Toulouse power into play-offs

The French giants took a step closer to their fourth European title with a 19-13 win over Sale on Sunday.

Toulouse, who have former Springboks Shaun Sowerby and Daan Human on their books, are one of four French sides who’ve made it through to the final eight. They’ll play Stade Francais in a quarterfinal in early April.

Jean de Villiers’ Munster earned the No 1 ranking and will face Northampton in their playoff, while Jacques Cronje and Eduard Coetzee (who scored a try in the 41-20 win over Glasgow) will fancy their chances when Biarritz line up Ospreys. The Welsh club will be without Ricky Januarie in this fixture as he’s due to return to Cape Town in preparation for the Super 14.

Leinster snatched a draw against London Irish on Saturday thanks to a Jonny Sexton drop-goal, a game where CJ van der Linde wasn’t at his best. The Bok prop will get a chance to prove his worth when he goes up against Clermont in the final playoff.

EUROPEAN CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Munster (1) v Northampton Saints (8)
Biarritz Olympique (2) v Ospreys (7)
Toulouse (3) v Stade Fran├žais (6)
Leinster (4) v Clermont Auvergne (5)