Saracens scored a late attempt in a 20-14 defeat at Edinburgh to earn a bonus level, which secured a Champions Cup last-16 dwelling tie; London Irish’s hopes of extending their European marketing campaign had been ended as they drew at Montpellier; Munster missed out on a house tie after dropping in Toulouse
Last Updated: 22/01/23 8:46pm
England’s Elliot Daly carries the ball for Saracens throughout their defeat to Edinburgh
Edinburgh needed to accept a Heineken Champions Cup last-16 away tie at Leicester regardless of beating Saracens 20-14.
The Scottish facet had been heading for a house match within the subsequent spherical till a late attempt from flanker Ben Earl secured Saracens a dropping bonus level on the DAM Health Stadium.
That pushed them forward of Edinburgh into fourth place in Pool A on tries scored, handing them a house sport with Ospreys.
Dave Cherry and Pierre Schoeman crossed for Edinburgh whereas Blair Kinghorn added two penalties and the identical quantity of conversions, with Alex Goode kicking three penalties for Saracens earlier than Earl’s late effort.
Edinburgh raced right into a third-minute lead once they kicked a penalty to the nook, then battled by way of 4 phases on Saracens’ line earlier than hooker Cherry picked up from the bottom of a ruck and muscled over.
Edinburgh celebrated their victory at full time regardless of lacking out on a house last-16 tie
Kinghorn added the conversion, after which nearly instantly slotted a penalty from instantly in entrance of the posts when Jamie George was known as for a excessive problem on Schoeman.
Saracens bounced again with Goode kicking the factors from a scrum penalty, however Edinburgh had been quickly again on high – they usually had been helped by the guests dropping two gamers to the sin-bin inside three minutes.
England hooker George and Italy prop Marco Riccioni had been each yellow carded for failing to decrease their physique top within the sort out and inflicting head-on-head collisions.
Riccioni concussed himself and didn’t return after his spell on the sidelines.
Edinburgh did not make their two-man benefit depend on the scoreboard, with Jamie Ritchie passing up a golden alternative when he misplaced the ball involved as he dived below the posts.
Once again to full energy, Saracens narrowed the hole with a second Goode penalty following one other collapsed scrum.
That left Edinburgh simply 4 factors forward on the break, which was outstanding provided that they’d dominated the primary half with 71 per cent possession.
The dwelling facet edged additional forward in the beginning of the second half with a Kinghorn penalty, however that was promptly cancelled out by a profitable shot at aim from Goode.
The sport stretched away from Saracens when Maro Itoje grew to become the third visiting participant to see yellow for a cynical offside which prevented Henry Pyrgos from shifting the ball from the bottom of an attacking ruck.
Edinburgh kicked to the nook and Schoeman powered over from the line-out maul, with Kinghorn including the conversion.
As you’ll count on, Saracens fought proper to the tip, and Edinburgh misplaced Sam Skinner to the sin-bin for collapsing a maul close to his personal line.
The hosts managed to carry out for a number of extra minutes, however finally cracked when a protracted passage of play from Saracens finally opened up a spot on the left for Billy Vunipola to ship Earl over, with Goode unable so as to add the conversion.
Montpellier 21-21 London Irish
London Irish’s European marketing campaign got here to an finish as reigning French Top 14 champions Montpellier got here from 21 factors all the way down to power a 21-21 draw of their Heineken Champions Cup conflict.
The draw within the spherical 4 sport in Pool B on the GGL Stadium meant Irish did not report a win within the pool phases as their European hopes ended.
The guests had been 21 factors up after 48 minutes, Adam Coleman, Juan Martin Gonzalez and Agustin Creevy all crossing in a formidable show.
But Montpellier grew into the sport within the second half and obtained over by way of Thomas Darmon, Vincent Giudicelli and Cobus Reinach to stage the scores, permitting Sale to qualify for the European Challenge Cup spherical of 16.
Irish had been crushed 32-27 by Montpellier on the Gtech Community Stadium of their opening Pool B sport and went on lose their subsequent two video games earlier than being denied once more on French soil.
Both groups went into the match trying to bounce again from defeats in spherical three, with Montpellier dropping 35-29 at Ospreys and Irish falling 14-28 at dwelling to DHL Stormers.
Toulouse 20-16 Munster
The boot of full-back Melvyn Jaminet steered Toulouse to a slender victory that earned them a house draw within the Heineken Champions Cup final 16 and condemned Munster to a highway journey within the knockout phases.
Jaminet, deputising for the suspended Thomas Ramos, kicked 15 factors as he took the sport away from the Irish guests in a second half that noticed the lead change arms 4 occasions earlier than the hosts lastly clinched a 20-16 win.
Five-time European champions Toulouse completed second in Pool B behind holders La Rochelle, whereas Munster missed out of a top-four end that will have assured a sport for them at Thomond Park within the spherical of 16 on the finish of the Six Nations.
Toulouse began the stronger and stormed into an eight-point lead. Jaminet despatched the primary of his 5 penalties within the second minute, and issues obtained even higher for the hosts 5 minutes later when their Argentina wing Juan Cruz Mallia obtained previous Shane Daly to cross in the appropriate nook.
Jaminet pushed his touchline conversion inches huge of the far upright, however he was again on the right track within the eleventh minute to make it 11-0.
Munster turned the sport round with tries from John Hodnett and Tadhg Beirne both facet of half-time, however Joey Carberry missed each conversions to restrict their benefit.
The lead was exchanged as either side took benefit of penalties, however Jaminet struck twice extra to seal victory for the hosts.
Round of 16 draw
Leinster vs Ulster
Exeter vs Montpellier
Sharks vs Munster
Saracens vs Ospreys
Leicester vs Edinburgh
Stormers vs Harlequins
Toulouse vs Bulls
La Rochelle vs Gloucester
Ties to be performed between March 31 and April 2