Munster's victory and Gloucester's loss means everything rests on the pair's meeting at 4pm on Saturday, January 18, at Thomond Park. Munster centre Mike Mullins was over the line in only the third minute, and despite a fifth-minute penalty goal from home fullback Casper Steyn, things went rapidly downhill for Viadana. New Zealand-born centre Jason Holland scored after 15 minutes, and backrower Alan Quinlan went in for the first of his two tries after 25 minutes. The pain would have been worse for Viadana if British Lion Ronan O'Gara hadn't missed all three conversions. Hooker Frank Sheahan and Quinlan scored in the leadup to halftime, with O'Gara converting both to give his side a 29-3 lead at the break. Winger John Kelly took that out to 36-3 before the Viadana faithful were rewarded with a try. Scrum-half Paul Roux scampered over and Steyn's conversion took the home side into double figures. Roux's try was merely a speedbump for the men from Munster, and Anthony Foley, Holland and Sheahan took the visitors' try tally up to nine, with O'Gara adding conversions to take his side past the 50-point mark for the second time in eight days. The 2,000 fans at the ground
A second half fightback by Ulster had Biarritz hanging on desperately in this key Heineken Cup Pool 6 game before the Frenchmen scraped home 25-20.
Trailing 3-15 at halftime Ulster mounted a gritty response and were given a fillip when full-back Bryn Cunningham joined the attack to pierce the Biarritz defence and race over. All action flanker Andy Ward grabbed a second try and scrum-half Neil Doak kept the scoreboard ticking over with two conversions and a penalty to add to his first half effort. But Biarritz kept their noses in front with a try from full-back Jean-Emmanuel Cassin converted by Dimitri Yachvili who also booted a penalty.
They led 25-13 at one stage by a game Ulster side kept their defence at full stretch as they searched for more points. Biarritz looked to have the game done and dusted at halftime with tries from centre John Isaac and lock David Couzinet and a conversion and penalty from Yachvili. Ulster could only manage a penalty from Doak but their second half show bore little resemblance to the way they shouldered their responsibility afterwards to their travelling fans.