Heineken Cup: highlights of all the action from round one of the greatest club competition in Europe

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The Heineken Cup kicked off in fine style over the weekend as the best teams in Europe went head-to head.

The competition is never won in the first week but a good showing can certainly make life easier heading into the later stages.

Click on the videos to view the highlights as Shane Horgan and Nick Kennedy look at the winners and losers after Round One of the Heineken Cup.


Ospreys 9 - 19 Leinster Rugby

Shane Horgan: I didn't think the Ospreys played that badly against Leinster but Leinster were just very professional the way they went about their business. They were very efficient at the breakdown and we saw a very strong focus on the second tackler stripping the ball. We have seen the likes of Munster try and hold the player up in the tackle but Leinster have gone somewhere else and are being very aggressive in trying to strip the ball which was really effective. It was one of the better performances I have seen from Leinster this season.

Castres Olympique 19 - 13 Northampton Saints

Nick Kennedy: For me Castres have the best set-piece in France and they pride themselves on their scrum and their lineout but Northampton went down there and got the better of them in both aspects. That bodes really well for them in this Pool moving forward.


Toulon 51 - 28 Glasgow Warriors

Nick Kennedy: That was as good a first half from Toulon that I have ever seen them play. They mixed it up - some good power play upfront with Chris Masoe being driven over for his try and then putting real width on the ball to stretch the Glasgow defence. It was impressive for Glasgow to come back into this game. Toulon have the best defence in the Top 14 so to come back and score 28 points is impressive, Toulon will be disappointed that they let Glasgow get a bonus point.

Exeter Chiefs 44 - 29 Cardiff Blues

Shane Horgan: Cardiff missed 21 tackles in the first half; that is incredible. Team's generally try and keep their missed tackle count to no more than ten per game! It does not bode well for them with Toulon visiting next week. They could be out of the competition within two weeks. Cardiff have to tighten up their defence.


Connacht Rugby 17 - 23 Saracens

Nick Kennedy: Sarries made such a good start to the game that sometimes it is hard too keep that intensity up - especially away in difficult conditions. Connacht is such a hard place to go - it's a big open ground and kicking in the wind can be difficult. Connacht also really raised their game and got more into it to give themselves a chance. Sarries would have learnt a lesson from that game - ten minutes in they were looking for the bonus point, after 80 minutes they were hanging on and would have been delighted to have got the win. They will take that into next week.

Toulouse 38 - 5 Zebre

Four-time champions Toulouse opened their Heineken Cup campaign with an emphatic 38-5 victory over Zebre at the Stade Ernest Wallon stadium.


Harlequins 26 - 33 Scarlets

Nick Kennedy: Defence was a real issue. Scarlets played some great rugby but Quins let them play too much. There were too many little errors that cost them. Losing your first game at home and not getting anything from it is very disappointing. There will be a lot of hard work done this week, away to Clermont next week is not easy and we have to go and try and get something from that game.

Racing Métro 13 - 9 Clermont Auvergne

Nick Kennedy: The Racing No 9 (Maxime Machenaud) put in huge hits on the majority of the Clermont pack. But it was the decision making at the ruck. They threw in numbers and the ball didn't come out. It's a very dangerous game to play but they turned it over or slowed the ball enough to realign their defence.

Shane Horgan: Clermont can't look any further than their own gameplan. They were quite naive tactically. As a result they were relying on individual brilliance and yes, we saw some from Sivivatu. But apart from that it wasn't as if they had systematically put a plan in place to break down the Racing defence. They didn't look like doing that.


Ulster Rugby 22 - 16 Leicester Tigers

Shane Horgan: I think the balance of power between these two is still even stevens. Both side will be happy - or at least not disappointed with the way the game went. Ulster will be very happy that they played their first game in Ravenhill because it took them awhile to get into it. They are still getting their players back - Ruan Piennaar I imagine will start next week and once they get a bit of momentum developing, I expect they will be a much stronger team. They are capable of a much stronger performance next week - and they will need one against Montpellier if they are to get anything there.

Treviso 10 - 27 Montpellier

Nick Kennedy: Montpellier are just hovering under the radar at the moment but they are currently top of the French league. Their No.9 Jonathan Pelissie cannot stop scoring at the moment - he has real pace and is a real danger around the ruck. Ulster are going to have to try and stop him next week if they are to have any chance if coming away with anything.


Edinburgh Rugby 29 - 23 Munster Rugby

Nick Kennedy: Edinburgh are bottom of the Rabo at the moment and no one expected them to pull that performance out of the bag. They have the ability to do that as they play this free-running offloading game and they just went for it. It was a cracking game and a great result for them.

Shane Horgan: Munster are in a bit of a tricky position - it is not a disaster as long as Edinburgh keep that form up and take points off Gloucester and Perpignan, their form in the Rabo would suggest that is probably not the case. However the Heineken Cup does funny things to teams and Edinburgh's performance came out of nowhere.

Gloucester Rugby 27 - 22 Perpignan

Nick Kennedy: Gloucester lost last weekend to Exeter in the Premiership and to lose in front of the Shed is very much frowned upon so to come back and have that sort of performance - especially by the pack was impressive. Their forwards really stood up to a huge Perpignan pack and give Jonny May opportunities to finish of those tries - he did really well. For James Hook to score 22 points by himself is phenomenal but to still be on the losing side was a testament to how well Gloucester did

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