Belfast Telegraph

Route mapped out to Heineken Cup glory

By Niall Crozier

Details of the Heineken Cup details semi-final venues and dates have been announced. Kick-off times, however, have still to be confirmed.

The winners of tomorrow’s clash between Munster and Ulster will play their Aviva Stadium semi-final on Saturday, April 28.

Their opponents will be winners of the Edinburgh versus four times-champions Toulouse who meet tomorrow afternoon.

If Saracens, beat ASM Clermont Auvergne on Sunday they will meet the winners of tomorrow evening’s Leinster v Cardiff Blues game in the semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday, April 29. But if Clermont defeat Saracens, then the winners of that Leinster-Cardiff clash will travel to France to meet them at Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux. Twickenham will stage this season’s Heineken Cup final on Saturday, May 19.

Following the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final draw, this weekend’s Toulon v Harlequins and London Wasps v Biarritz Olympique clashes will have the added incentive of offering the winners a home semi-final and taking them one step closer to the tournament final at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, May 18.

On Friday, April 27, Toulon or Harlequins will play the winners of the Stade Francais Paris v Exeter Chiefs game. And should Biarritz beat Wasps, their reward will be a meeting the winners of Brive v Scarlets on Saturday, April 28.

However, if Wasps are victorious, they will play either Brive or Scarlets on Sunday, April 29.

Heineken Cup semi-finals: Saturday, April 28: Munster or Ulster v Edinburgh or Toulouse at Aviva Stadium, (capacity 50,000).

Sunday, April 29: Saracens or ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leinster or Cardiff Blues at Twickenham (capacity 82,000) or Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux (capacity 34,000).

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