Heineken Cup - Munster face Saints again

Eurosport - Sun, 24 Jan 17:17:00 2010

Twice champions Munster have drawn group opponents Northampton at Thomond Park in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup.

Munster - 0

The Irish province defeated Northampton 12-9 in Limerick in their final group game last week to make sure of a home draw, having lost to the Saints 31-27 at Franklin's Gardens earlier in the tournament.

Defending champions Leinster host Clermont at the RDS in Dublin, while sole Welsh representatives Ospreys face a trip to Biarritz.

The remaining quarter-final sees a French showdown between three-times champions Toulouse and arch-rivals Stade Francais.

"First up for us is Clermont," said Leinster captain Leo Cullen. "If we can get past them then we will start looking at the challenge of facing either Toulouse or Stade Francais Paris.

"The quality of the teams left in the Heineken Cup is just unbelievable and this season the French teams have really hit back with their teams winning four of the six Pools.

"It has brought a French feel to the tournament and you have to say they are looking pretty formidable, particularly with the prospect for them of playing in the final in Paris in May."


Munster v Northampton

Biarritz v Ospreys

Toulouse v Stade Francais

Leinster v Clermont

(matches to be played on April 9, 10 and 11)

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Toulouse/Stade Francais v Leinster/Clermont Auvergne

Biarritz/Ospreys v Munster/Northampton

(matches to be played May 1 and 2)


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