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Tigers win; Quins among losers

Leicester won at Benetton Treviso to keep a Heineken Cup quarter-final spot within their grasp, but Harlequins, Exeter and Gloucester all lost.

Leicester ensured Heineken Cup quarter-final qualification remains in their own hands as they picked up maximum points at Benetton Treviso.

The Aviva Premiership champions were made to work hard for a fourth straight win in Pool 5 but they turned a 13-8 half-time deficit into a 34-19 success at the Stadio di Monigo.

A brace of Miles Benjamin tries were accompanied by an early effort from Julian Salvi and a penalty score, with Owen Williams adding a penalty and David Mele kicking three penalties and a conversion to set up a mouth-watering clash with pool leaders Ulster at Welford Road next week.

Matt Berquist contributed 14 points for Treviso, with prop Lorenzo Cittadini claiming their solitary first-half try.

Sitiveni Sivivatu's late try halted Harlequins' recovery in its tracks as Clermont Auvergne clinched a 16-13 victory at the Stoop.

Clermont fly-half Brock James failed to convert the Kiwi flyer's 72nd-minute score but the Australian landed a late penalty to seal victory for the French giants and end Quins' hopes of reaching the knock-out stages.

Danny Care's moment of magic in the first half had inspired Quins to a 13-3 lead at the break, at that stage sustaining the Londoners' hopes of becoming the first side to lose their first two matches and reach the quarter-finals.

But scores from Napolioni Nalaga, who capitalised on a costly error from England full-back Mike Brown, and Sivivatu sealed Harlequins' fate.

Glasgow Warriors came back from 10-0 down to win at Exeter and climb off the foot of Pool Two.

The Warriors' 15-10 victory completes a treble over the Chiefs having won the home tie 20-16 in October and achieved a 29-26 pre-season friendly at Sandy Park.

It sets up an interesting final pool tie for against Toulon at Scotstoun for the Warriors, who can still pip Cardiff Blues for second place.

Toulon produced a stunning second-half display to beat Cardiff Blues 43-20 and book their place in the quarter-finals.

The reigning European champions led by just two points at half-time but powered their way past the forlorn Blues after the break.

Indiscipline cost the Blues dearly as four yellow cards and three penalty tries, combined with a try for wing David Smith, were enough to hand Toulon the win.

Connacht got the required victory to keep themselves in the hunt for a quarter-final place, as they ran out 20-3 winners over Zebre at the Sportsground.

Matt Healy and Robbie Henshaw scored tries either side of half-time and 20-year-old tournament debutant Jack Carty kicked the rest of the points for Pat Lam's men.

Munster moved into the last eight as Pool Six winners after subduing Gloucester's admirable resistance at a sold-out Kingsholm.

The Irish heavyweights, European champions in 2006 and 2008, prevailed through tries in each half from wing Keith Earls and skipper Peter O'Mahony, while Ian Keatley kicked 10 points.

Gloucester, though, delivered a stirring display and they went down fighting, arguably deserving more than Charlie Sharples' converted try as Munster triumphed 20-7.

Edinburgh preserved their slender hopes of remaining involved in Europe when they posted a 27-16 home win over Perpignan in Pool 6.

However, the absence of a four-try bonus point means that even an Amlin Challenge Cup spot is highly unlikely.

The Scottish outfit had tries from Tom Brown, Cornell Du Preez and Dougie Fife plus a 12-point contribution from skipper Greig Laidlaw, while Maxime Delonca touched down for Perpignan and Wales international James Hook - deployed at full-back on this occasion - landed three penalties and a conversion.