Toulon see off Leinster

  • Last Updated: April 6 2014, 19:12 BST

A review of the weekend's action in the Heineken Cup as Toulon beat Leinster on Sunday.

Toulon celebrate Drew Mitchell's try
Toulon celebrate Drew Mitchell's try

Defending Heineken Cup champions Toulon knocked out three-time winners Leinster after a 29-14 in France to set up a semi-final clash with Munster.

Xavier Chiocci and Drew Mitchell scored second-half tries while Matt Giteau kicked 10 points to steer the holders through as 29-14 victors.

Jonny Wilkinson also kicked two penalties before he was forced off during the first half through injury.

Delon Armitage kicked a penalty while brother Steffon was named man of the match following a dynamic display.

Jordi Murphy grabbed a late try for Leinster but that was too late to rescue the visitors in what was to be Brian O'Driscoll's final appearance in the Heineken Cup.

Munster won the battle of the Heineken Cup heavyweights as they floored four-time champions Toulouse at a raucous Thomond Park.

Simon Zebo and Paul O'Connell crossed in the closing minutes to wrap up a runaway six-try victory as the Irish province advanced to their 11th semi-final in 15 years.

The French giants were swept away by the relentless red tide early on, Keith Earls' fifth-minute try helping Munster establish a 13-3 advantage.

There were only four points between the sides at the break after the wind-backed Luke McAlister kicked two more penalties.

But CJ Stander, who stepped in for injured captain Peter O'Mahony, produced a dominant man-of-the-match display to power Munster through a sticky patch.

Although second-half tries from Hosea Gear and Joe Tekori reduced the arrears to 27-16, Rob Penney's men made certain of their progress as Zebo and O'Connell followed Dave Kilcoyne and Stander over the try-line.

Leicester were knocked out despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-final clash against Clermont-Auvergne, the French side prevailing 22-16.

Tigers trailed 16-0 after 35 minutes at Stade Marcel-Michelin where Clermont were unbeaten in their previous 74 games in all competitions.

But Jordan Crane's try and the boot of Owen Williams saw former Heineken Cup winners come agonisingly close to ending the longest unbeaten home record in Europe.

However, Richard Cockerill's side fell just short in the end, after storming back to 19-16 down, as Thomas Waldrom's untimely yellow card midway through the second period proved costly.

Saracens booked their second straight semi-final but were made to battle tooth and nail by a 14-man Ulster in an astonishing clash which hung in the balance right to the end at the newly constructed Ravenhill.

The hosts were forced to play most of the game without Jared Payne, who was controversially sent off early in the first half after a shuddering tangle with Alex Goode which forced the Saracens full-back off the field.

Despite being down a man, Ulster refused to buckle and led 9-5 at the end of the first half but, after the home side lost key players Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar to injury, Sarries eventually got in front and held firm despite Ulster's storming finish which saw them narrow the visitors' lead to two points at 15-17.

Tries in either half from Chris Ashton, along with one from second row Mouritz Botha, proved enough for Mark McCall's men with all of Ulster's points coming from the boots of Pienaar and Paddy Jackson.


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