Edinburgh Rugby will be hoping to defeat two Irish provinces in successive weeks, after beating 2018 European Champions Cup winners Leinster Rugby 28-11 in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night, with their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster Rugby now just five days away.
The Pool 5 winners scored four three tries against the depleted Irish side, with prop WP Nel, hooker Ross Ford and No.8 Viliame Mata – who has been nominated for EPCR European Player of the Year – touching down.
Fly-half Jaco van der Walt – who landed the most penalty goals in the pool stages with 15 – also chipped in with two conversions.
Munster finalised their quarter-final preparations with a 31-12 bonus-point victory over Zebre Rugby at Thomond Park, keeping them second behind Glasgow Warriors in Guinness PRO14 Conference A.
Edinburgh host Munster at BT Murrayfield next Saturday, with the action getting under way at 12:45 GMT. You can watch live-free to-air coverage of the game on Channel 4 and Virgin Media, as well as BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) March 23, 2019
Leinster next entertain Ulster Rugby, who warmed up for Saturday’s all-Irish quarter-final at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium by defeating Southern Kings 33-19 on Saturday to remain second in PRO14’s Conference B. You can watch the quarter-final from 17:45 BST, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
Meanwhile, lock Will Skelton notched two second-half tries as Saracens fought back from 17-6 down to defeat Challenge Cup quarter-finalists Harlequins 27-20 at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Flanker Schalk Burger also dotted down in the victory and will be hoping to feature when the two-time champions entertain Glasgow in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final next Saturday at Allianz Park. You can watch the game live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS from 15:15 GMT.
Glasgow also finished their competitive preparations for the quarter-final with a victory, running in five tries as they defeated South African side Cheetahs 35-17, maintaining top spot in PRO14’s Conference A as a result.
Elsewhere, both Racing 92 and Toulouse rounded off their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final preparations with TOP 14 victories over Bordeaux-Bègles and La Rochelle respectively on Sunday.
— Racing 92 (@racing92) March 24, 2019
The Parisians scored six tries as they eased to a 45-27 home success, with scrum-half Maxime Machenaud kicking 13 points, while Toulouse battled past Challenge Cup quarter-finalists La Rochelle in a 23-19 away win, with full-back Thomas Ramos also kicking 13 points.
Racing and Toulouse clash in the final Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final next Sunday in Paris. You can watch the tie from 15:15 BST, live on BT Sport, beIN SPORTS and FR2.