Heineken Cup Review: Champions’ Exit Opens Door For New Heroes

by Paul Cook - Reigning champions Leinster have been knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite recording a bonus point win on a weather affected last weekend of the group stages. With arctic conditions hitting most of the UK & Ireland and a blanket of snow covering many pitches, the remaining four Quarter-Finals spots were decided by a series of ‘knock-out’ style tussles. In the end it was Saracens, Munster, Leicester, and Montpellier who came through to join the already qualified Harlequins, Clermont Auvergne, Toulon and Ulster, leaving five teams in the final eight that have never contested a Heineken Cup Final, let alone lifted the trophy. Leinster did all they could possibly do to help their cause on Saturday, a four try blitz earning maximum points at Exeter Chiefs in Pool 5 with the talismanic Brian O’Driscoll crossing
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