Glasgow humiliate Tigers to qualify, Toulon through despite defeat
Glasgow Warriors marched into the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup for the first time by dismantling Leicester Tigers 43-0 and Toulon also advanced to the last eight despite being beaten by a try from their future employee Chris Ashton.
The Warriors made the trip to Welford Road on Saturday knowing a win would be enough to progress from Pool One as one of the three best runners-up and they humiliated the tame Tigers to break new ground.
Leicester have now lost five matches in a row after they were unable to live with Gregor Townsend's rampant side, who scored six tries to consign the Premiership side to their heaviest European defeat.
Tommy Seymour started the rout when he broke through to touch down and the Pro12 outfit were out of sight by half-time, with a penalty try, a Mark Bennett score, one from captain Jonny Gray and 11 points from the boot of Finn Russell putting them 31-0 at the break.
Further tries from Ryan Wilson and Tim Swinson piled on the agony for feeble Leicester as Glasgow qualified in second place behind Munster at a canter.
Toulon-bound winger Ashton scored the only try of the game against the club he will join at the end of the season as defending champions Saracens beat Toulon 10-3 to seal a home quarter-final and ensure they are the third seeds.
Three-time European champions Toulon also go through from Pool Three despite losing half of their six games, which will be a relief for Josua Tuisova after he kicked the ball out of his own hands as he went to dot down in the corner.
Clermont Auvergne will be Toulon's opponents in the last eight after the Top 14 leaders secured the top seeding by ending Exeter Chiefs' campaign with a 48-26 Pool Five victory, but Wesley Fofana suffered a ruptured Achilles which will keep the France centre out of the Six Nations
Munster will also have home advantage in the quarter-finals and are the second seeds after Simon Zebo, Ronan O'Mahony and Ian Keatley scored tries in a 22-10 triumph over Racing 92 at a raucous Thomond Park.
Bordeaux-Begles are out despite a 26-22 victory at Ulster, while Sale Sharks ended their losing run by edging out Scarlets 25-23.