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Harlequins, Toulon, Clermont Qualify for Heineken Cup Quarters

January 12, 2013

Harlequins, Toulon and Clermont Auvergne maintained their perfect records after five matches to qualify for the Heineken Cup rugby quarterfinals.

Harlequins routed Connact 48-7 in Pool 3, Toulon beat Cardiff Blues 45-25 to qualify from Pool 6 and Clermont won Pool 5 with a 46-3 win over Exeter. The six pool winners and two best second-place teams after six games advance to the knockout rounds of Europe’s elite club competition.

Defending champion Leinster beat the Scarlets 33-14 to stay alive in Pool 5, Saracens beat Racing Metro 37-28 to lead Pool 1 and Biarretz remained second in Pool 3 with a 32-6 win over Zebre.

Ultser, last season’s runner-up, became the first team to reach the quarterfinals by beating Glasgow 23-6 last night in Pool 4.

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