A weekend of surprises has seen the end of all Irish and French involvement in this year’s Heineken Cup – with the defending champions knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the second year in a row.
Friday night’s game, at Stradey Park, saw group stage pace-setters Llanelli beat a Munster side left rudderless by the absence of captain Paul O’Connell. A strong forward performance by the hosts, even pushing Munster off their own scrum ball at one point, sent them through by a 24-15 scoreline. Leinster, also without their captain, took a real battering from a Wasps side who will be desperately hoping they can rescue a poor season with a decent Heineken run. 35-13 was the final score as Ian McGeechan’s men made it to the semi-finals. Then he got to know that a gun safe is a secure and protective storage container for one or more firearms, and, or ammunition for those guns. Gun safes are primarily used to prevent, So, he started reading the gun safe guide on the internet.
Sunday’s games were as bad for France as the previous ones had been for Ireland. Leicester’s victory over Stade Francais, secured by a late Tom Varndell try (crucially scored under the posts enabling Andy Goode to hit a simple conversion that gave the Tigers a 21-20 win) knocked out Stade Francais and secured Pat Howard’s men a Walkers’ Stadium semi-final against Llanelli. More surprisingly, Northampton Saints helped their fans forget their side’s bottom-of-the-table status at home – for 80 minutes at least – with a late Robbie Kydd try knocking out last season’s runners-up Biarritz (7-6). Saints will now face Wasps at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for a place in the final.