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RugbyU: French heavyweights eye European Cup glory

French heavyweights Toulon and Clermont, neither yet guaranteed a place in the Top 14 play-offs, will meet Munster and Saracens in their bid for glory in the European Cup later this month. Defending champions Toulon, the side expensively assembled by president Mourad Boudjellal and coached by Bernard Laporte, demonstrated their raw power in what turned out to be a comfortable 29-14 quarter-final victory over three-time title-holders Leinster on Sunday.

RugbyU: French heavyweights eye European Cup glory

French heavyweights Toulon and Clermont, neither yet guaranteed a place in the Top 14 play-offs, will meet Munster and Saracens in their bid for glory in the European Cup later this month. Defending champions Toulon, the side expensively assembled by president Mourad Boudjellal and coached by Bernard Laporte, demonstrated their raw power in what turned out to be a comfortable 29-14 quarter-final victory over three-time title-holders Leinster on Sunday.

RugbyU: Toulon dismiss Leinster to set up Euro semi against Munster

Defending champions Toulon ran out comfortable 29-14 winners over three-time former champions Leinster on Sunday to set up a European Cup semi-final against Munster. In a scene set for a match-up between two of rugby union's greatest players in Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O'Driscoll, the English fly-half limped off injured before the half-hour and the Irish centre's attacking prowess was snuffled out by a ferocious Toulon midfield. Toulon will now face Munster, 47-23 quarter-final winners over Toulouse, at Marseille's Stade Velodrome on April 27.

RugbyU: Toulon dismiss Leinster to set up Euro semi against Munster

Defending champions Toulon ran out comfortable 29-14 winners over three-time former champions Leinster on Sunday to set up a European Cup semi-final against Munster. In a scene set for a match-up between two of rugby union's greatest players in Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O'Driscoll, the English fly-half limped off injured before the half-hour and the Irish centre's attacking prowess was snuffled out by a ferocious Toulon midfield.

RugbyU: Late tries seal Crusaders' victory

A couple of late tries clinched a 28-7 victory for Canterbury Crusaders over Golden Lions Saturday in a Super 15 match at Ellis Park. Veteran scrum-half Andy Ellis dived over on 73 minutes and replacement fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal converted to give the New Zealanders a 16-point advantage. And a superb grubber kick from All Blacks full-back Israel Dagg at the end set up centre Kieron Fonotia for a simple try and a deserved win by the seven-time champions.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Stormers 11 Waratahs 22

Result of a Super 15 match at Newlands stadium in Cape Town on Saturday: Western Stormers (RSA) 11 New South Wales Waratahs (AUS) 22 H-t: 8-10 Scorers Stormers - Try: Kobus van Wyk. Penalties: Peter Grant (2) Waratahs - Try: Nick Phipps. Conversion: Bernard Foley. Penalties: Foley (3), Kurtley Beale (2) Sin bin Waratahs: Phipps 80+2 Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Super 15 results - collated

Collated Super 15 southern hemisphere inter-provincial rugby union championship results Saturday: At Napier Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 25 Northern Bulls (RSA) 20 At Brisbane Queensland Reds (AUS) 29 Western Force (AUS) 32 At Bloemfontein Central Cheetahs (RSA) 43 Waikato Chiefs (NZL, holders) 43 At Johannesburg Golden Lions (RSA) 7 Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 28 At Cape Town Western Stormers (RSA) 11 New South Wales Waratahs (AUS) 22 Friday At Dunedin

RugbyU: Munster into semi-finals, Ulster in controversial loss

Munster outplayed four-time champions Toulouse to reach the European Cup semi-finals Saturday but Ulster slumped to a controversial defeat to Saracens after being reduced to 14 men inside four minutes. Munster, themselves former two-time title holders of the continent's elite club tournament in 2006 and 2008, routed Toulouse 47-23 and will be joined in the last four by Saracens who edged Ulster 17-15. Clermont clinched a nail-biting 22-16 win over Leicester for their 75th successive home victory.

RugbyU: French Top 14 table

French Top 14 standings after Saturday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Montpellier 23 13 1 9 575 463 12 66 Toulon 23 13 1 9 575 400 11 65 Clermont 23 13 1 9 605 445 11 65 Castres 23 12 2 9 521 427 10 62 Racing-Metro 23 13 2 8 390 391 4 60 Bordeaux 23 12 0 11 532 494 10 58 Toulouse 23 11 1 11 475 406 12 58 Stade Francais 23 13 1 9 458 432 4 58 Brive 23 10 2 11 432 424 11 55

RugbyU; Waratahs end long wait for Cape Town victory

New South Wales Waratahs ended an eight-year wait for success in Cape Town with a workmanlike 22-11 Super 15 victory over Western Stormers Saturday. Victory lifted the Australians to fourth place on 20 points, three behind the South African pacesetters Coastal Sharks. It also atoned for a poor performance at the start of their two-match tour in Durban last weekend whey they suffered a 22-point pasting from the Sharks. Waratahs once again lacked star full-back Israel Folau, who failed to make the expected recovery from a throat injury.
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