Select a team
- London Irish
- London Welsh
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Cardiff Blues
- Clermont Auvergne
- Racing Metro
- Stade Francais
- La Rochelle
|Home team||Away Team|
||17 - 29||
- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 12th Jan 2014
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
- Att: 8,347
Heineken Cup Pool 1: George North targets five points against Castres
- Competition suits Gopperth
- O'Shea ready for Clermont
- Tigers ready for Italian job
- Tait praises Tigers' courage
- Townsend targets Toulon
- McCall: It's do or die time
- Belief is the key
- Lam rues missed bonus
- Davies: indiscipline costly
- Toulouse v Saracens: Teams
- Edinburgh v Perpignan: Teams
- Exeter v Glasgow: Teams
- Castres v Leinster: Teams
- Warriors dethrone Chiefs
- Munster hold off Gloucester
- Defiant win for Edinburgh
- Last-gasp maximum for Toulon
George North insists that Northampton will go "flat out" in their pursuit of an unlikely Heineken Cup quarter-final place.
The Saints need a bonus point victory over Franklin's Gardens visitors Castres next Friday night, and have to hope that Pool One leaders Leinster collect nothing in Dublin against Ospreys.
Northampton could still progress as one of two best runners-up if they topple Castres, but that is an improbable scenario, given the remaining fixtures in other groups.
Wales wing North scored a superb 70-metre breakaway try as Saints saw off the Ospreys 29-17 in Swansea, yet Leinster's away win against Castres on Sunday quickly brought them back down to earth.
"From our point of view, we've got one game left and we are going to go flat out and try to get five points," North said.
"It has been a tough group for us to get back into after a couple of early losses, and it is now win or nothing for us against Castres. We've still got a chance of making it, and we will go hard until the end.
"The first-half was quite frustrating today. It was quite a slow game, and we needed to bump the pace up to how we wanted to play. I had a bit of space and time for the try, so it was happy days."
Northampton rugby director Jim Mallinder paid tribute to North's game-breaking ability, with the Welshman being followed over Ospreys' line by fellow try-scorers George Pisi and Glenn Dickson.
"It was a quality try by George," said Mallinder. "He is really settling in to the way we want to play. People say he had a slow start with us, but he did some brilliant things early on in the season.
"He's a quality player. I know he is young, but he is determined to improve and work hard at his game, which is what he's doing. He is playing for a good club, he's playing for Wales, and he is happy."
Reflecting on the result, Mallinder added: "We are playing quite well at the moment, but tinged with a little bit of disappointment that we didn't go on and get the fourth try and a bonus point.
"The quality of the Heineken Cup is there are six tough pool games, and you have got to be accurate in all six.
"If you look at Leinster, to win at Castres, Ospreys and Franklin's Gardens, they've deserved to do well in the group. We need that consistency in our performances."
Mallinder, meanwhile, allayed any early injury fears surrounding Saints' England flanker Tom Wood, who went off 10 minutes from time.
"I think he has just got a knock to his knee," Mallinder said. "I don't think we are too concerned. He is icing it up."
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy was left to reflect on a frustrating Heineken campaign for his team, although he refused to blame Welsh rugby's ongoing volatile political climate as a factor behind their pool stage elimination.
"It is not a great situation. It doesn't get resolved, it is always getting put back, but it is a side issue, it is not an excuse for us," Tandy said.
"When we go back over the Heineken campaign, we know in this tournament that if you don't take your opportunities then there are massive shifts in games.
"The endeavour and effort was there right across the board. There is a lot of good in our game, but just little pointers where we take our foot off the gas.
"We looked half-decent at times when we had the ball, but in these environments and these games if you switch off for a second, it's curtains."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|15:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com