on-eng-1 on-FRA-1
Heineken Cup Home
European Challenge Cup
Fans Poll
How many countries do you think will be represented in Heineken Cup quarter finals?
Two countries
Three countries
Four countries
Five countries
Previous Poll Results

From which pool will the winner of the European Challenge Cup come from? 
Pool 5 (38%)
Pool 4 (18%)
Pool 2 (18%)
Pool 1 (14%)
Pool 3 (13%)






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Toulousefans
Fans are in for a feast this weekend
Its going down to the wire
15 January 2008, 9:17 am
All eight places in the prestigious Heineken Cup quarter-finals on 4 / 5 / 6 April are still up for grabs � the first time not a single club has secured qualification after five Rounds.
That is the fascinating “all to play for” situation in every Pool with defending champions London Wasps travelling to Munster with a three-point advantage at the top of Pool 6 over 2006 champions Munster. 

Eoin Reddan – the Ireland Test scrum half who made two Heineken Cup appearances for Munster before joining Wasps – knows as well as anyone what playing at Thomond Park means to the Munster players and the opposition. 

“The Munster fans make sure there is an incredible atmosphere at Thomond Park so it is essential you keep your head and be clinical,” said Reddan, a try scorer in Wasps’ 25-9 Heineken Cup final triumph over Leicester Tigers last May. 

“But while it is in our hands as the group leaders it will be a huge ask and we will just go out and try to produce the sort of quality performance that gets us the win. 

“And the point Munster won in the defeat at Clermont in Round 5 probably cleared things up for everyone in the Pool and now we can focus on the job in hand. It means we all know just what is required to get through to the quarter-finals.” 

Wasps beat Munster 24-23 on the opening weekend back in November to get their title defence off to a winning start but Reddan insists being champions does not create any extra pressures. 

“At the start of each new Heineken Cup tournament you set out to win the cup and this year was no different for Wasps,” said the player who’s head-to-head with Peter Stringer will be at the heart of the contest. 

“The Heineken Cup is a massive competition and, although you cannot win it in January, you certainly can lose it in January. 

“We will need to come up with our best performance of the season on Saturday as it will be a big game and a big occasion and, while it is great to be involved in events like that, we have to produce the performance to match the demands.” 

Wasps Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan added: “We got the job done against the Scarlets and everyone looked very sharp – there is a lot to be positive about. 

“We knew the players’ attitude was right and we knew what we had to do. We put the game away in the first half and secured the bonus point,” he said.
anc_legalnotice delivered by Sotic powered by RedDot
Did You Know?
There were a record 281,243 fans at the 67 Challenge Cup matches last season at an average of 4,197 per game.
Heineken Cup Forum
Latest 3 forum threads:
Re Wasps And Munster
Who would qualify as is?
Um... teams "knocked out"
ERC eZine
Register now to receive the very latest club rugby news from around Europe.
Challenge Cup Countdown


Challenge Cup Forum
Latest 3 forum threads:
Played on a Thursday?
Expand the Challenge Cup
Samoa Gavin Williams plays for Connacht