Heineken Cup 2012-2013: Final Group Stage Review

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Heineken Cup 2012-2013: Final Group Stage Review
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The group stage's final round may not have had the excitement and great rugby of recent years, but there was no shortage of shocks.

The weather dictated that sides chasing tries had to contend with an extra defender, as the bitter cold made free-flowing rugby nigh on impossible.

In many ways it was a passing of the torch as two greats of Europe passed the baton to the new generation, though a couple of big-name sides limped into the knockout stages.

We now have an idea of how the knockout stages will play out, as eight sides battle it out for the right to play for European Rugby's biggest prize on May 18th in Dublin.

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