we have the finest minds in BBC Sport interactive working on it as we speak!

1544: The half-time whistle blows at both matches.

Bristol are on the ropes and former Wales skipper Gareth Thomas puts the Blues further in front with a well-taken try. Blair converts from the touchline.

1540: Quins hammer away at the Stade defence right on the line but the French side are magnificent in defence. They eventually win back possession and in typically French fashion they launch a counter attack from inside their own in-goal area.

The Blues make a complete horlicks of a Bristol scrum and flanker Maama Molitika picks up the loose ball and goes over from close range. Blair adds the extras.

1536: Blues full-back Ben Blair misses a straightforward penalty attempt.

Skrela is setting the tone at the Stoop. His break starts another attack and a perfectly judged late pass leads to Arias' try. Skrela converts and Stade are now halfway towards the bonus point.

Stade attack again and Quins skipper Paul Volley is penalised for slowing the ball down illegally right in front of the posts. Skrela, who has played in two Heineken Cup finals, accepts the gift and the lead is now seven points.

1528 Williams thinks he has gone over for the Blues but Matt Salter's last-ditch tackle just, and only just, puts the Welshman into touch.

Stade pile the pressure on after a penalty touch near the Quins line. They take the direct route and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski goes over for the opening try. David Skrela kicks the conversion.

Stade Francais are resplendent in pink
"Cripes, what on earth are Stade Francais wearing?! They may win the match, but they lose the fashion battle."
RARD on 606

1519: The Blues cut Bristol open with some fine play in midfield and Jamie Roberts is sent over after some fine work from Tom Shanklin. However, Rolland redeems himself to the Bristol faithful by ruling that Shanklin's pass was forward.

1517: The forwards are dominating in Bristol and Blues flanker Martyn Williams is showing why new Wales coach Warren Gatland was so desperate to get him back into the international fold.

1513: Brown is having a storming start to the match. Stade turn the ball over in midfield and Julien Arias is set free down the wing. He looks odds on to score but from nowhere Brown flies across to put him into touch. Brilliant.

1512: Stade centre Stephane Glas finds a massive hole in the Quins defence but full-back Mike Brown serves up a massive hit that stops the Frenchman in his tracks.

1506: The Memorial Stadium erupts as Luke Arscott cuts a wonderful line to finish off a fine Bristol attack. The celebrations are cut short, however, as referee Alain Rolland rules that the nice offload he latched onto was forward.

What a start from the Quins. Stade, in their fantastic all-pink kit, kick the ball away and the home side counter. The French side transgress and Adrian Jarvis kicks over the penalty.

1501: The action has started between Quins and Stade and Bristol and Cardiff Blues. In the office we have been trying to work out what is happening and now my head hurts.

"C'mon Ulster!! I am really proud of determined performance. We've pushed them all they way."
Anon via text

1442: Ulster flanker Matt McCullough goes over in the corner but he loses control of the ball at the vital moment. The final whistle blows at Kingsholm and we now have seven quarter-final places sorted out. Gloucester go through as pool winners and can look forward to a home quarter-final.

Bourgoin claim a late consolation through Florian Denos but it is the final action of the match. The Ospreys have done what they needed to do and they can be satisfied with a job well done.

Jonathan Thomas goes over for the Ospreys and they are through to the last eight for the first time. Henson sets it up with an interception and Thomas celebrates.

1438: Qera is sin-binned for a late tackle on Bowe. I say late tackle, in fact Qera splits the winger in half. Ouch.

Another penalty for Bourgoin, this time for Morgan Parra , but the game is over.

Yet another try at Kingsholm. Lamb's direct pass finds the rampaging Luke Narraway, who sidesteps Bowe to score. Lamb fires his conversion against the post from close range.

Ulster are showing plenty of heart and are not lying over for anyone. Even though they are already out of the competition. Lamb's misses a touchfinder and Ulster counter with Bowe scoring his second. Great stuff. Headline for tomorrow morning: "Ireland's Bowe selector". Credit for that goes to my colleague Hass sitting next to me!

"Bowe has to start for Ireland this Six Nations. He is the only player to shine for a woeful Ulster side this season."
From Andy in Belfast on 606

Hook fires over a penalty after Bourgoin are penalised for a hand in the ruck.

It is all academic now as Gloucester reach the quarter-finals with Iain Balshaw's try. From good line-out ball, James Simpson-Daniel delivers a looping pass to Vainikolo, who in turn feeds Balshaw on his outside. Lamb misses the conversion. Even if Gloucester lose, they have 20 points which puts them through.

"Do you know what happen if Gloucester lose and finish second with 19 points? Will they go through ahead of Clermont?"
From joandarc on 606

OK, well if two teams from different groups finish on level points then total tries scored will determine who goes through. Clermont scored 22 and Gloucester at the moment have scored 22. It will then come down to aggregate points in the pool stages.

"Looks like the Ospreys have come good at the right time in the season at long last."
From craigtenniscoach on 606

Gloucester take the lead again. Ulster are under immense pressure but some wonderful defence keeps the home side out. Gloucester spread the ball and Ulster simply run out of numbers, leaving Qera to grab his second in the corner. Ryan Lamb, on for Chris Paterson, misses the conversion.

"Arrived at the Memorial Ground. come on the Blues! Going for a pre-match pint."
Anon via text

Wish I could join you! I'll have to wait until later.

Bourgoin again rumble forward. A pile of bodies crash over the line and somehow the video referee has to work out if the ball is grounded. If he can actually see the ball he is a better man than I. Well the try is given and it is given to Karena Wihongi while Laloo misses the conversion.

"Once again Gloucester are showing that they don't like being under pressure. They may well be great at attacking rugby, but defensively they can be awful."
From Portnawak on 606

"Ah, more entertainment than in the football but no one is having a crack on over here! We need company, Mark."
From jervisd on 606

Too right my friend. Couldn't agree with you more.

1403: Bourgoin are not going to throw this in without a fight, especially in front of their home support. They camp on the Ospreys line and although Matthieu Nicolas is sent over, referee Barnes rules that the pass that went to him was forward.

"The Cardiff Blues forwards need to put in a monumental effort today if they are to win."
From Owen via text

Game on at Kingsholm. Bowe collects his own chip, a stunning piece of play, and Ulster are on the charge. It goes through several pairs of hands and outside centre Andrew Trimble is in support to finish off the move. Superb try. Wallace converts and the Ospreys are now topping the group.

1357: Explosive stuff from the Ospreys at the start of the second half. Sonny Parker goes over for what he thinks is a try but play is brought back for obstruction. In Gloucester, Wallace misses another penalty.

1355: We are back on at Kingsholm and in France.

1345: The half-time whistle blows in both games. Deep breath.

1342: Ulster come forward despite being reduced to 14 men and Delve is pinged for coming in at the side. Wallace has a simple chance to give his side three points at the very end of the first half but somehow he spoons it. Oh dear, that really has let Gloucester off the hook.

1338: It goes from bad to worse for Ulster. Winger Mark McCrae is sin-binned for tackling Gloucester number eight Gareth Delve in the air while he is catching the ball. To be honest, it seems a bit harsh and a warning probably would have sufficed. Maybe referee Romain Poite was listening to the Shed.

Gloucester get a five-metre scrum and the forwards do their work. Scottish blind-side flanker Alasdair Strokosch shows his power to barge over the line and put his side ahead again. Paterson slots over from in front of the posts.

The Ospreys fire the ball downfield after Bourgoin are penalised for a stray boot at a ruck and from the resulting line-out, the forwards inch their way towards the line. The ball is moved out quickly and full-back Lee Byrne finds himself in the line. After a nice show to the outside, he bursts through the gap to score and the Ospreys are in control. Hook slips as he is about to kick the conversion and unsurprisingly he misses.

The tries are going in everywhere. Ospreys number eight Filo Tiatia barges his way up the middle and although he is brought down, the ball is spread wide and Hook plays in Shane Williams for the try in the corner. Hook adds the extras.

Ulster scrum-half Isaac Boss produces a sublime break and then delivers a looping pin-point pass to Tommy Bowe on the wing who crashes over in the corner, great try. Wallace slots over from the touchline.

1321: BOURGOIN 6-6 OSPREYS The Ospreys are bossing possession and they enjoy phase after phase but Bourgoin are holding firm. Eventually, Barnes blows up as the French side's defensive line is offside and Hook lands the three points.

Gloucester go ahead. England centre Mike Tindall makes the break and gives to Fiji flanker Akapusi Qera, who has the simple task of crossing over. Chris Paterson converts.

"Nice to see two of the English bully clubs out of the cup. How on earth Julian White stayed on the pitch I don't know - and Wasps moaning about the ref, well that's rich."
From Andy via text

"Bad start for Ospreys. I still have them down to win narrowly though. And I think Gloucester will be comfortable winners against Ulster."
From jervisd on 606

1313: Ulster fly-half Paddy Wallace misses a penalty attempt at goal.

1311: Vainikolo goes on the charge and Ulster full-back Mark Bartholomeusz is the unfortunate player that has to try and stop him. Ulster's Rory Best and Olivier Azam have a little coming together but it is only handbags. Rugby handbags that is - not football ones.

Another score in France. The Ospreys fail to stay on their feet at a ruck and the wonderfully-named Laloo slots over another penalty. Scrappy opening.

The Ospreys rumble forward with the help of a couple of offloads and eventually they win a penalty. Unfortunately, I don't know what for as I was busy tapping in the previous entry. James Hook steps up and fires the ball through the posts. We are level again.

Not a good start for the Welsh side. Referee Wayne Barnes penalises the Ospreys for not rolling away in the tackle and centre Sebastien Laloo puts Bourgoin ahead.

1301: Bourgoin start the match in France. Conditions at the Stade Pierre Rajon are perfect, it is sunny and dry. The action begins at Kingsholm soon after.

1258: The covers are on at Bristol's Memorial Stadium. Looking at television pictures of the Bristol Rovers game yesterday, the pitch is sodden, which should suit the home side for their must win game.

1249: My good friend Jonathan Stevenson is back in the chair for live Premier League action. Get involved with some football chat but you are only allowed to do so if you promise to return back here. Deal?

1240: Gloucester will reach the quarter-finals should they overcome basement club Ulster at Kingsholm, if fact, a draw will also be enough. They welcome back explosive winger Lesley Vainikolo, who has not played since 29 December following the death of his father.

The Ospreys travel to France for the tricky game against Bourgoin and victory will see them qualify. Even for me that seems quite simple.

1234: You know the drill, we need as much of your chat as possible today. Get involved on 606 or by text on 81111 with the word "RUGBYU" before your comment. Go on, you know you want to.

1228: Well yesterday was a cracker wasn't it? Five teams are already through, Saracens, London Irish, Perpignan, Munster and Toulouse with the final three places up for grabs on Sunday. Cardiff Blues, Stade Francais, Bristol, Gloucester and the Ospreys, who are all in action today, are still in the hunt while French side Clermont Auvergne will be anxiously waiting to see if they can sneak in after their win over the Scarlets on Saturday.

Have a look at our very handy permutations guide to see what your team needs to do.

1225: Hello you. Welcome back for another action-packed day in the Heineken Cup. Sit back and we will give you all the latest news throughout the day. Enjoy.

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