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Simon Zebo and Munster went down fighting in Northampton. Ben Brady/INPHO
European Rugby round-up

Munster knocked out of Champions Cup, but Ulster and Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarters

Munster lost 24-14 in Northampton, while Ulster and Connacht were 40-17 and 40-30 winners on the road.


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Northampton Saints 24-14 Munster

MUNSTER’S CHAMPIONS CUP campaign is over for another season after they were beaten 24-14 by Premiership leaders Northampton Saints on Sunday afternoon.

Tries from Sean O’Brien and Mike Haley had Munster level at 14-14 as the game entered the last 20 minutes, before a double from Northampton sub George Hendy saw the Saints through to the quarter-finals.

Montpellier 17-40 Ulster

ULSTER PRODUCED A brilliant second-half comeback on the road in Montpellier to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Trailing 17-7 at the break, Richie Murphy’s side ran in 33 unanswered points to set up a trip to Clermont Auvergne in the last eight.

Pau 30-40 Connacht

BUNDEE AKI CROWNED his 34th birthday with a try and a Man of the Match display as Connacht came from behind to oust Pau and set up a Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Benetton in Treviso next Sunday.

It continues Connacht’s remarkable record in France with Pau now the 14th club they have won at, and they will now fancy their chances against a Benetton side who pipped them last weekend with a late try.

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- Updated 8pm with short Connacht report

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