Heineken Cup – Scarlets & Cardiff thrill as Saracens fall short & Ulster march on

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Once again Heineken Cup week has produced some thrilling performances and some extraordinary results.

Surely the most thrilling clash of both performance and results was The Scarlets 26 all draw with Racing Metro.

The Scarlets were largely written off in this pool before it started but this draw and a victory against Harlequins last week has seen their youthful side become one of the most talked about in the competition, Warren Gatland will be particularly pleased given that half of his backline looks likely to come from the region.

Saracens v Toulouse at Wembley on Friday gave us some classic Heineken Cup tension, much like the recent St Joseph’s Festival school tournament, Owen Farrell was unfortunate to miss a late drop goal chance for victory but such is the occasional price that you pay for being the brave man to step up in such situations.

If a shock was what you were after then a trip to Cardiff would have done it, few would have bet anything on the Blues beating Toulon but that it what they did, by nineteen points to fifteen. Who knows what was said at half time against Exeter last week but it has done the trick, ever since then the Blues have been brilliant.

In the same group Glasgow followed the Cardiff trend of a dismal opening half of the competition followed by three excellent ones. They beat Exeter 20-16, leaving this group looking like one to keep a real eye on – it already has the feel of a final day rollercoaster group.

Ulster’s 25-8 away victory at Montpellier was possibly the performance of the round though, winning in France against any side is tough but against this up and coming Montpellier team it is a great achievement and to do so with such aplomb was fantastic. If Paddy Jackson keeps playing this well then Jonny Sexton might find his return to Ireland for the Autumn Internationals to be just a little more uncomfortable than he might have thought.

Finally to Clermont, they were brilliant for about half an hour against Harlequins before a combination of Harlequins determination and possibly their own overconfidence rather drew things to a halt, they still won 23-16 but given their start it should have been altogether more convincing.

There is a sense in the opening two rounds that Clermont are possibly not as ruthlessly efficient as last year, they are producing brilliance at times but it seems a touch inconsistent. Given their recent history though it would be unwise to suggest that this is not something that they will rectify in the coming weeks.

Heineken Cup Round Two Results:

Friday

Saracens 16-17 Toulouse (Pool 3)

Leicester 34-3 Treviso (Pool 5)

Saturday

Leinster 19-7 Castres (Pool 1)

Cardiff 19-15 Toulon (Pool 2)

Zebre 6-33 Conancht (Pool 3)

Scarlets 26-26 Racing Metro (Pool 4)

Montpellier 8-25 Ulster (Pool 5)

Munster 26-10 Gloucester (Pool 6)

Sunday

Northampton 27-16 Ospreys (Pool 1)

Glasgow 20-16 Exeter (Pool 2)

Clermont Auvergne 23-16 Harlequins (Pool 4)

Perpignan 31-14 Edinburgh (Pool 6)

Heineken Cup Tables:

Heineken Cup 2013 Pool One

Team

P

W

D

L

BP

Points

Leinster

2

2

0

0

0

8

Northampton

2

1

0

1

1

5

Castres

2

1

0

1

0

4

Ospreys

2

0

0

2

0

0

Heineken Cup 2013 Pool Two

Team

P

W

D

L

BP

Points

Exeter

2

1

0

1

2

6

Toulon

2

1

0

1

2

6

Glasgow

2

1

0

1

1

5

Cardiff

2

1

0

1

1

5

Heineken Cup 2013 Pool Three

Team

P

W

D

L

BP

Points

Toulouse

2

2

0

0

1

9

Connacht

2

1

0

1

1

5

Saracens

2

1

0

1

1

5

Zebre

2

0

0

2

0

0

Heineken Cup 2013 Pool Four

Team

P

W

D

L

BP

Points

Scarlets

2

1

1

0

0

6

Racing Metro

2

1

1

0

0

6

Clermont Auvergne

2

1

0

1

1

5

Harlequins

2

0

0

2

2

2

Heineken Cup 2013 Pool Five

Team

P

W

D

L

BP

Points

Ulster

2

2

0

0

0

8

Leicester

2

1

0

1

2

6

Montpellier

2

1

0

1

0

4

Treviso

2

0

0

2

0

0

Heineken Cup 2013 Pool Six

Team

P

W

D

L

BP

Points

Perpignan

2

1

0

1

2

6

Munster

2

1

0

1

1

5

Edinburgh

2

1

0

1

0

4

Gloucester

2

1

0

1

0

4

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