7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Northampton 17 Biarritz 14
Northampton coach Wayne Smith saluted his team's courageous fight -back following their 17-14 victory over French Champions Biarritz.
He said: "The character of the players was great. Our injuries were such that we didn't have a loose forward on the bench.
"If we had lost, then we would have gone out, but we are still in all three competitions and are looking forward to next week' showdown with Ulster."
Perpignan 23 Munster 8
Munster coach Alan Gaffney was disappointed after his side were defeated in France. "We didn't play the way we wanted to in the second half.
"We said at the break that the wind wouldn't win the game for us, that we had to build the phases and be patient.
"But we rushed and panicked and did things we don't normally to. A lot of pressure was applied by Perpignan and we didn't react to it all that well. It was the worst 40 minutes of the season."
Llanelli 37 Bourgoin 22
Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins praised Scott Quinnell after his superb performance.
He said: "He still has the ambition to perform at club level and has a good few years left at this level.
"His try was outstanding and I don't have to speculate on why I pick him.
"He doesn't have to show me anything he has been doing it for 15 years. He still has the ambition to perform at club level and has a good few years to perform at this level.
Bourgoin coach Philippe Saint-Andre added his views to the big Provincial debate which is dividing Welsh rugby: "They (Llanelli) have showed a lot of character in the Heineken Cup over the last seven years.
"Last year they were unlucky against Leicester, but rugby is not just a game no, it is a business and about money.
"I don't know all the problems in Welsh rugby, bit if it is about what is the best for Welsh rugby to go forward, why not?
"In France, we have too many teams in our league and would like to have 12 or 14 teams, but any decision will be made for the best of the business."
Gloucester 64 Viadana 16
Gloucester coach Nigel Melville: "I know today was easy but (with Perpignan) there are three good sides and it's been very tough - very physical. They are a very dangerous, particularly at home.
And Viadana assistant coach Jerome Paarwater said of Gloucester: "They are definitely the best team in the group and I think they can go all the way and win the Heineken Cup.
Toulouse 70 Newport 18
Newport coach Leigh Jones was upbeat despite his side's heavy defeat to "They are a fine side and we were never in the game once they away in the first half.
"It has not been the most successful of competitions for us this season but once again, we had many injuries and that is always difficult.
"We kept going to the end and all credit to them for that, but we cannot make any excuses, this was a heavy defeat and we will have to look closely at it."
Cardiff 33 Ulster 21
Cardiff captain Martyn Williams after his side's 33-21 defeat at the Arms Park.
He said: "We gave ourselves too much to do after the first 20 minutes.
"You can't give a side of that quality such a start. We had a good period in the second half and we did well when we kept the ball, but I felt the mistakes we made when we were coming back into the game cost us dearly.
"All credit to David Humpreys - he controlled the game superbly in the last 10 minutes, especially when they were a man down."
Montferrand 22 Bristol 30
"We made some mistakes in the first half but the important thing is that we stuck at it. I think that the players have learnt from the Swansea defeat and I was proud of everyone's second half performance.
"It gives me great pleasure to win a game like this although, in the end, it might not count for too much," said the Bristol coach Peter Thorburn.
Sale 45 Glasgow 3
Sale finally broke their Heineken Cup duck and coach Jim Mallinder said: "We would love to have started our Heineken campaign with a win like that but we didn't and were bitterly disappointed with our performances in the competition.
"Some people even suggested that we didn't care about anything but the Zurich Premiership, which is completely untrue. It was just a case that until this win we had not performed in this competition. It's as simple as that.
Leinster Lions 48 Swansea 19
Leinster coach Matt Williams said after his side put eight tries past Swansea:
"It was a great win. Tries are going to be so important in this competition and we're absolutely delighted."
Edinburgh 32 London Irish 22
Edinburgh captain Todd Blackadder said: "We never gave up, even though they led for long spells in the match.
"Some people may have written us off when they went 25-13 up but we didn't stop believing in ourselves.
"I thought some of the rugby we played was brilliant at times and I don't think anyone could deny we deserved our reward.
"The atmosphere was pretty electric at the end and the crowd were a big help when they got behind us."
Amatori & Calvisano 22 Leicester 40
Leicester coach Dean Richards praised his young scrum-half and two-try hero Ellis after the match.
"We're very pleased to come here and win," Richards said.
"We always knew it was going to be tricky, particularly following Calvisano's second-half comeback against Neath in December.
"Although Ben Kay got the man-of the-match award, I felt that Harry Ellis was outstanding. He's a very physical scrum-half who's young and enthusiastic and he caused them a lot of problems."
Richards said Ellis' enthusiasm might have been behind the 20-year-old's second-half yellow card.
"I didn't see the yellow card and I'm still not clear what it was for," he said.
"We were obviously concerned that they scored three tries and we'll be reviewing the tape over the week, which could have an influence on next week's selection," Richards warned.
"Their three tries against two from us in the second-half showed that they're a dangerous side.
"I thought they came back very strongly but we were always mindful that that could happen. You've got to take your hat to them - they never gave up and a couple of their scores were very good indeed.
"I think we've now qualified for a quarter-final place but next week's game is critical if we are to get a home draw.
"Overall I'm very pleased to come here and get a result. There are no easy games in the Heineken Cup."