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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# pool 5

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# pool 5
Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims
‘Instead of captialising on the half-time lead, we give an interception and given them a reason to believe.’
# RISE UP
'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character'
Andy Friend’s Connacht will have a ‘red-hot crack’ at Toulouse after beating Montpellier.
# Dogged
Friend's Connacht overcome injury crisis to notch impressive win over Montpellier
Conor Fitzgerald’s penalty edged the western province to their impressive victory.
# french visitors
Injury-depleted Connacht out for stirring win on return to Champions Cup
Andy Friend’s men welcome Top 14 outfit Montpellier to Galway this afternoon.
# Team news
Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier
Head coach Andy Friend is, however, missing several important players due to injury.
Ulster must step up European effort with dynamic Clermont in Belfast
Les Kiss’ men have reasons to be optimistic but Clermont have named a strong XV.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Bath, Champions Cup
We went minute-by-minute from the RDS as Leinster’s baby Blues took on one of the Premiership’s richest clubs.
# ford fiesta
George Ford was ice cold under pressure, nailing this game-winning touchline conversion
Mike Ford’s 22-year-old son ensured his club maintain their 100% record ahead of the return fixture next weekend.
AS IT HAPPENED
Toulon v Leinster, Champions Cup
We went minute-by-minute as two three-time champs went head-to-head in the south of France.
# Beaten
Leinster in dire European trouble as Ford's penalty fires Bath to victory
The Irish province have two defeats in two games in the Champions Cup.
# Fixture congestion
Bath chairman claims postponed Champions Cup clash with Toulon 'can't happen'
“There are simply no free weekends available between now and the end of the season.”
# pool 5
Ospreys swoop late to snatch draw against Racing Metro
ROG will be fuming.
# Contenders
Former giants Toulouse start with a win as Ospreys' strong form continues
Elsewhere, the Ospreys won their seventh consecutive match after running five tries past Treviso.
# J10
Sexton's Racing Métro make winning start against disappointed Saints
The English side were denied a losing bonus point in the final minute of play.
# Preview
Ulster aiming to take the next Heineken Cup step against Tigers
Mark Anscombe’s men can ensure a clean sweep of Pool 5 by beating Leicester at Welford Road today.
# 3kb
Leicester v Ulster: 3 key battles to decide who earns a home quarter-final
Ulster will have to come out on top of these match-ups to maintain their status as top seeds.
# suftum
Wilson keen to crack Welford Road and bring knock-out game to Ravenhill
The ex-Northampton man has endured plenty of hurt in Leicester and hopes to buck the trend this Saturday.
# Job Done
Anscombe: Talk of bonus point failed to show 'respect' for Montpellier
The Ulster head coach was happy to come away with four points from the Pool 5 clash at Ravenhill.
AS IT HAPPENED
Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Cup
Rob Penney’s side were in Kingsholm with the aim of taking another step towards the quarter-finals.
# tip of the cap
Ulster's Trimble 'proud' to set impressive Heineken Cup record
The Ireland international wing became his province’s most capped player in the European competition last night.
AS IT HAPPENED
Ulster v Montpellier, Heineken Cup
We went minute-by-minute from Ravenhill as Ulster aimed to turn the screw in Pool 5.
# pool 5
Record breaker Trimble just going out to enjoy the ride at Ravenhill
The winger is hoping for a repeat of the relaxed, confident performance he put in against Munster.
# Preview
Cavalry arrives as Ulster eye up two big steps to quarter-final
Montpellier, on the other hand, have made 13 changes for tonight’s visit to Ravenhill.
# 3kb
Three key battles for Ulster to win against Montpellier
Mark Ansombe’s men face the Top 14 club’s second-string, but there are some dangerous players to watch.
# pool 5
Marshall eager to ‘get in the face’ of misfiring Montpellier
The Ulster centre isn’t sure what the French side will throw at him tomorrow night, but he’s happy to play off the cuff.
# Reds
Ulster take heed of Manchester United’s cautionary cup tale
Few know what Montpellier will bring to Ravenhill on Friday, but Mark Anscombe has his side focused on their own game.
# suftum
‘Pressure now on Leicester’ as Ulster hit every mark
Director of rugby David Humphreys credited his side’s defence after limiting Treviso to one penalty over two games.
# Match Report
Ulster wade through the fog to a bonus point in Treviso
Jared Payne claimed a vital, late, fourth try for the northern province.
# Reaction
Ulster too good to get carried away after one-sided try-fest
Ulster got the job done and then some against Treviso.
# Match Report
Seventh heaven as Ulster whitewash terrible Treviso
Mark Anscombe’s side ran in seven tries on their way to a 48 – 0 victory.
# Details
'We can always learn, no matter what we do'
Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe sits down with TheScore.ie ahead of Ulster’s Heineken Cup clash with Treviso.
# Away Win
Ulster earn important win away to Montpellier
Mark Anscombe’s men gave a tactical master class to beat Montpellier in Pool 5 of the Heineken Cup.
# head-to-heads
3 of the key battles for Ulster as they visit Montpellier
Experience against energy at scrum-half, power against aggression at openside and two powerhouses out wide.
# suftum
‘For the boys aspiring to be internationals, this is their chance’ — Rory Best
The Ulster hooker has helped his side through tough tasks in recent weeks. Next stop, Montpellier.
# pool 5
Scout's report: Leicester looking limber before visit to Ulster
Richard Cockerill’s side are missing a couple of key men but still pose a big challenge to Ulster.
# HCup
'We're disappointed that we didn't get another 1 or 2 tries' - Isaac Boss
The Leinster scrum-half declared that his team are ready for a way against the Chiefs in Exeter.
# pool 5
Reaction: Leinster looking for a 'miracle' after Clermont show class
Leinster coach Joe Schmidt had little complaint as his side were ‘out-muscled’ at the Aviva Stadium.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Clermont Auvergne, Heineken Cup
It was win or bust for the reigning champions and we were in the Aviva Stadium to watch every big hit.
# poke the bear
Ross: Leinster re-emerging from ‘dark place’ for second swing at Clermont
If Leinster lose they’re out. That’s how the prop is approaching this painful week.
# pool 5
Heineken Cup: O'Malley, Kearney back in the mix for 'must-win' Clermont clash
Leinster’s backline problems are easing slightly, but defeat on Saturday could end their defence of the European crown.