Heineken Cup Rugby :Leinster, Munster, Connacht & Ulster all win

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Updated: October 20, 2013

It was a first for Irish Rugby as all four Irish Provinces won in the Heineken Cup on the same day. Leinster, Munster, Connacht & Ulster were all victorious.

Ulster produced the best display with a  priceless away win over Montpellier, a Try from Andrew Trimble in the first half and five penalties in the second half from Ruan Pienaar set up the 25-8 victory.

Montpellier: A Flock, T Nagusa, A Tuitavake, W Oliver, Y Audrin, F Trinh-Duc, J Pelissie, Y Watremez, M Ivaldi, M Butos, J Hamilton, T Privat, F Ouedraogo (capt), M Gorgodze, K Galletier.

Replacements: B Sicard for Floch 34, T Combezou for Olivier 23, B Paillaugue for Pelissie 64, M Nariashvili for Watremez 46, F Quercy for Ivaldi 62, N Mas for Bustos (67), R Tchale-Watchou for Privat 46, T Bianchin for Gorgodze 62

Ulster: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, T Bowe, P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson.

Replacements: M Allen for Trimble 74, S Olding for L Marshall 50, Herring for Best 74, Black for Court 70, P Marshall for Pienaar 74, J Afoa for Fitzpatrick 48, L Stevenson for Muller 75, R Henderson for Diack 53

Three-time Heineken Cup winners Leinster took an hour to impose themselves before finally seeing off French champions Castres in Pool One.

Three Jimmy Gopperth penalties gave the hosts a 9-0 lead but the visitors hit back through Rory Kockott’s converted try to only trail 9-7 at half-time.

Castres had two men sin-binned and Leinster scored via Jack McGrath’s try and a Gopperth conversion and penalty to seal a 19-7 home win.

Leinster: R Kearney; McFadden, Macken, D’Arcy, D Kearney; Gopperth, Boss; Healy, S Cronin, Moore, Toner, McCarthy, K McLaughlin, O’Brien, J Heaslip.

Replacements: Fitzgerald for Macken (52), Madigan for D’Arcy (69), Reddan for Boss (47), J. McGrath for Healy (54), Dundon for S. Cronin (74), Bent for Moore (63), Roux for McCarthy (54), Ruddock for K McLaughlin (69).

Castres: Dulin; Martial, Cabannes, Lamerat, Evans; Tales, Kockott; Lazar, Mach, Peikrishvili, Gray, Capo Ortega, Bornman, Wannenburg, Classen.

Replacements: Palis for Evans (28), Tomas for Kockott (54), Taumoepeau for Lazar (28), Samson for Mach (47), Wihongi for Peikrishvili (45), Rallier for Capo Ortega (47).

Dan Parks kicked a stunning 23 points as a superb defensive display helped clinical Connacht earn a crucial Heineken Cup win over Zebre in Parma.

Zebre had 60% of the first-half possession and threatened the Connacht line on several occasions but found themselves 19-3 down at the break.

Parks kicked 14 first-half points with George Naoupu notching a try.

Veteran Parks added three second-half penalties before Mata Fifita’s late try as Connacht repelled more pressure to win 33-6.

Zebre: Ruggero Trevisan, Dion Berryman, Tommaso Iannone, Gonzalo Garcia, David Odiete, Luciano Orquera, Brendon Leonard, Matias Aguero, Tommaso D’Apice, Dario Chistolini, Mike Van Vuren, Marco Bortolami (capt), Mauro Bergamasco, Dries van Schalkwyk, Samu Vunisa,

Replacements: Alberto Chillon for Trevisan 70, Kameli Ratuvou for Garcia 58, Leonardo Sarto for Odiete 41, Andrea De Marchi for Aguero 61, Davide Giazzon for T D’Apice 51, Luciano Leibson for Chistolini 60, Emiliano Caffini for Bortolami 67, Filippo Cristiano for Bergamasco 73

Connacht: James So’oialo, Danie Poolman, Robbie Henshaw, Craig Ronaldson, Matt Healy, Dan Parks, Kieran Marmion, Brett Wilkinson, Sean Henry, Rodney Ah You, Michael Swift (capt), Craig Clarke, Andrew Browne, Jake Heenan, George Naoupu.

Replacements: Gavin Duffy for So’oialo 42, Mata Fifita for Henshaw 65, Paul O’Donohoe for Marmion 70, JP Cooney for Wilkinson 66, Jason Harris-Wright for Henry 44, Ronan Loughney for Ah You 45, Ally Muldowney for Swift 54, Dave McSharry for Heenan 65

Gloucester put up a brave fight for an hour before two-time champions Munster finally pulled clear in the Heineken Cup Pool Six encounter at Thomond Park.

Three Ian Keatley penalties put Munster ahead but Gloucester cut the gap via Charlie Sharples’ converted try.

Munster stretched away again through Damien Varley’s converted try, but a Jonny Bentley penalty kept Gloucester in touch at the break.

Keatley added a fourth penalty before Johne Murphy’s late try for the hosts sealed the 26-10 victory.

Munster: Jones; Earls, Laulala, Downey, J Murphy; Keatley, Murray; Kilcoyne, Varley, Botha, D O’Callaghan, O’Connell, D Ryan, Ronan, P O’Mahony, Hurley.

Replacements: Hurley for Jones (57), Coughlan for Kilcoyne (66), Sherry for Varley (72), Archer for Botha (74), Cronin for D O’Callaghan (66), Stander for D Ryan (69), Hanrahan for Hurley (66).

Not Used: Sheridan.

Gloucester: M Thomas; Sharples, Tindall, Mills, May; Bentley, Robson; Murphy, Dawidiuk, Harden, Lokotui, James, Cox, Qera, B Morgan.

Replacements: Cook for M Thomas (6), Burns for Bentley (48), Knoyle for Robson (66), Y. Thomas for Murphy (75), Hudson for Lokotui (48), Evans for Cox (41).

Heineken Cup – Pool 1

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Leinster 2 2 0 0 38 16 0 8
2 Castres 2 1 0 1 26 32 0 4
3 Northampton 1 0 0 1 13 19 1 1
4 Ospreys 1 0 0 1 9 19 0 0

Heineken Cup – Pool 2

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Toulon 2 1 0 1 66 47 2 6
2 Exeter 1 1 0 0 44 29 1 5
3 Cardiff Blues 2 1 0 1 48 59 1 5
4 Glasgow 1 0 0 1 28 51 1 1

Heineken Cup – Pool 3

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Toulouse 2 2 0 0 55 21 1 9
2 Connacht 2 1 0 1 50 29 1 5
3 Saracens 2 1 0 1 39 34 1 5
4 Zebre 2 0 0 2 11 71 0 0

Heineken Cup – Pool 4

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Scarlets 2 1 1 0 59 52 0 6
2 Racing Metro 92 2 1 1 0 39 35 0 6
3 Harlequins 1 0 0 1 26 33 1 1
4 Clermont Auvergne 1 0 0 1 9 13 1 1

Heineken Cup – Pool 5

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Ulster 2 2 0 0 47 24 0 8
2 Leicester 2 1 0 1 50 25 2 6
3 Montpellier 2 1 0 1 35 35 0 4
4 Treviso 2 0 0 2 13 61 0 0

Heineken Cup – Pool 6

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Munster 2 1 0 1 49 39 1 5
2 Gloucester 2 1 0 1 37 48 0 4
3 Edinburgh 1 1 0 0 29 23 0 4
4 Perpignan 1 0 0 1 22 27 1 1
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