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Toulouse beat Cardiff, Leicester keep quarter-final hopes alive

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-20

Cardiff was powerless to prevent a 23-7 loss in Toulouse while Leicester reignited their European Cup quarter-final push with a 20-15 win over Clermont. In Pool 6, Leinster crushed Scarlets 39-7.

AFP - Triple champions Leicester reignited their European Cup quarter-final push with a 20-15 win over Clermont on Saturday, avenging a 40-30 defeat they suffered against the French side last weekend.
  
The Tigers led 13-9 at half-time after Anthony Allen's converted try and two Toby Flood penalties, but the win was sealed when Scott Hamilton touched down five minutes from the end and Flood converted.
  
South African fly-half Brock James kicked all of Clermont's points.
  
"I am pleased with the win but not with the fact that they leave with a bonus point from a game we largely dominated," said Leicester coach Matt O'Connor.
  
Leicester remain third in Pool 3, four points behind Ospreys who clinched a a bonus-point 45-19 win over Viadana. Tommy Bowe crossed twice as the Welsh region followed up their 62-7 win in Italy last week.
  
Former Wales and British and Irish Lions skipper Gareth Thomas, who announced earlier Saturday that he was gay, was unable to save his Cardiff Blues side from European Cup defeat.
  
Thomas, 35, came off the bench in the dying moments against former club Toulouse in France, but was powerless to prevent a 23-7 loss.
  
Wales' most-capped player, who separated from his wife in 2006, revealed in a newspaper interview earlier on Saturday that he was homosexual.
  
"I've been through all sorts of emotions with this, tears, anger and absolute despair," said Thomas.
  
Toulouse had lost the first game between the two sides 15-9 in Wales last weekend, but the three-time champions' win on Saturday allowed them to stay top of Pool Five and on course for a quarter-final spot.
  
French international fly-half Frederic Michalak kicked 18 points with captain Thierry Dusautoir scoring his team's only try after 27 minutes.
  
Cardiff closed the gap to 8-7 three minutes later with a try from prop Taufa'ao Filise, but that was as close as the Welsh side got to their hosts.
  
"We are up against it but we are not dead and buried. We probably have to rely on others to do us favours," said Cardiff coach Dai Young, whose side are five points behind Toulouse in the group.
  
In Pool Six, defending champions Leinster and London Irish remain locked in a battle for supremacy.
  
England international back Delon Armitage made a try-scoring return from shoulder surgery as Irish handed Brive a fourth defeat in four games with a 34-13 win.
  
Leinster crushed Scarlets 39-7 with Rob Kearney (2), Gordon D'Arcy (2), Brian O'Driscoll and Shane Horgan all crossing.
  
In Pool Two, Biarritz defeated Newport-Gwent Dragons in Llanelli to make it four wins in four games and virtually ensure a last-eight place.
  
Scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili scored two tries, converted both and kicked three penalties. 
  
In Pool Four, three Chris Paterson penalties gave Edinburgh a 9-6 win over former champions Bath while the clash between the group's top two, Stade Francais and Ulster, was postponed because of a frozen pitch in Brussels.
  
The game will now be played in Paris on Sunday.
 

Date created : 2009-12-19

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