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Leicester Defeats Toulouse to Reach Heineken Cup Quarterfinals

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Leicester beat Toulouse 9-5 to win Pool 2 and reach the knockout phase of European rugby’s Heineken Cup after today’s final round of group games.

Toby Flood got all the home team’s points with three penalties on a snow-swept surface. Yoann Huget scored a try for four-time champion Toulouse, which is now out of this year’s competition. Flood was sin-binned late in the game but his team held on to win.

Also today, Saracens confirmed its top spot in Pool 1 with a 40-7 win over Edinburgh, and second-placed Munster beat Racing Metro 29-6. Munster’s win meant Leinster, tournament winner the past two years, failed to progress to the quarterfinals as it didn’t secure one of the two spots for best runners-up in the groups.

Leicester, Saracens, Harlequins, Ulster, Clermont Auvergne and Toulon advance as group winners, while Munster and Montpellier went through as the best second-placed teams.

Also this weekend, there were wins for Harlequins, Connacht, Ulster, Glasgow, Leinster, Clermont-Auvergne, Cardiff, Montpellier and Treviso.

     Quarterfinal matches:
     Harlequins vs Munster
     Clermont Auvergne v Montpellier,
     Toulon v Leicester
     Saracens vs Ulster

(Matches to be played April 5-7)

     Semifinals:
     Saracens or Ulster vs Toulon or Leicester 
     Clermont Auvergne or Montpellier vs Harlequins or Munster

(Matches to be played April 26-28.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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