Heineken Cup semis confirmed
April 11, 2011
Leinster will return to the Aviva Stadium to face Toulouse © IRFU
Leinster and Northampton will have a feeling of déjà vu in the Heineken Cup semi-finals after confirming their respective returns to the Aviva Stadium and stadium:mk.
In a rerun of last season's semi-final, Leinster will face reigning champions Toulouse in Dublin on April 30, with the Saints hosting Perpignan in Milton Keynes on May 1.
Perpignan were the first side to book their place in the last four with a 29-25 victory over Toulon in Barcelona on Saturday, with Leinster following them later that day after a 17-10 triumph against Leicester in Dublin.
Northampton skipper Dylan Hartley has called for his side to keep their momentum going into the semis, having already progressed a stage further in the competition this season than they managed 12 months ago.
"We've got a tough end to the season with the amount of games coming up and we'll have to use our squad," Hartley said.
"We're in a good place at the moment. We've gone a step further than last year and that's a positive, but we can't be happy with that - we have to keep going."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The latest Week in Pictures brings you a selection of the best snaps from around the rugby world with scantily clad ladies, O'Driscoll and snow all featuring
"If I miss the first kick of the match, it shouldn't have any impact on the second. They are different entities." Tom Hamilton talks to Northampton Saints' Stephen Myler
It's time for those running Welsh rugby to stop trying to prevent its players heading to France and to start planning a future without them, writes Martin Williamson
Paul Eddison explains how the French sold English clubs down the river and why their domestic game will go from strength to strength