Harlequins through unbeaten, Montpellier make Leinster wait

Updated: January 20, 2013

Harlequins kept their perfect European record intact when they defeated Biarritz 16-19, however despite victory over Exeter, defending champions champions Leinster will have to wait until later to discover their fate as Montpellier secured a knock out berth with a stunning win at home over Toulon. Munster can deny their Irish rivals if they defeat Racing Metro with a bonus point today.

Former All Black Nick Evans put in a perfect kicking performance in treacherous, driving rain as Harlequins defeated Biarritz 16-9 to complete their European Cup group stage with a sixth win in six games. Quins, who had already made sure of their place in the quarterfinals, failed to gain a winning bonus point, but their Pool Three tally of 28 points could still make them the top seeds in the knockout phase.

Leinster finished their group campaign with 20 points following their 29-20 win over Exeter, while  Clermont had already made sure of their quarterfinal place and Saturday’s 29-0 win over the Scarlets gave them 28 points from six wins and a home clash in the next round against Montpellier.

Montpellier defeated Toulon 23-3 in an emotionally-draining clash to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

Last season’s beaten finalists Ulster rounded off their pool campaign with a first win in France at their 15th attempt, beating Castres 9-8.