As it happened: Heineken Cup Saturday

Updated: Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 21:09

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Relive Connacht's defeat to Harlequins, and Leinster's victory over Scarlets, plus score updates from the day's other matches.

By Tadhg Peavoy
Email: sportonline@rte.ie
Twitter: @TPeavoy

Results and fixtures:

FT: Harlequins 47-8 Connacht
FT: Toulon 45-25 Cardiff Blues
FT: Zebre 6-32 Biarritz
FT: Racing Metro 28-37 Saracens
FT: Leinster 33-14 Scarlets, 18:00
FT Clermont Auvergne 46-3 Exeter Chiefs

20:01

That win qualifies Clermont for the quarter-finals, with Leinster needing a bonus-point win away to Exeter next week to have any chance of making the last eight as one of the two best losers. Big darts.

Join us for Edinburgh v Munster at 12:45 tomorrow. See y'after.

19:59

FULL-TIME: Leinster 33-14 Scarlets. Clermont Auvergne 46-3 Exeter.

19:57

That's the last score in Dublin 4. Five-try Leinster get their bonus-point win.

Over in France, Clermont have scored a sixth try through Nalaga. Parra converted again to finish off that tie. Final score Clermont 46-3 Exeter.

19:50

80 mins TRY & CONVERION - LEINSTER - MADIGAN

Leinster win their own scrum and feed to Madigan. He breaks the Scarlets defence and sprints over for try number five. He drop goals the conversion.

Leinster 33-14 Scarlets

19:49

79 mins: The entire Irish nation breathes a sigh of relief as Brian O'Driscoll gingerly gets back to his feet after receiving attention to his right ankle.

19:48

78 mins: 18 phases from Leinster as they bear down on the Scarlets tryline. But the ball fires out of the ruck onto the Scarlets side - hands in the ruck is called and Leinster get the penalty.

19:46

76 mins: Dundon makes some extra yards as Leinster edge into Scarlets' 22. Twelve phases from Leinster. Heaslip carries with power and Dundon follows suit. Van der Merwe his next to have a go.

19:45

75 mins: Reddan feeds Toner to carry into contact. Ruddock bashes up the centre before Murphy carries down the left wing.

19:44

Luke Fitzgerald stats for the match: carries 14, defenders beaten 3, gainline success 5.

19:44

74 mins: Scarlets win the lineout and then lose it in midfield with a knock on. Poor stuff.

19:42

72 mins: Scrum Scarlets in the RDS. Bent is penalised in the front row and Thomas boots the peno to touch.

19:35

Leinster playing harlem globetrotters stuff with Brian O'Driscoll back on the pitch. They nearly go over for try number five in the left corner, but Scarlets hold tight.

Skrela crosses for Clermont's fourth try in France. Parra converts. Clermont 34-3 Scarlets

19:35

67 mins: Play is brought back for a Leinster lineout and Philips was deemed to have had a foot in touch.

19:34

66 mins: Philips turns on the gas and chips ahead up the right wing. He follows up his own kick. However, Nacewa is back to come across and touch down for a 22 drop-out.

19:33

65 mins: Leinster collapse the scrum. Scarlets kick possession back to Leinster.

19:32

65 mins: Forward pass called against D'Arcy. Scrum Scarlets in their own 22.

19:31

Chouly crosses for Clermont's third try, which Parra converts. Clermont 27-3 Exeter

19:31

64 mins: Leinster regain the initiative and go wide to Nacewa on the right, Scarlets come across to close out the space.

19:29

63 mins: Sexton kicks the penalty to touch and Cullen wins the lineout at two. Leinster recycle with poise and precision. Ruddock drives into the 22. But the ball goes loose and Scarlets seize it.

19:29

62 mins: O'Driscoll is on for Fitzgerald, McFadden will switch to the wing.

19:28

61 mins: Leinster retain phase-after-phase before Scarlets kill it and the Irish province win a penalty.

19:27

60 mins: D'Arcy again punches some space with a drive up the centre. It then goes wide to Cronin playing second centre.

19:24

59 mins: Sexton bashes a penalty to touch for Leinster. Leinster call a four-man lineout and Cronin hits Toner at two. But the ball is then spilled by Heaslip. Scarlets bash the ball back down Leinster's throats to run it back.

19:22

56 mins: Scarlets win a penalty outside the Leinster 22. Thomas opts to go for goal. He slots it.

Reddan is on for Boss for Leinster.

Leinster 26-14 Scarlets

19:21

55 mins: Cronin carries hard for Leinster before the ball is spread to Fitzgerald on the left. This time he is caught with a fierce tackle by Timani with his tenth tackle of the game.

19:20

54 mins: Fitzgerald chips down the left wing and follows up to block down Gareth Davies' clearance to touch. Scarlets win the lineout and clear long.

19:19

53 mins: Van der Merwe is on for Healy.

19:18

53 mins: McFadden and D'Arcy exerted superb pressure at the ruck there to force the penalty.

19:17

52 mins: Lee and Scott Williams pick and go. But the ball is turned over as Scarlets hold on at the breakdown.

19:14

51 mins: Scarlets clear their lines with Davies' boot. Kearney feeds the received ball to Fitzgerald on the attack. Scarlets win a penalty at the next breakdown.

19:13

50 mins: Fitzgerald cuts through the Scarlets defence before being hauled down in the 22. Leinster string together two more phases before spilling the ball forward.

19:13

49 mins: Leinster have 91% possession in this second period thus far.

19:12

48 mins: It's Sexton down getting treatment, but he seems to be grand. He clashed heads with Toner.

19:10

48 mins: D'Arcy pumps the legs to bring Leinster to halfway. The egg goes wide to Fitzgerald to chip ahead down the flank, but Scarlets turn it over and Timani picks and goes back at Leinster. Play is stopped as a Leinster player is down and needs attention.

19:09

Over in France it's still Clermont 20-3 Exeter Chiefs.

19:07

44 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - LEINSTER - KEARNEY & SEXTON

Leinster win the scrum and Heaslip picks from the base before offloading to Kearney on his shoulder. The fullback rolls out of a tackle and barges his way to the Scarlets line to dive over for the score. Sexton adds the extras with ease. That's try number four and the bonus point for Scarlets. Now they just need to secure the victory!

Leinster 26-11 Scarlets

19:06

43 mins: Leinster and Ross drive left and to the line. Heaslip and Ruddock break and go for the line. They are held up on the tryline and play is brought back for a Leinster scrum.

19:05

42 mins: Ross bounces forward with ball-in-hand. D'Arcy goes up the centre but is stopped well by Davies. 

19:04

41 mins: Sexton gets the second half underway. Leinster win back the restart and Fitzgerald and Sexton combine to bring Leinster into the 22.

18:58

The Leinster scrum has been very dominant indeed, Patrick. With Van der Merwe still to come off the bench there will be plenty more pressure exerted there after the break.

18:54

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18:47

HALF-TIME: Leinster 19-11 Scarlets.

18:48

Over in Clermont -Ferrand it's Clermont Auvergne 20-3 Exeter Chiefs.

Fofana (12) and Buttin (21) with the tries for Clermont. Parra has popped over two penalties and two conversions. Steenson has hit one penalty in response for Exeter.

18:46

44 mins: TRY - SCARLETS - LIAM WILLIAMS

But Scarlets keep moving forward and the pack keep things ticking over. Thomas is fed at ten and spots Liam Williams free out wide. The outhalf kicks for the corner and fullback Williams collects and drops over the line for the try. Thomas pushes the kick wide right.

Leinster 19-11 Scarlets

18:45

43 mins: Scarlets attack again and put five phases together. At seven phases they reach the Scarlets 22. Fenby tries to jink through the Leinster defence but fails to.

18:43

41 mins: Scarlets keep things tight as they try to edge their way up the field. But eventually they fail to secure the breakdown and Jennings snaffles possession. Boss chips down the wing for Fitzgerald to get on to the ball, it's moved inside to McFadden, who tries to keep the ball alive with an offload, but the egg goes loose.

18:42

40 mins: Sexton is back on his feet after receiving treatment following a hard tackle from Scott Williams.

18:41

39 mins: Scrum Leinster near halfway. Boss puts in and Leinster win it. They go wide right with Kearney feeding Nacewa. The ball is moved back inside to Healy before Fitzgerald takes it on. But at the next breakdown the ball isn't released. Penalty Scarlets. It is booted downfield.

18:40

38 mins: Scarlets knock on in midfield as they try to recyle from a ruck. Scrum Leinster.

18:40

37 mins: Still Clermont 20-3 Exeter.

18:38

36 mins: Scarlets kick the peno to touch. But Cullen steals the lineout ball and Leinster spread wide left. Kearney tries to find Nacewa but the pass is poor and behind the Fijian and into touch.

18:37

35 mins: Scarlets in possession and they attack on halfway and win a penalty as Leinster put hands in the ruck.

18:35

33 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - LEINSTER - FITZGERALD & SEXTON

Sexton takes a great angle at the Scarlets line and is stopped on the whitewash. Leinster recycle and pass wide left to Fitzgerald. The Lions winger sprints for the corner, crosses the line and touches down. Try number three for Leinster.

Sexton lands an excellent conversion from wide left.

Leinster 19-6 Scarlets

18:32

32 mins: Scrum Scarlets on their own line. The Welsh side infringe - penalty Leinster. Healy picks and goes and his stopped on the line. Heaslip is fed the ball out right. Nacewa is next to drive at the line.

18:32

31 mins: McFadden picks and goes from the base of a ruck, but is stopped just short.

18:29

30 mins: Leinster back on the attack. Nacewa boots down the right touchline and Williams must comes across to usher the ball into touch.

18:27

Clermont lead 20-3 against Exeter. Tries from Fofana (12) and Buttin (21). Parra has landed two conversions and two penalties. Exeter have one penalty to their name from Steenson.

18:27

26 mins: Leinster receive the kick-off and go back at Scarlets.

18:25

24 mins: TRY - LEINSTER - JENNINGS

Leinster win the lineout and maul it towards the line. Scarlets crumble, Jennings peels from the back and collapes over the line. Try number two for Leinster. Sexton slices the kick to the right.

Leinster 12-6 Scarlets

18:24

23 mins: Heaslip carries into contact as Leinster exert pressure. Scarlets come in the side and it's penalty Leinster. Sexton boots to touch in the corner.

18:22

22 mins: Healy and Sexton combine up the middle, before the ball is spread to D'Arcy and McFadden. The Irish province put ten phases together. 

18:21

20 mins: Leinster get the put in this time and Heaslip barges his way to the line. But Leinster come in the side of the ruck and it's a penalty to Scarlets.

18:20

19 mins: Scrum Scarlets in their own 22: the scrum collapes and must be reset.

18:18

18 mins: Leinster win the lineout and Scarlets drag down the maul. Sexton pops the penalty to touch again. This time the lineout ball is lost to Scarlets.

18:17

17 mins: From the scrum Scarlets are penalised and Sexton pops the penalty to touch. 

18:14

14 mins: Leinster steal the Scarlets lineout and Cronin barrels up the centre. Healy picks and goes as Leinster keep the ball alive. The ball is spread wide left to Fitzgerald on the left wing. The Lions man is taken out by Williams, but a knock on is called against McFadden who received the ball from Fitzgerald.

18:12

13 mins: DROP GOAL - SCARLETS - WILLIAMS

Williams goes for a drop goal from the Leinster 22 after several phases of play from the Welsh region. It's perfect.

Leinster 7-6 Scarlets

18:11

12 mins: Williams takes the ball at pace and makes some ground. Philips does likewise.

18:11

11 mins: Scrum Scarlets: they win and set the ruck in the Leinster 22.

18:10

10 mins: Sexton bashes a kick from the restart the length of the pitch. It goes across the the dead ball area for a scrum back in the Leinster 22.

18:07

7 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - LEINSTER - HEALY & SEXTON

Heaslip wins the lineout at two. Healy picks and goes. Sexton makes a break in the middle. Leinster put eight phases together as they grind their way to the Scarlets line. Healy picks and goes and crawls over the tryline. Try number one for Leinster. Sexton converts with ease.

Leinster 7-3 Scarlets

18:06

6 mins: Scarlets lineout: Kelly wins and Knoyle box kicks. Offside against Scarlets - penalty Leinster. Sexton opts to kick for the corner.

18:04

5 mins: Leinster attack up the right, but Toner is done for holding on at the breakdown after a pile driving tackle from Timani

18:02

3 mins: PENALTY - SCARLETS - THOMAS

But the pass went forward in the last attack, scrum Leinster. An early commitment from Leinster means Scarlets get a put in to the second scrum. From that Leinster fail to roll away at the next ruck and Scarlets get a peno. Aled Thomas slots the penalty from the left of the sticks.

Leinster 0-3 Scarlets

18:01

2 mins: Scarlets win an early lineout and Scott Williams bashes at the Leinster defence. 

18:01

1 mins: They're off.

18:00

SKY Sports are waxing lyrical about the skills of Jonathan Sexton and believe he is the key man for Leinster. They're right.

17:58

Scarlets huddle on the RDS pitch as Leinster make their way to their turf.

17:57

O'Brien not in the side, as he failed a later fitness test. Ruddock starts at six.

17:56

We'll be bringing you score updates on Clermont Auvergne's clash with Exeter as well, which kicks off at the same time, 18:00.

17:50

Leinster: Rob Kearney, Isa Nacewa, Fergus McFadden, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen (capt), Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Heinke van der Merwe, Michael Bent, Tom Denton, Jordi Murphy, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Brian O'Driscoll.

Scarlets: Liam Williams, Andy Fenby, Gareth Maule, Scott Williams, Kristian Phillips, Aled Thomas, Tavis Knoyle; Phil John, Ken Owens, Jacobie Adriaanse, George Earle, Richard Kelly, Sione Timani, Josh Turnbull, Rob McCusker (capt).

Replacements: Matthew Rees, Rhodri Jones, Samson Lee, Johan Synman, Tomas Vallejos, Gareth Davies, Jonathan Davies, Adam Warren.

Referee: Jerome Garces (France)

Assistant Referees: Sébastien Cloute, Alexandre Ruiz (both France)

Fourth official: Barry O'Keefe (IRFU),

Fifth official: Brian Montayne (IRFU),

TMO: Jean Claude Levrier (FFR) 

17:35

Leinster are facing into a massive two weekends. They lie second in Pool 5, looking to record bonus-point wins against Scarlets today and Exeter away to claim second in the pool, at worst, and qualify for the last eight as one of the best losers.

17:35

Right, next up Leinster against Scarlets at 18:00. Stay with us for that.

17:32

The final score from Stade de la Beaujoire is 37-28 to Saracens. The Watford team lead Pool 1 with 18 points, and a visit to Edinburgh in their last match looking solid to qualify. If Munster lose away to Edinburgh tomorrow then Saracens win the pool and qualify for the last eight.

17:30

From the resulting penalty Farrell opts to kick at goal. From wide left, he hits a superb kick that flies straight through the posts. Awesome kick. Racing 28-37 Saracens

17:29

Noirot is sib binned for Racing

17:25

Racing win a penalty at scrum time, but Hernandez makes a hash of the kick to the corner. He hammers it into the in-goal area by mistake. Awful. That would have had Racing attacking the Sarries line with two minutes to go and needing a converted try to win.

17:23

Saracens win another penalty inside the Racing 22 as they overpower the French side at the breakdown. Farrell, from left of the sticks, bisects the posts. Racing 28-34 Saracens

17:19

Barkley on now for the injured Chavancy.

17:10

Farrell attempts a drop goal for Sarries but Bobo blocks it and forces the kick wide.

17:05

Saracens win another penalty after superb forward drives to the Racing 22. Farrell adds yet another three points. Racing 28-31 Saracens

16:59

Ashton is sin binned by referee Alain Rolland for throwing an open hand at Estebanez. A fist like that is usually a red card, but just a yellow is handed out. Descons slots the penalty kick. Racing 28-28 Saracens

16:54

Saracens lead as Farrell slots yet another penalty. The English side have turned this game on its head with quiet determination. Racing 25-28 Saracens

16:55

Saracens score their first try of the day. They win a lineout on the 22 and spread left to right where Tomkins makes space outside Chavancy and pops outside to Wyles coming into the line. The fullback hits the ball at pace and breaks the line to score the try. Farrell converts. Racing 25-25 Saracens

16:45

The second half between Racing and Saracens is underway in Nantes.

16:30

Photos of Leinster's Joe Schmidt and Rob Kearney arriving at the RDS coming in. Both are smiling and laughing. The question is will they be so jocular at 19:45 this evening?

16:29

HALF-TIME: Racing 25-18 Saracens

16:24

And another place kick from Farrell as the Vicarage Road side head into the break still in touch. Racing 25-18 Saracens

16:21

Racing's Qovu Nailiko receives a yellow card and Farrell slots over another penalty in response. Racing 25-15 Saracens

16:14

Farrell adds a fourth penalty to edge Saracens that little bit closer to Racing. But Descons responds with a spot kick of his own. Racing 25-12 Saracens

16:13

Hernandez slots over the resulting penalty. Racing 22-9 Saracens

16:11

Fraser is sin binned for Sarries. He caught Hernandez very late with a body charge.

16:10

Farrell again replies with a vital penalty for Saracens to keep the scoreboard ticking over for the English side. Racing 19-9 Saracens

16:07

Another superb try from Imhoff. Hernandez breaks the Saracens line in his own half, before feeding right to Imhoff to finish off from the 22-metre line. The Argentine speedster is unstoppable when he gets up a head of pace. Descons converts. Racing 19-6 Saracens

15:58

Juan Imhoff scores magnificent try in the right corner as he turns on the gas to speed around the Saracens cover and touch down to extend the Racing lead. Farrell again responds with a penalty to keep Saracens in touch. Racing 12-6 Saracens

15:45

Racing take an early lead against Saracens with a try from Luc Ducalcon. Sebastien Descons converts. But Owen Farrell replies with a penalty. Racing 7-3 Saracens

15:43

Next up for the Irish provinces this weekend is Leinster away to Scarlets at 18:00. The Dublin 4-based side are looking for a bonus-point victory to keep their hopes of a quarter-final spot alive.

15:39

A report from The Stoop will follow on the site shortly.

15:36

Biarritz humbled Zebre 32-6 in Parma. Baby (7), Bosch (31, 56), Burotu (75) all touched down, with Yachvili hitting three conversions and two penalties. Orquera mustered two penalties in reply for Zebre.

15:31

Toulon have crushed Cardiff Blues 45-25. Tries from Wulf (20), Chiocci (26), Orioli (35), Mermoz (42), Palisson (48), Bastareaud (53), Fresia (62) did the damage. Wilkinson scored four conversions, Giteau landed one. Cardiff scored five pointers from Halfpenny, Cuthbert and Hewitt. Halfpenny landed a conversion and penalty.

15:28

A very entertaining game at The Stoop, but Connacht were so outclassed is was disgusting and very demoralising. Quins have been touted as potential Heineken Cup winners this year, they looked to every bit the contender today. New Connacht boss Pat Lam will have watched that clash with a mixture of trepidation and interest. Challenges lie ahead for the Samoan.

15:24

85 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - HARLEQUINS - BOTICA & EVANS

Williams and Easter batter hard in the Connacht 22. Robson follows suit. Monye takes a pop pass at pace and is hauled down. Botica is next to have a pop and he crashes over the line. The ref can't see if the ball has been grounded and goes to the TMO to call whether it's a try or not. A try is awarded after a long delay. Evans slots over the conversion to complete this Langhorn Drive massacre.

Harlequins 47-8 Connacht

15:23

81 mins: Quins come again. Dixon and Evans interchange and Lowe takes the ball at an angle at pace. Connacht hold firm in defence. Quins soread wide right and then left as Monye tries to go through the middle.

15:21

78 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - HARLEQUINS - LOWE & BOTICA

Quins attack once more, this time on the left. The ball is spread to Evans, he grubbers ahead on the Connacht 22 and Lowe chases on to it to touch down as the egg crosses into the in-goal area. Botica converts. 

Harlequins 40-8 Connacht

15:19

77 mins: Lineout Connacht: Browne wins at the tail and pops off the top. The Irish boys break up the right wing. They spread left but as the ball is about to go to the wing Williams intercepts and boots ahead. Vainikolo must scamper back to retrieve and deliver a relieving kick.

15:18

76 mins: Scrum Connacht: O'Donohoe puts in. Penalty Connacht as Quins infringe. The Irish side then win a penalty as Quins come in the side of the next ruck.

15:17

74 mins: Quins receive and break down the right flank. The ball is lost forward in the Connacht 22. 

15:16

73 mins: Connacht boot long to Monye. He brings play back into contact. The ball is spread left and the move breaks down as it goes to touch. Connacht use it quickly. O'Donohoe box kicks long.

15:14

72 mins: Robson wins the lineout and Quins maul. Monye carries hard before Evans pops to Fa'asavulu. But at the next phase Quins knock on at the 22m line.

15:14

72 mins: Evans boots the penalty to touch into the Connacht corner.

15:13

72 mins: Quins win a penalty on halfway as Connacht kill the ball at the breakdown.

15:12

71 mins: Quins win the lineout and spread wide left to Monye to run onto. Evans pops to the Connacht corner, Vainikolo gets back and box kicks long. The ball is booted back at Connacht to Henshaw.

15:11

71 mins: They win and break wide left and set the ruck. The ball, however, is lost as Connacht play the ball on the deck. Evans boots the peno to touch.

15:11

70 mins: The Irish side win that and subsequently win a scrum put in.

15:10

69 mins: Connacht win a penalty at the breakdown and Nikora boots long to touch.

15:09

68 mins: Evans boots to the Connacht corner. Loxton gets back to claim the ball and take the ball back at Quins.

15:08

67 mins: Quins claim the Connacht restart. Easter carries as the English side batter their way at Connacht again.

15:06

65 mins: TRY - HARLEQUINS - MONYE

Vainikolo is also back on the pitch now. But he can't do anything as Monye receives the ball on halfway, beats three defenders and sprints across the line. Superb. Evans misses the conversion.

Harlequins 33-8 Connacht

15:04

63 mins: - TRY - CONNACHT - O'CONNOR

O'Connor's time in the sin-bin is over. From the Connacht lineout the Westerners win the ball and maul it hard from five minutes. O'Connor is at the base marshalling things, when the moment is right he looks up, breaks from the pack and dives over for the try. Nikora misses the conversion.

Harlequins 28-8 Connacht

15:03

63 mins: This time Nikora goes wide right with a kick ahead and Brown must come across to secure the ball and put it into touch.

15:02

61 mins: The ball is kicked ahead by Nikora and Care ushers the ball into touch.

15:01

60 mins: Connacht win their own lineout with Browne at the front as he bursts down the touchline, but Quins scramble to get the cover tackle in and the ball is lost as Browne tries to keep the ball alive.

14:58

59 mins: The penalty is booted to touch and Connacht win the lineout at the tail with Browne. The Westerners put some phases together and make the Quins 22. They win a penalty on the edge of that area as Marler and Reynecke clash. Both players are sent to the bin. Connacht are down to 12 men, Quins to 14.

14:57

58 mins: Nikora clears long but fails to find touch as Williams claims. But Quins concede a penalty for crossing.

14:56

56 mins: But Quins win back possession, Care attacks before Brown joins the line. Care goes again as Quins go all out attack. Johnston now, as the ball is chipped ahead. Connacht get back to snuff out the danger.

14:54

55 mins: The 13 men of Connacht go phase-after-phase as they try to hold on to the ball as much as possible while they are reduced by two players.

14:52

54 mins: - TRY - HARLEQUINS - WILLIAMS

Penalty Quins. They form a maul, then spread out wide, ball through the hands from left to right, where Williams receives possession and dives over in the corner. Evans misses the conversion.

Harlequins 28-3 Connacht

14:51

52 mins: Vainikolo is sib-binned for impeding Monye off the ball as he tries to get to the chip ahead. Connacht are down to 13 men.

14:50

52 mins: Quins keep the ball up their jumper as they go through the phases up the middle with Easter making good ground. Evans chips over the Connacht backline to the corner, Monye races on to it but as he reaches the bouncing ball, the egg bounces high and over his head. Connacht scramble back to clear. Great chance for the England winger.

14:49

51 mins: Connacht attempt to carry the ball out of their own 22. Nikora is the man leading the charge, before the ball is booted to the Quins 22.

14:47

50 mins: Scrum Connacht and they spread to Griffin in the centre. The ball is turned over by Quins in contact. O'Connor is sin-binned for taking Williams out off the ball.

14:47

49 mins: Robshaw takes up the reins of the attack, but the England captain knocks on in contact.

14:45

48 mins: Scrum Quins outside their own 22: they win and break left. The ball is turned over in the Connacht 22 and the ball is booted back to Quins.

14:43

47 mins: Jarvis garryowens and Brown knocks on. Connacht put some phases together. Eventually the ball is played outside to McSharry but the pass to him is poor and he fumbles forward. That's eight Connacht handling errors to four from Quins.

14:42

46 mins: Henshaw plays a garryowen but Brown takes with ease. But the ball goes forward, scrum Connacht.

14:40

45 mins: Quins win a lineout and set the maul. Care snipes around the blindside before the ball goes open to Robshaw. Evans puts boot to ball and Henshaw receives and runs it back into traffic.

14:39

44 mins: Connacht in serious trouble now, and only the most positive of Westerners supporters would fail to think that the game is now beyond them.

14:35

41 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - HARLEQUINS - WILLIAMS & EVANS

Brown runs across halfway from left to right, he eventually finds space and breaks through the Connacht defence. He accelerates into space before popping outside to Williams to receive, he dashes for and touches down in the corner. The ref goes to the TMO to make sure as O'Halloran but in a last-minute cover tackle, but there is no doubt. Evans converts from the right touchline.

Harlequins 23-3 Connacht

14:26

41 mins: Play is back underway at The Stoop.

14:24

The key statistic from the Stoop at half-time is that Connacht have conceded nine penalties to Harlequins' one. The Irish province must be more disciplined in the second period to overturn that deficit.

14:23

In Parma, Zebre trail Biarritz 20-6 at the interval. Benoit Baby and Marcelo Bosch have crossed for Biarritz tries, Dimitri Yachvili has kicked two conversions and two penalties.

14:20

It's also half-time in Toulon v Cardiff Blues and it's 19-8 to the French team. A Leigh Halfpenny try and penalty had Cardiff leading, but Rudi Wulf, Xavier Chiocci and Jean Charles Orioli tries, as well as two Jonny Wilkinson conversions has put Toulon in control.

14:20

HALF-TIME: HARLEQUINS 16-3 CONNACHT

14:18

40 mins: PENALTY - HARLEQUINS - EVANS

Scrum Quins: Connacht collapse and it's a penalty to Quins. Evans slots the penalty from outside the Connacht 22 from 28 metres out.

Harlequins 16-3 Connacht

14:17

39 mins: Scrum Connacht: penalty Quins again from the scrum as the ball is put into the second row. 

14:15

37 mins: Quins pump the legs and go phase after phase, but outside the 22, the ball is knocked on. But on the other side of the pitch four players are tangled up in a boxing match. It comes to nought as everyone gets their handbags back from the cloak room.

14:15

36 mins: Quins beginning to exert their experience and nous on this encounter now.

14:13

36 mins: PENALTY TRY & CONVERSION - HARLEQUINS - EVANS

Scrum two to Quins: the scrum collapses and Quins are awarded a penalty try, that front row of Marler, Gray and Johnston is devilishly good. Evans slots the conversion.

Harlequins 13-3 Connacht

14:11

34 mins: Scrum Quins: a penalty is awarded from the scrum.

14:10

33 mins: Quins go to the tail with Robshaw. The English side maul towards the line. They are right up on the whitewash and the maul goes to ground. A scrum is awarded.

14:08

31 mins: Quins on the attack, on the edge of the Connacht 22. Easter and Monye combine out left. Care attempts a drop goal, as penalty advantage is played. The effort goes wide right and play is brought back for the penalty. That's six penalties conceded by Connacht and just one by Harlequins. Evans kicks the penalty to the left corner.

14:06

29 mins: Scrum Connacht: it collapses and must be reset.

14:05

27 mins: Connacht break upfield but loose the ball in contact and the ball is booted by Evans at O'Halloran. Quins run it back with Brown. The English side attempt to break from a ruck, but Care knocks on at the base. Scrum Connacht.

14:03

25 mins: Again Quins attack with phase after repeated phase. As they come under strain, the Connacht pack fail to roll away at the breakdown, and from the 22, Evans misses a sitter of a penalty kick.

14:00

23 mins: Quins make hard yard with their pack and eventually win a scrum.

13:58

BREAKING NEWS:  Due to illness Romain Poite (France) has had to withdraw as referee for the Round 5 Heineken Cup Pool 1 match between Edinburgh Rugby and Munster Rugby at Murrayfield on Sunday, 13 January 2013.

Poite will now be replaced by Greg Garner (England), while JP Doyle (England) will step in as Assistant Referee number 1 to replace Garner at Toulouse v Benetton Treviso on Sunday.

13:57

20 mins: Quins back on the attack. They use repeated close in attacks and lose the ball, Evans hammers it downfield, before Quins kick back to touch. Tight game so far, Connact are right in this.

13:55

18 mins: Browne pops through his legs to Marmion at the base of the scrum, before the Irish side spread wide left, the move breaks down, but exquisite skill from Browne.

13:53

17 mins: Quins win their lineout and spread across the pitch on the Connacht 22. But the Westerners are ready for them this time and are awarded a scrum from the breakdown.

13:52

16 mins: Connacht win their own scrum and spread wide to midfield where McSharry knocks on. Quins seize the loose ball and break upfield. They win a penalty at the breakdown inside the Connacht half and Evans kicks to touch.

13:50

15 mins: McKeon can't get rid of an ankle knock and is replaced by Kearney.

13:48

13 mins: PENALTY - HARLEQUINS - EVANS

As soon as the teams go level, Jarvis has a kick blocked down by Gray and Harris-Wright scampers in to retrieve the loose ball, but gets isolated as he tries to set the ruck. The ref calls holding in in the ruck and Evans kicks the resulting penalty from an easy position.

Harlequins 6-3 Connacht

13:45

11 mins: PENALTY - CONNACHT - JARVIS

Connacht comes back at Quins and reach the 22. They go left, then right, then left again with Griffin and win a penalty as Quins fail to roll away. That was all started by O’Halloran winning the restart. Jarvis slots over the penalty.

Harlequins 3-3 Connacht

13:41

7 mins: PENALTY - EVANS - HARLEQUINS

Scrum to Quins just inside the Connacht half. Care snipes down the blind side on the right and is awarded a penalty for his troubles as Connacht infringe as Brown fails to release the tackler before contesting the ball on the ground. Evans opts to kick at goal. From wide right, outside the 22, he nails it.

Harlequins 3-3 Connacht

13:40

The teams today in London are:

Harlequins: M Brown; T Williams, M Hopper, T Casson, U Monye; N Evans, D Care; J Marler, J Gray, J Johnston, O Kohn, G Robson, M Fa’asavalu, C Robshaw (c), N Easter.

Replacements: R Buchanan, M Lambert, W Collier, C Matthews, T Guest, K Dickson, B Botica, G Lowe.

Connacht: R Henshaw; T O’Halloran, E Griffin, D McSharry, F Vainikolo; M Jarvis, K Marmion; D Buckley, J Harris-Wright, N White (c); M Swift, M McCarthy; A Browne, J O’Connor, E McKeon.

Replacements: E Reynecke, B Wilkinson, R Loughney, M Kearney, E Grace, P O’Donohoe, M Nikora, J Loxton.

13:39

5 mins: Five minutes in to the tie at The Stoop and neither side have carved a major chance.

13:23

The day's H Cup action begins at The Stoop, with Connacht travelling to face Conor O'Shea's Harlequins.

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