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European Rugby Champions CupSaracens, Northampton, Exeter, Wasps and Leicester have joined 3 French teams in the European Rugby Champions Cup last 8.

Premiership title holders Sarries will host Saints, and Wasps will welcome Exeter to the Ricoh Arena.

Leicester face Stade Francais at home, having already played them twice in the pool stages, and Racing 92 will play reigning European champions Toulon.

It is the 1st time there is no Pro12 representation in the last 8 of the competition.

Sarries, Leicester and Racing 92 guaranteed themselves a home tie in the quarterfinals last weekend, while Wasps joined them after winning Pool 5 on Saturday, with 3-time defending champions and Toulon joining them as one of the best runners-up.

Stade Francais were confirmed as 1 of the 3 best runners-up after they beat the Tigers with a bonus point on Sunday, but the other 2 places went down to the wire.

Northampton’s win over Scarlets on Saturday was enough to see them through as runners-up in Pool 3, and Exeter came through as winners of Pool 2 on points difference after beating Ospreys.

Clermont Auvergne, last year’s losing finalists, would have taken Exeter’s place in the quarters had they kicked a late penalty which would have secured a vital losing bonus point against Bordeaux-Begles.

The quarterfinal games will be played on the weekend of 8 – 10 April.

The winners of the Northampton Saints vs Saracens match will meet Wasps or Exeter in the semis, ensuring that at least 1 English team will reach the final in Lyon on 14 May.

 

Quarterfinals:

  • Saracens vs Northampton Saints
  • Wasps vs Exeter Chiefs
  • Racing Metro 92 vs Toulon
  • Leicester Tigers vs Stade Français

 

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One Response to European Rugby Champions Cup: 5 English and 3 French Clubs in Quarterfinals

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    What were Clermont thinking they were behind with the score 28/37 against Bordeaux with time almost up and they got a very kickable penalty, think it was pretty much straight in front and not far out, but they decided to tap and go and the move broke down, if they had gone for and slotted the penalty they would have got a losing bonus point. Not sure they were aware of what has happening in the other game in their pool at the same time and so were probably trying to go for the win but even with a converted try they would have still been 2 points behind and doubt there was enough time to get the win.


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