Toulouse turned on the style in the second half against Sale to ensure a home tie in the quarter- finals with a 19-13 victory over the Sharks. The scores were tied at 6-6 at the break as fly-half Charlie Hodgson knocked over two penalties for the hosts, with opposite number Jean-Baptiste Elissalde kicking two drop goals for the visitors.
But hooker Virgile Lacombe went over for Guy Noves' side with Elissalde adding the conversion and two penalties, while Mathew Tait scored a converted try for Sale. Toulose will now host fellow French side Stade Francais in the last eight of the Heineken Cup. Biarritz clinched a home tie against the Ospreys following a second-half demolition of Glasgow Warriors, with coach Jack Isaac praising the patience of his side after securing the vital bonus point in the final minute.
"We left it pretty late to get that bonus point but it was credit to the players. You can't force these things, but they stuck to their guns and had confidence in their ability to get the last try," he said. "We were very ordinary in the first half, we lacked ball control and made poor choices. We changed things at half-time by tightening things up and the boys took that on board, especially up front."
The Scottish side led 20-11 early in the second-half after tries from Thom Evans and Chris Cusiter. Biarritz rallied with 30 unanswered points, clinching a bonus point 50 seconds from the final whistle in a 41-20 win which guaranteed home advantage in the last eight. Eduard Coetzee and Takudzwa Ngwenya crossed before Ilikena Bolakoro forced a penalty try to wrap up maximum points and inflict a fourth defeat on Glasgow.
In the other quarter-finals, Munster will host Northampton and Clermont Auvergne will travel to Leinster. Bryan Redpath, the Gloucester head coach, relished the prospect of a European quarter-final against Wasps after his team's bonus-point victory over Newport Gwent Dragons. The English side gained the consolation prize of a place in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals after ending their Heineken Cup Pool Two campaign with a 32-23 win at Rodney Parade.
They now drop down into the second-tier tournament where they will be joined by five group winners of that competition and two other Heineken Cup sides. "It was a big match for us. A quarter-final gives us something to look forward to," said Redpath. "We haven't had a great record away from home, and we were aware of that. We got the four tries that we needed." The Fijian flanker Akapusi Qera was Gloucester's star performer, scoring a hat-trick of tries before the bonus point was sealed through a 74th-minute penalty try.
Cardiff Blues' Heineken Cup dream may be over for another season but an emphatic 45-20 victory at Harlequins means they at least remain in European competition with an Amlin Challenge Cup tie at Newcastle Falcons. Full-back Ben Blair contributed 20 points with a try, a penalty and six conversions. * With agencies