Heineken Cup

It is a great weekend for rugby, with the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup being played. And also, of course, a fabulous come-from-behind win in Perth by the Hurricanes who scored two tries in the last 10 minutes to steal a win. Go ‘Canes!

Meanwhile, back in Europe, Cardiff and Toulouse staged a rematch of the first ever Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium. Toulose won that game, and went on to win the trophy two more times, but this year are the only French side left at the knock-out of the competition. The game was a tense affair, which Cardiff eventually won 9-6. Not the prettiest rugby in the world, despite the presence of the famed Toulouse back line. Credit then to Cardiff for keeping such dangerous players quiet.

Next up was an equally tense and somewhat more exciting clash between Leicester and Bath. The game was tied 15-15 going into the last 10 minutes, and both sides had opportunities to scores. As it turned out, a brilliant break by Leicester’s French replacement scum half, Julien Dupuy, finally separated the two sides and won the game for the Tigers. Leicester now play Cardiff in the semi-finals.

Tomorrow the Ospreys travel to defending champions, Munster, with Lee Byrne and Gavin Henson both unavailable through injury. In addition BOD* leads the Leinster war band to The Stoop to take on Harlequins. I shall watch both games, and in the latter hope to spot Will in the crowd. He has promised me photos.

* That’s Brian O’Driscoll, to the uninitiated.