With Ireland and Scotland clashing in their Rugby World Cup opener in Japan on Sunday, we take a look at some of the best matches between their domestic sides in European competition.
1997: Glasgow 30 Ulster Rugby 15
Glasgow secured a quarter-final play–off spot with this convincing success over Ulster, becoming the first Scottish side to reach the knockout stages of the European Cup.
Ulster fly-half Stuart Laing kept the visitors in the match throughout with five penalty kicks, but the Irish province failed to create enough try-scoring chances to threaten the home side at Scotstoun.
Glasgow were first awarded a penalty try, before scrum-half Fraser Stott and fly-half Tommy Hayes grabbed tries before the interval to create what turned out to be an unassailable lead.
2012: Ulster Rugby 22 Edinburgh Rugby 19
Ulster had to dig deep to clinch their place in the European Cup final, after a determined Edinburgh side pushed them all the way at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar kicked the first of five penalties to put Ulster ahead, but Edinburgh No.9 Greig Laidlaw hit back with interest to give Edinburgh a 6-3 lead.
Flanker Pedrie Wannenburg then restored Ulster’s lead with the first try of the match as Edinburgh failed to convert any of their try-scoring chances before the interval.
Two more simple penalty kicks from Laidlaw cut Ulster’s lead, but nine further points from the boot of Pienaar sealed their victory despite full-back Jim Thompson’s consolation try.
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Keith Earls crosses again! 😮
Superhuman skills to put Munster ahead late on! 🙌👏 pic.twitter.com/Moz3F084kU
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) March 30, 2019
2019: Edinburgh Rugby 13 Munster Rugby 17
Munster Rugby sealed a 14th European Cup semi-final by defeating Edinburgh in a thrilling Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at BT Murrayfield in front of a record last–eight crowd in the UK.
Two tries from 31-year-old Ireland wing Keith Earls proved to be the difference between the two sides in a clash that made for compulsive viewing for the neutral in the Scottish capital.
Centre Chris Dean grabbed a first–half try for the Scottish team, but they fell agonisingly short, despite a further eight points from the boot of fly-half Jaco van der Walt.
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