Road to the play-offs

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00
With two rounds of Heineken Cup action left before the teams for the knock-out stages of the tournament are confirmed we thought we would take a look at the road to the play-offs.

With two rounds of Heineken Cup action left before the teams for the knock-out stages of the tournament are confirmed we thought we would take a look at the road to the play-offs.

Since the 2003/04 season and the introduction of bonus points no club has qualified for the quarterfinals as pool winner on less than 17 points or as best runner up on less than 19.

The format of the two best Heineken Cup runners-up qualifying for the quarterfinals as the seventh and eighth ranked clubs has been in operation since the 1999/00 season - with bonus points coming into the equation in the 2003/04 season.

Since then, no team has qualified as a best runner up with less than 19 points although in 2003/04, Celtic Warriors, and in 2006/07, the Ospreys, both discovered that even 20 points was not sufficient to make the knock-out stages.

Since those changes came into effect no club has qualified as a pool winner on less than four wins or with less than 17 points.

Similarly, since bonus points were introduced, no club has qualified as one of the best runners-up on less than four wins or with less than 19 points.

The maximum points and wins attainable by each club on current standings are:

Pool 1
Munster - 26 points/6 wins
Scarlets - 21 points/4 wins
Northampton Saints - 18 points/3 wins
Castres Olympique - 16 points/3 wins

Remaining fixtures:
Scarlets v Northampton Saints
Munster v Castres
Castres v Scarlets
Northampton Saints v Munster

Pool 2
Edinburgh - 23 points/5 wins
Cardiff Blues - 23 points/5 wins
London Irish - 18 points/3 wins
Racing Metro 92 - 17 points/3 wins

Remaining fixtures:
Racing Metro v Edinburgh
London Irish v Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues v Racing Metro
Edinburgh v London Irish

Pool 3
Leinster - 26 points/5 wins (+ 1 draw)
Glasgow Warriors - 20 points/4 wins (+ 1 draw)
Bath - 16 points/3 wins
Montpellier - 16 points/2 wins (+ 2 draws)

Remaining fixtures:
Montpellier v Bath
Glasgow v Leinster
Bath v Glasgow
Leinster v Montpellier

Pool 4
Ulster - 24 points/5 wins
Leicester Tigers - 22 points/5 wins
ASM Clermont Auvergne - 21 points/4 wins
Aironi - 10 points/2 wins

Remaining fixtures:
Ulster v Leicester
Aironi  v Clermont
Clermont v Ulster
Leicester v Aironi

Pool 5
Saracens - 24 points/5 wins
Biarritz Olympique - 22 points/4 wins
Ospreys - 18 points/3 wins (+ 1 draw)
Benetton Treviso - 16 points/3 wins (+ 1 draw)

Remaining fixtures:
Ospreys v Treviso
Saracens v Biarritz
Treviso v Saracens
Biarritz v Ospreys

Pool 6
Toulouse - 23 points/5 wins
Harlequins - 22 points/5 wins
Gloucester - 19 points/4 wins
Connacht - 12 points/2 wins

Remaining fixtures:
Toulouse v Connacht
Harlequins v Gloucester
Connacht v Harlequins
Gloucester v Toulouse

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Edinburgh
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 2 2 0 0 10
Wasps 2 1 0 1 5
Ulster 2 1 0 1 4
Harlequins 2 0 0 2 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 2 2 0 0 10
Clermont Auvergne 2 2 0 0 9
Ospreys 2 0 0 2 3
Northampton Saints 2 0 0 2 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 2 2 0 0 10
Exeter Chiefs 2 2 0 0 8
Montpellier 2 0 0 2 3
Glasgow Warriors 2 0 0 2 0
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leicester Tigers 2 1 0 1 6
Munster 2 1 1 0 6
Racing Metro 2 1 0 1 5
Castres 2 0 1 1 3
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Bath 2 2 0 0 8
Toulon 2 2 0 0 8
Scarlets 2 0 0 2 2
Treviso 2 0 0 2 1
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