Leinster may host Munster in Heineken Cup semi-finals

Provinces draw Toulon and Toulouse in quarter-finals, Ulster will also have home advantage in last four if they beat Saracens

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan celebrates after victory after Edinburgh in Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan celebrates after victory after Edinburgh in Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Leinster will host Munster in the Heineken Cup semi-final if both sides come through tough quarter-finals in early April, when they will face champions Toulon and Toulouse, respectively.

Rob Penney’s Munster side secured home advantage for their last-eight match, with a bonus-point win over Edinburgh this afternoon and, after Clermont coasted past Racing Metro, four-time champions Toulouse were confirmed as their opponents.

Until Clermont ran in two second-half tries, it had looked like Leinster and Munster would meet a round earlier, but the result in France confirmed an away tie in Toulon for Matt O’Connor’s side.

Ulster, who had known since Saturday night that they would be up against Saracens in the last eight, will host either Clermont or Leicester in the last four if they can beat the English side at Ravenhill.

Heineken Cup quarter-finals

Ulster v Saracens

Clermont v Leicester

Toulon v Leinster

Munster v Toulouse

Ties to take place on the weekend of April 4th-6th

Heineken Cup semi-finals

Ulster / Saracens V Clermont / Leicester

Toulon / Leinster V Munster / Toulouse

Ties to take place on the weekend of April 25th-27th

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