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Munster & Leinster could meet in semi-finals, while Ulster face Saracens

Updated: Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 23:20 | Comments

Munster and Leinster could meet in this year's semi-finals
Munster and Leinster could meet in this year's semi-finals

Munster and Ulster have secured home ties in the quarter-final of this year’s Heineken Cup, while Leinster must travel to face holders Toulon in their last-eight clash.

Rob Penney’s Munster side secured a bonus-point victory over Edinburgh to ensure that they would play Toulouse at Thomond Park, while Ulster have been rewarded for their 100 per cent record in their group with a home tie with Saracens at Ravenhill.

Leinster travel to the south of France knowing that a victory over Toulon would secure them home country advantage in the semi-finals.

However, that last-four clash could be against Munster should Penney’s side beat Toulouse.

Victory for Ulster against Saracens would result in another home country semi-final against the winners of Clermont Auvergne and Leicester

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor said: "I've said it many times before, there are no easy games in the Heineken Cup and a trip to Toulon is further proof of that.

"They have a fantastic squad of players and their form in the Heineken has been excellent with only one loss in a group containing Cardiff, Exeter and Glasgow meaning they have earned their home quarter final.

"I know from the mentality of my players that they want to be tested against the best and ultimately if we are to progress in this competition then we have to play and beat the best and I am confident that we have the capabilities to do that.

"Look of course the draw will get fans and media talking but we can't control that.

"All that we can control is our own performance away to Toulon. If we get over that considerable hurdle we will have plenty of time to talk about a potential semi-final then and I am sure Rob Penney will say the same!”

Heineken Cup

Quarter-finals (4/5/6 April)
Ulster v Saracens
Clermont v Leicester
Toulon v Leinster
Munster v Toulouse.

Semi-finals (25/26/27 April)
Ulster or Saracens v Clermont or Leicester
Toulon or Leinster v Munster or Toulouse.

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