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The shoot-out where blazing over the bar is a good thing

Major rugby's first shoot-out was followed, almost inevitably, by a tidal wave of complaints about how unfair it all was.

Leicester secured a slot in the final of the Heineken Cup, Europe's premier club competition, after beating Cardiff Blues 7-6 "on penalties" on Sunday.

The teams were level at 26-26 after extra time and had each scored two tries, paving the way for a long-anticipated shoot-out.

Each team took five shots from in front on the posts on the 22-metre line.

The front-line kickers had little problem with such a straightforward test but once it moved on to boys who kick a rugby ball about as often as they celebrate a try by kissing a team mate, it got a bit sticky.