Sarries soar & Munster muzzle Leinster

Saracens are in the European Cup quarter-finals and Leinster are out despite winning at the weekend.

Leinster beat the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday but fellow Irish province Munster’s 29-6 win against a 14-man Racing Metro ended Leinster’s hopes of qualifying and was enough for an away play-off.

Saracens smashed Edinburgh 40-7 with South Africans Schalk Brits and Ernst Joubert among a rampant Saracens starting pack.

English giants Leicester edged French giants Toulouse 9-5 to secure a last eight place, but it was a match played in snow that would have down the visitors no favours.

Three French clubs, three English clubs and two Irish provinces complete the quarter-finals, which will take place in April after the Six Nations.

European Cup quarter-finals (hosts first)
Harlequins vs Munster
Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier
Toulon vs Leicester
Saracens vs Ulster

Final weekend’s results
Benetton Treviso 17 Ospreys 14
Leicester Tigers 9 Toulouse 5
Munster 29 Racing Metro 6
Saracens 40 Edinburgh 7
Cardiff Blues 26 Sale Sharks 14
Castres 8 Ulster 9
Exeter Chiefs 20 Leinster 29
Glasgow 27 Northampton Saints 20
Montpellier 23 Toulon 3
Scarlets 0 Clermont Auvergne 29