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Leinster smash Glasgow to secure Champions Cup quarter-final spot

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Paris (AFP)

Leinster crushed Glasgow 55-19 on Sunday to clinch a spot in the last eight of the Champions Cup while Toulon thrashed visiting Treviso 36-0 to go top of their pool.

Leinster scored eight tries as they blew away Glasgow, who top the Pro14 but have struggled in Europe's premier competition.

Leinster have won all five of their games in Pool 3, lead Exeter by nine points with a round to go and are assured of a home game in the quarterfinals.

On Saturday, Exeter gave themselves some hope by beating Montpellier, 41-10, at Sandy Park. The visitors cracked in the second half as Exeter scored five tries in 19 minutes.

In Pool 5, Toulon cantered to a home victory scoring five tries against Treviso, an Italian club who have now lost all five of their games. The bonus point lifted the three-time European champions above Scarlets at the top of the pool, but the group will be decided when Toulon visit Llanelli last week.

Scarlets gave a scintillating attacking display to win 35-17 at Bath on Friday.

On Saturday, Welsh international fly-half Dan Biggar kicked a last-minute penalty as Ospreys drew 15-15 with Saracens in Pool 2, setting-up a win-or-bust clash in Clermont next week for a quarter-final spot.

"Qualification is still in our control, we're not dependent on other results," said Ospreys coach Steve Tandy.

On a bad day for French clubs, Clermont's hopes of becoming the first team to guarantee a quarter-final spot stalled in a 34-21 loss at Northampton.

Ulster moved top of Pool 1 with an impressive 20-13 home victory over La Rochelle while, in Pool 3, Exeter crushed visiting Montpellier 41-10.

La Rochelle could have ensured a place in the last eight with a win but will enter the final round of games trailing Ulster, who leapfrogged them with the win, by a single point.

Harlequins downed Wasps 33-28 to ensure both English clubs were eliminated.

In the final round next weekend, Ulster travel to Wasps while La Rochelle host Harlequins.

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