Munster, Clermont, Saracens and Toulon march into the Heineken Cup semi-finals

Updated: April 6, 2014


Munster powered through to the last 4 of the Heineken Cup with an impressive 6 try rout over 4 times champions Toulouse while Clermont and Saracens also advanced following victories over Leicester and Ulster respectively.

In a repeat of the 2008 final the Red Army proved to much for the French outfit scoring 5 second half tries in an exhibition of power and flair that would not have gone unnoticed by Toulon, their semifinal opponents.

Keith Earls got the only score in the first half as Munster took a 4 point lead into the break. The floodgates opened in the second half as man of the match CJ Stander, Casey Laulala, Dave Kilcoyne, Simon Zebo and Paul O’Connell all crossed the whitewash to give the former champions a 47-23 win.

In Clermont-Ferrand Leicester put on a brave performance when they were downed 22-16 by Clermont. Wesley Fofana and Morgan Parra provided all the points for the French as they extended their unbeaten home record to an incredible 75 matches.

Saracens set up a last 4 clash with Clermont at Twickenham when they edged Ulster 17-15 in a tight encounter at Ravenhill. Ulster were up against it from the fourth minute after fullback Jared Payne was sent off following a reckless tackle on opposite number Alex Goode.

Ulster did well to stay in the match thanks mainly to the boot of Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson however it was Chris Ashton brace and another from Mouritz Botha that ultimately proved the difference for Saracens.

Former winners Leinster were knocked out by defending champions Toulon by a comprehensive 29-14 in France. Toulon simply had too much pace and power for the Irish club with Steffon Armitage showing just what England are missing with a man of the match display.

For Brian O’Driscoll it was the end of the road and won’t be tasting European glory in his final season while another legend Jonny Wilkinson keeps his hopes alive of finishing his career on a high despite leaving the field with an injury.