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welcome to our coverage of the Heineken Cup semi-finals as Saracens host Clermont Auvergne on Saturday and Toulon take on Munster on Sunday.

  • SKY BET ODDS [betting]We've boosted Saracens winger David Strettle to score the first try in this afternoon's semi-finals against Clermont. The former England flyer has been in great form this term and scored his tenth Premiership try in the recent success against Northampton. Bet on the Heineken Cup.

    4/26/2014 2:16:48 PM
  • Owen Farrell is a huge injury concern for Sarries - he will be starting but won't be kicking for goal - Alex Goode will be stepping up to do that! 
    4/26/2014 2:19:00 PM
  • Owen has been training  fully for the last ten days but Thursday was the first time he placed-kicked and it was just too sore and uncomfortable so therefore Alex will take the kicks.
    Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall
    4/26/2014 2:20:36 PM
  • The major issue is that Owen is their go to guy  when they are under pressure. Those three pointers are just so important in a semi-final. For a man who has never stepped away from a  challenge in his life, for him not to kick a goal well there has to be a real concern about whether he can last the full eighty minutes.
    Will Greenwood has concerns over Owen Farrell
    4/26/2014 2:23:08 PM
  • [jonathandavies] If Clermont can get their back three into the game - Lee Byrne, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Naipolioni Nalaga then I think they will have a bit too much firepower for Saracens. They are just such a dangerous threat and Saracens will have to be on song to stop them.
    Jonathan Davies on the task ahead for Sarries
    4/26/2014 2:26:43 PM
  • Clermont fans enjoying Twickers

    4/26/2014 2:30:42 PM
  • [try] TRY! Saracens 32-6 Clermont Auvergne
    Schalk Brits put is  a superb tackle on Benson Stanley down the touchline, the ball goes loose and Ashton hacks it on and scores! Goode cannot make the conversion. 
    4/26/2014 4:19:52 PM
  • Saracens 32-6 Clermont Auvergne
    That is Ashton's 11th try in this season's tournament - A Heineken Cup record. England boss Stuart Lancaster will have a lot to think about! 

    4/26/2014 4:22:12 PM
  • No way through for Sivivatu

    4/26/2014 4:24:15 PM
  • Saracens 32-6 Clermont Auvergne
    Jacques Burger has been the chief tormentor supreme for Clermont. It was an unbelievable performance from him. 
    Stuart Barnes gives Burger the man of the match
    4/26/2014 4:25:53 PM
  • Saracens 32-6 Clermont Auvergne
    Clermont look to finally get a score as Nakaitaci makes a break and Vosloo is there is support. But Saracens are not giving them anything! Superb defence and covering tackles see them win the penalty.
    4/26/2014 4:28:20 PM
  • [try] TRY!Saracens 39-6 Clermont Auvergne
    Steve Borthwick steals a lineout  and Ashton makes a wonderful break and then puts in a superb pass! There is still alot to do butTim Strether and Brad Barritt straighten the line for Chris Wyles who is over. Goode is back on song!

    4/26/2014 4:30:55 PM
  • [try]TRY! Saracens 46-6 Clermont Auvergne
    That's another one for Sarries! Nathan Hines takes the ball into contact in his 22 and is turned over after some good work from Matt Stevens. The ball goes through the hands and Tim Streather scores for Sarries! Goode converts as Nigel Owens blows the final whistle! 

    4/26/2014 4:36:25 PM
  • Saracens 46-6 Clermont Auvergne
    That is some score - this is Clermont Auvergne we are talking about - whoever wins Sunday's semi-final between Toulon and Munster is going to be really up against it at Cardiff. 
    4/26/2014 4:38:20 PM
  • It's a great day for everyone involved at Saracens. Thank you to everyone who cam out and supported us - it is wonderful to play in front of you. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes too - Saracens is just a wonderful club to play for. We knew we had to absorb the pressure in the first 20 minutes and we knew we have to put that back onto them - it worked out today. Fair play to Clermont, they kept on coming. we have made it to the final but the job is not done yet. 
    Schalk Burger talks after Saracens amazing 46-6 win!
    4/26/2014 4:42:43 PM
  • We knew that they have got big ball carriers and that they
    play their best when they get over the gainline.
    We tried to cut their legs and
    take their momentum away – I think it worked well for us.
    We knew we had to get
    in their faces and cut them down as soon as possible.
      We took their energy away and they looked a
    bit shell-shocked at some stages.
    They are a great team and we did well to
    knock them off their stride.
     I think I
    actually touched the ball twice today – one pick and go and one carry.
    I have
    gone games without touching the ball so that is a lot for me.
    Man of the match Jacques Burger

    4/26/2014 4:49:13 PM
  • Saracens 46-6 Clermont Auvergne
    What a result for Sarries - they are in the Heineken Cup final! Who will they be facing in Cardiff in three weeks time? Find out tomorrow when Toulon take on Munster in Marseille, kick-off 3.30pm.
    4/26/2014 4:54:14 PM

  • Drew Mitchell gives us a tour of Toulon's tour bus
    4/27/2014 1:54:46 PM
  • Toulon arriving on that bus!  
    4/27/2014 1:56:31 PM
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    We get up close and personal with Munster's Ian Keatley

    4/27/2014 1:59:41 PM
  • Munster have a lot of inner-belief and a tight game will really suit them. Toulon are a tough team to break and they have that big match temperament - yes they have lost a few that they should have won but they turn up when it really matters and this game really matters. Toulon are the favourites by a long way, but that is just how Munster like it!
    Paul Wallace on Toulon v Munster
    4/27/2014 2:13:26 PM
  • We feeling in good shape and that is all you can hope for at this stage of the week. we have got [plenty of energy, the ground looks great and the crowd has turned up - the Munster supporters are here in their droves as always. we have had a good week and we have done all that we can - now we will see how things unfold.
    Munster coach Rob Penney ready for the Toulon challenge
    4/27/2014 2:15:16 PM
  • 4/27/2014 2:15:48 PM
  • Toulon 0-0 Munster
    It is hard to pick out the one key threat from Toulon because they come from absolutely everywhere.
    Will Greenwood looks for a weakness in this superstar Toulon side
    4/27/2014 2:18:56 PM
  • Toulon 0-0 Munster
    The pilou pilou is being belted out just before the teams run out. 
    4/27/2014 2:25:27 PM
  • Plenty of Munster fans at Stade Vélodrome

    4/27/2014 2:27:27 PM
  • Toulon 0-0 Munster
    A huge roar as the  teams run out - the atmosphere is electric! 
    4/27/2014 2:30:17 PM
  • [kick-off] Toulon 0-0 Munster
    Ian Keatley gets this semi-final started, the ball comes out to Juan Smith who knocks it on and Munster have a fantastic attacking scrum in Toulon's 22.
    4/27/2014 2:32:17 PM
  • Toulon 0-0 Munster
    Munster are penalised at the scrum though and Toulon clear their lines. 
    4/27/2014 2:33:54 PM
  • Toulon 0-0 Munster
    Toulon using their big men to carry the ball into contact - Danie Rossouw makes some good yards before the ball goes wide to Bastareaud who builds up a good head of steam. CJ Stander is penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown and Wilkinson has his first shot at the posts.
    4/27/2014 2:35:44 PM
  • [penalty-rugby] Toulon 3-0 Munster
    Wilkinson doe snot miss these and he gives Toulon an early lead. 
    4/27/2014 2:36:42 PM
  • [penalty-rugby] Toulon 3-3 Munster
    Toulon are trying to run the ball from their own 22 - Munster turn the ball over and then they win a penalty - Keatley makes it all square after 7 minutes. No respecting the kicking here - hoots and horns are blaring out!  
    4/27/2014 2:39:17 PM
  • Toulon 3-3 Munster
    Toulon try and get a rolling maul going but munster have their measure and win the scrum - great work from the likes of Paul O'Connell and Varley to hold Toulon up.
    4/27/2014 2:42:17 PM
  • [betting]Here's how the bookmakers price up the odds on who will lift the trophy, with Toulon favoured over Saracens. Bet on the Heineken Cup Final here.

    4/27/2014 4:49:59 PM
  • Thanks for joining us this weekend! Two great games and it is going to be a cracking final! 
    4/27/2014 5:03:36 PM
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