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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Pool 2

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# Champions Cup
Munster bumped and bruised, but battle-hardened for English tests
The medical team will have a full workload in UL today as Munster take aim at Gloucester.
# Champions Cup
Two Castres players face disciplinary hearings after Sunday's win over Munster
Rory Kockott and Marc-Antoine Rallier have both been cited.
# the hard way
'We had a chance to really grab it by the neck, we weren't good enough to do it'
Missed opportunities in Castres mean Munster have ‘made it difficult for themselves,’ but they still lead the way in pool 2.
# Champions Cup
'We stayed within the values of rugby': Van Graan irked by missed chances and calls in Castres
The South African saw his side create enough opportunities to win in the south of France, but they were unable to force their way into a second half lead.
# Wide of the Mark
Munster left to rue missed chances as Castres shade feisty affair
The southern province still lead their pool, but could have placed a foot in the quarters tonight.
# Injury Update
Thigh injury to keep Chris Farrell out of Munster's trip to Castres
Joey Carbery could yet shake off his hamstring complaint for the return trip to France.
# Pool 2
Nothing to celebrate but the win as Munster look forward to the Castres cauldron
The French champions did their damnedest to kill the game and left Munster to sort out the mess.
# adaptable
'Our squad depth got tested today': Munster adapt after injury withdrawals
Joey Carbery and Chris Farrell were due to start, but hamstring and thigh issues took them out of contention against Castres.
Influential Murray ensures Munster adapt to beat destructive Castres
Tries from Rory Scannell, CJ Stander and JJ Hanrahan helped Munster ride out enforced changes and re-take top spot in their pool.
# aller-retour
Munster braced for Castres clash and wary of 'fool's gold'
Van Graan is cautious, but his team look in rude health with Carbery, Murray and the frightening prospect of Chris Farrell promising to improve.
# Pool 2
Carbery and Stander back as fully-loaded Munster welcome Castres
Johann van Graan is very close to having his first-choice XV for the back-to-back meetings with the French champions.
# back-to-back
'We’ve a bit of a relationship with them': O'Mahony prepared to tough it out against familiar foe Castres
Munster’s long love affair with Europe has pitted tham against Castres more than any other side.
# dis-cip-linary
Cipriani hit with three-week ban after Thomond Park red
The Gloucester star had a six-week sanction halved owing to his previously clear rap-sheet.
# Job Done
Late slump and injuries a concern as Munster march ahead in pool race
There was a lot to like about the stars Munster had on show and the pool standings are in great shape given the stars they have done without.
# Crime and Punishment
'Do we constantly want to see 14 play 15?': Ackermann fumes at Cipriani red card
‘If you hit your car it’s an accident. Get on a plane, maybe it’s going to fall,’ argued Ackermann as he called on officials to judge intent behind tackles.
# unlucky 7
Triple injury blow tempers Munster celebrations
Tommy O’Donnell suffered a suspected broken leg while Rhys Marshall and Dan Goggin also took serious knocks.
# Gamechanger
Carbery shines as Munster cruise to bonus point after Cipriani red card
Mike Haley, Rhys Marshall, Sam Arnold and Andrew Conway also crossed for Munster tries in a comfortable win over Gloucester.
# slam dunc
Red letter day for Munster heroes expected and unexpected
From chasing to counter-rucking, Munster’s scrum-half proved doubters wrong in Devon.
# futureproof
Carbery shows class throughout ferocious battle
The out-half had a sinking feeling when he his wind-assisted clearance kick invited pressure. But he will be stronger for the experience in Sandy Park.
# forces of nature
Pool in Munster's capable hands after 'immense' effort in Exeter
‘Not a lot of people gave us any chance,’ noted a proud Johann van Graan post-match.
# rearranged
Saracens-Clermont Champions Cup match to go ahead today
Parts of Britain have been hit by heavy snow and high winds, with flights, train and road travel all severely disrupted.
# route 66
Connacht philosophy on full display as they carve up Zebre for 10-try win
Despite some early frustration, Pat Lam’s side secured a bonus point inside 27 minutes.
# Error Strewn
Lam's Connacht left empty handed in frustrating defeat to Wasps
Pat Lam’s men were dire at the lineout and missed crucial chances from the tee.
# breathing space
Muldoon hopeful that 'maturing' Connacht squad can start winning with a bit to spare
The Westerners don’t need any further warning about how dangerous Zebre can be on home turf.
# resourceful
'We find the problem, sort it out and fix it': Calm, clear messages the key for Connacht
It would have been easy for Connacht to accept that they were overpowered by a richer, more decorated club. Yet they refused.
# Reaction
That tremendous try and more talking points as Connacht topple Toulouse
It was an epic night out west.
# jouer
Feel Toulouse tremble! Connacht show every drop of their class in famous win
Connacht were by some distance the most skillful side on show in Galway tonight.
# Pool 2
Biggar goes from ridiculous to sublime as Ospreys open European campaign with a win
Gareth Steenson’s goal-kicking kept the Chiefs in the contest for 70 minutes before his pass was intercepted for a try.
# leinstertainment
Leinster turn on the style with seven-try show as Castres collapse
Matt O’Connor’s side attacked with real intent from the start at the RDS.
# 10-try thriller
Wasps sting Castres for 7 tries as they pull within a point of Leinster in Pool 2
The Coventry-bound club had the bonus point wrapped up after 40 minutes.
Leinster v Harlequins, Champions Cup
It was do-or-die in the second of Leinster’s back-to-back clashes with Quins and we were with you through every gruelling minute.
# dream duo
Five changes as Leinster partner Fitzgerald and Madigan in midfield
Isaac Boss, Zane Kirchner, Dominic Ryan and Kane Douglas all come into the starting team.
# Champions Cup
'You don't feel tired when you're hurting': Ruddock ready to raise game for Leinster
The blindside says Leinster just want to right the wrongs of last weekend.
# European loss
Madigan's flawless kicking fails to prevent Leinster defeat to 'Quins
Matt O’Connor’s men were outscored two tries to none at the Twickenham Stoop.
Harlequins v Leinster, Champions Cup
We went minute-by-minute as the teams tied for top spot in Pool 2 went head to head.
# Pool 2
'Quins keep the heat on Leinster with win over Wasps
Conor O’Shea’s pack forced their way to a crucial penalty try to earn all four points.
# Pool 2
Toulon turn on the power to overcome Exeter challenge
Bernard Laporte’s men earned a bonus-point win thanks to a flurry of excellence in the second half.
# watch the hands
VIDEO: Was this a forward pass to set up a Toulon try?
Exeter probably won’t be happy with this effort being allowed after Matt Giteau teed up David Smith.
# Irish Abroad
Wexford's Robin Copeland man of the match for Cardiff against Toulon
The Blues shocked Toulon in Pool 2 of the Heineken Cup as their Irish No. 8 led the charge.
# Round-Up
Heineken Cup: Good news for Irish sides as Ospreys hold Tigers
Former Leinster back dived over in the corner for Leicester but the Welsh side struck back.