Jake White’s Montpellier bounced back from their comprehensive loss away from home to Glasgow Warriors last week by beating fellow French team Toulouse in their final European Rugby Champions Pool 4 match on Sunday. Montpellier won a closely contested match by the narrowest of margins with a final score of 27 / 26 in their favour.
This victory for Montpellier meant that Saracens qualified for the last eight of the Cup in spite of losing their last Pool 1 match against pool winners Clermont Auvergne. The score in that match Clermont Auvergne 18 / 6 Saracens.
The 5 pool winners along with the 3 best second placed team advanced and Saracens made it through as the last qualifying with the lowest amount of points from their 6 matches (17). Had Toulouse won they would have qualified as Pool 4 winners along with Bath who won their Pool 4 match against Glasgow Warriors. Toulouse also ended the pool stage on 17 points but Saracens got through via a superior points difference, +14 versus Toulouse’s +2.
The quarter finals will be contested between 1 team from Ireland, 3 from France and 4 from England with the English teams all due to play their games away from home. This is the first time since 1998 that 4 English teams have made it to the quarter finals of Europe’s elite club competition. The quarter finals are to be played on the weekend of the 3 to 5 April 2015.
European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final Fixtures
- Racing Metro vs Saracens
- Toulon vs Wasps
- Clermont Auvergne vs Northampton
- Leinster vs Bath