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European Cup | Stade Marcel-Michelin
15:15 (GMT) | 17-12-2017
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The ball lost forward by the away team and the referee blows for FULL TIME
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Scrum reset
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The ball lost forward by the hosts at the half way and Saracens have a scrum
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The reset kick cleared and Saracens surge forward to the 10 of the hosts
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Spedding takes the kick and puts it right through the middle from over 50 meters
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Scrum to the hosts at the half way. They win a penalty from the scrum and look towards the posts for a final 3 points perhaps
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Clermont make quick work of the away team in the scrum but Saracens just manage to scoop the ball out the back. The visitors run to the home team 10 but the referee halts play
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The ball lost forward by the hosts at the half way and Saracens have a scrum
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Penalty to the hosts after the reset and they kick into touch around the half way
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Parra steps up for a kick at goal outside the 5. He takes his kick and levels the score
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A long pass after the scrum is picked up by Spedding and Saracens give away another penalty. Clermont looking for the advantage but the referee halts play
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Another scrum to the hosts at the 5
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Clermont throwing bodies at the try line as they move the ball along the 5
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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The hosts opt for a scrum at the 5 of the away team
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Clermont move forward after the restart kick and are determined to regain the lead with the territorial advantaged gained from the kick. Figallo gets himself sent to the naughty corner with a sloppy tackle
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Farrell sends it wide
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They move it along the 5 and Lozowski gets it outside the but turns on the pace then slips passed two to score a second Saracens TRY
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Saracens have it after the penalty and they rush to the 5 but the hosts track back equally fast
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After much deliberation with the TMO the referee awards Abendanon a yellow card for an earlier infringement.
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Farrell steps up to take the kick and puts on 3 points
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The visitors win a penalty outside the 22
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Saracens win a penalty but fail to kick into touch and the ball is sent back for a line-out to the visitors at the half way
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Clermont having a bit of trouble leaving their half as they move it around scrappily
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Penalty to the hosts after the kick off. Scrum to the hosts around their 22
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He puts it over to tally up his team's score to 18. Every point received from penalty kicks
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The home team shove Saracens back in the scrum and Parra steps up for a kick at goal
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Scrum to the hosts outside the 5 of the away team
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Saracens defending desperately now and the ball is lost forward, giving the away side some time to catch their breath
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Clermont with relentless attacking as they enter the 22
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The reset kick is taken down by the hosts and they march their way out of their half into the 10 of the visitors
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Parra steps up for a kick at goal to put his team ahead for the first time. He does. 3 points
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Farrell concedes a penalty and the home team have a penalty
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Clermont kick into touch at the 22 of the visitors and move it to the opposite wing then up again
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Penalty to the hosts after a high tackle on Parra by Wray. The referee says penalty only
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The ball tackled into touch by the away team and they have a throw at their 22
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Spencer with another break and rushes towards the posts but is brought down inside the 5. The ball is lost forward and the referee says scrum to the hosts. Both teams participating in a kicking contest after a penalty to the home team. The ball goes into touch for a kick to Saracens
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Farrell gets the second half started with a deep kick

Half Time

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Penalty to the hosts after a decent scrum with Skelton absent from the Saracens pack. Spedding sets up for a kick at goal and makes the gap 1 point as we head into HALF TIME
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Scrum to the hosts at the away team 10
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Penalty to Saracens and the ball is kicked into touch. The visitors get rolled in their maul and then lose it forward
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Clermont make some ground with the maul and the hosts burst forward, reaching the 10 of the away team
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Line-out to the hosts at their 5 after Farrell pops one through
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Saracens in possession now, moving it around nicely as they enter the 22
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The kick is taken and sent wide
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Saracens win a penalty after an offside and look towards the goal posts
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Parra sets up for a kick at goal following the card. Parra puts on another 3 points
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Skelton gets himself sent to the bin for a high tackle
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Clermont turnover and build from the away team 10
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Penalty to the visitors from the scrum. They kick into touch at the home team 10 and look for a maul
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Scrum to the visitors
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The ball lost forward after a clearance by the away team
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The hosts have it after the penalty and they make it into the 22 with some aggression
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Saracens kick it forward along the ground. Clermont move it around quickly and send it wide to Penaud who kicks it forward for himself but the ball is knocked into touch
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The hosts have it outside the 5. The ball is intercepted by Koch but he doesn't have the pace to break away. The away team do make it to the 5 off the back of the interception
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Clermont kick into touch around the mid field
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Saracens take their reset kick and move forward with menace. They lose it as they reach the 5
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Parra takes his third kick at goal and adds 3 more points
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Saracens discipline starting to erode as they give away another penalty outside their 22
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Scrum reset
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The ball lost forward after a lob into the air. Scrum for the hosts at the home team 22
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He takes the kick and puts some points on the board for his team
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Penalty to the hosts outside the 22 and Parra sets up for a second attempt at the sticks
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The ball is kicked forward with advantage. The shot into nothing almost turns into a try but it bounces into touch as Raka contests the ball with the backline
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Clermont in possession trying desperately to make some ground towards the Saracens 22 but the away team showing an impenetrable defence so far
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He takes it and puts it well wide
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Parra sets up for a kick at goal
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Clermont win a penalty after some tussling around the mid field
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Farrell secures the extras
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Spencer takes it out the ruck and sells a dummy at a bargain price then goes through the middle for a wonderful solo effort and puts it down in between the sticks. TRY
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The hosts clear after a throw and the visitors look to build from outside the 22
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Saracens not allowing the hosts any territory, opting to clear when they have possession at their 10
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He takes his kick and doubles the lead
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He reviews the play and decides for a kick against the hosts. Farrell lines up another shot at goal from the mid field
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The ball being kicked back and forth after the restart. Saracens boot in into touch but the referee halts play for another penalty
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Farrell takes his kick and gets the first points on match day. 3 points
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Saracens win themselves a penalty as they move towards the 22 of the home team
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Penalty to the hosts in the opening minutes and the ball is kicked into touch. Clermont lose it in the throw and the ball is cleared
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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Clermont have won their two previous home games against Saracens, with both wins coming by double digit margins
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When it comes head-to-head, the French side have the upper hand. Thus far, ASM Clermont Auvergne have won six of the nine meetings between the clubs, including a 46-14 victory in Round Three – Saracens heaviest European defeat
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Welcome to Stade Marcel-Michelin, where Clermont host the European Champions Cup title holders Saracens in Round four.
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  • 14 Nick Abendanon
  • 13 Peter Betham
  • 12 Remi Lamerat
  • 11 Remy Grosso
  • 10 Luke McAlister
  • 9 Morgan Parra
  • 8 Fritz Lee
  • 7 Alexandre Lapandry
  • 6 Damien Chouly
  • 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 4 Flip van der Merwe
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 2 Benjamin Kayser
  • 1 Etienne Falgoux
  • 23 Viktor Kolelishvil
  • 22 Scott Spedding
  • 21 Charly Trussardi
  • 20 Arthur Iturria
  • 19 Paul Jedrasiak
  • 18 Davit Zirakashvili
  • 17 Raphael Chaume
  • 16 Yohan Beheregaray
  • 15 Alex Goode
  • 14 Liam Williams
  • 13 Marcelo Bosch
  • 12 Brad Barritt
  • 11 Chris Wyles
  • 10 Owen Farrell
  • 9 Richard Wigglesworth
  • 8 Schalk Burger
  • 7 Calum Clark
  • 6 Maro Itoje
  • 5 George Kruis
  • 4 Nick Isiekwe
  • 3 Vincent Koch
  • 2 Jamie George
  • 1 Mako Vunipola
  • 23 Sean Maitland
  • 22 Alex Lozowski
  • 21 Ben Spencer
  • 20 Sione Vailanu
  • 19 Will Skelton
  • 18 Juan Figallo
  • 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer
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PREVIEW: Champions Cup, Round Four

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:29

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: After a tough weekend last time out in the European Champions Cup, Harlequins are the first of the Premiership sides looking to turn the tables in Round Four.

John Kingston’s side headline a packed Friday schedule across both the Champions and Challenge Cups as the second set of the back-to-back fixtures get underway.

Quins were downed in the snow at the Stoop by Ulster last Saturday, but get their immediate chance for revenge at the Kingspan.

There are few tougher trips than to Belfast under the Friday night lights, and Kingston has already conceded that his side are out of contention for the knockout stages in a competitive Pool One.

Ahead of the match, the Harlequins Director of Rugby said: "We were extremely disappointed to lose to Ulster at home last Sunday; ending our chances of qualification into the quarterfinals of the competition.

"That said, we are really looking forward to the match on Friday night and will be demanding a positive performance ahead of our return to the Premiership."

Quins will be without some of their international contingent, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care are suffering from head injuries while Joe Marler also picked up a knock.

Mike Brown and Tim Visser are on the bench but the likes of Marcus Smith and Jamie Roberts start in the back line and Kyle Sinckler – who scored a try against Ulster on Saturday – and skipper Dave Ward up front all start.

We take a look at all the Round Four action!

Friday, December 15:

Pool One:

Ulster v Harlequins
(Kingspan Stadium, Belfast - Kick-off: 19.45; 19.45 GMT)

The clubs have met four times previously, each winning two apiece. However, Ulster's two victories have come in their most recent with Harlequins including last weekend. Ulster have scored 19 points in each of their last two home games against Premiership opposition, enough for a one-point win over Exeter and a 10 point win against Wasps. Quins have won just twice on eight previous trips to Ireland, beating Ulster in 1996/97 and Connacht in Round Two of the 2012/13 season. The last time Ulster won a Round Three game away from home they then went on to lose the reverse fixture at home in Round Four (2012/13 v Northampton Saints).


Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Iain Henderson (captain), 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O'Connor, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Callum Black.
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Ross Kane, 19 Matty Rea, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Andrew Trimble.

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Dave Ward (captain) 6 Archie White, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Elia Elia, 1 Lewis Boyce. 
Replacements: 16 Charlie Piper, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Mat Luamanu, 20 Dino Lamb, 21 James Lang, 22 Tim Visser, 23 Mike Brown.

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: Ludovic Cayre (France), Cédric Clave (France)
TMO: Éric Briquet-Campin (France)

Saturday, December 16:

Pool Three:

Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors
(Altrad Stadium, Montpellier - Kick-off: 14.00; 13.00 UK Time; 13.00 GMT)

Glasgow have lost just one of the five previous meetings between the clubs (won three, drew one). However, that defeat was at Scotstoun in Round Three. This will be the third time Montpellier have hosted the Warriors, but they are yet to beat them at Altrad Stadium (drew one, lost one). Having won just once on their first 14 visits to France. Glasgow have now won twice on their last four excursions, including a 23-14 win over Racing 92 in their last such fixture. Glasgow are enduring their worst start to a Champions Cup campaign since losing their opening five pool games in 2012/13.


Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Gabriel N'gandebe, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Kelian Galletier, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 4 Nicholaas Van Rensburg, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Romain Ruffenach, 1 Grégory Fichten.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Mikheil Nariashvili, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Julien Delannoy, 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 21 Enzo Sanga, 22 Henry Immelman, 23 Timoci Nagusa.

Glasgow: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Ali Price, 8 Samu Vunisa, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Kiran McDonald, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jamie Bhatti.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Simon McConnell (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

Pool Five:

Benetton v Scarlets
(Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 14.00; 13.00 UK Time; 13.00 GMT)

Scarlets have won four of the previous five meetings between the clubs, scoring over 30 points in each of those four victories. Benetton are unbeaten in their last three games when they have hosted Welsh opposition, all of these games coming against Ospreys. However, Scarlets have lost their last 10 away games in the Champions Cup, but they have picked up losing bonus points in their last two such fixtures. The Welsh region are aiming to win successive games for the first time since the opening two rounds of the 2011/12 season.


Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Braam Steyn, 6 Seb Negri Da Oleggio, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.
Replacements: 16 Tomas Baravalle, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Nacho Brex.

Scarlets: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Paul Asquith, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Will Boyde, 7 James Davies, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 John Barclay, 20 Joshua Macleod, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 Steff Hughes.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Richard Kerr (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

Pool Three:

Leinster v Exeter Chiefs:
(Aviva Stadium, Dublin - Kick-off: 15.15; 15.15 GMT)

Last weekend, Leinster became the first side to win at Sandy Park since Bordeaux-Bègles in Round Three last season (including Premiership matches). There were just 15 points scored when the clubs last met in Dublin, only once before have Leinster played out a lower scoring game at home (9-3 v Bordeaux in 1998/99). Exeter are still searching for their first Champions Cup win in Ireland, they did however beat Connacht in the Challenge Cup in January 2015. The 2004/05 season was the last time Leinster won their opening four pool games.


Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Sean O'Brien, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 James Ryan, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Exeter: 15 Lachlan Turner, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Nic White, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Don Armand, 5 Sam Skinner, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Tom Francis, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Tom Waldrom, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Sam Hill, 23 James Short.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Mathieu Noirot (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

Pool 4:

Racing 92 v Castres
(Stade Yves-Du-Manoir, Colombes - Kick-off: 16.15; 15.15 GMT)

This will be just the second meeting between the clubs in Europe, with Castres winning the first encounter in Round Three by 16-13. Racing have won all three previous matches when hosting Top 14 opposition in the Champions Cup. Similarly, Castres have lost both of their previous two away games against French opposition, losing to Perpignan in December 2006 and Montpellier 10 years later in December 2016. Since reaching the 2016 final Racing have won just twice (lost seven) and scored an average of 15 points per match.


Racing 92: 15 Juan Imhoff, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavke, 11 Virimi Vakatawa; 10 Rémi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Leone Nakarawa, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Edwin Maka, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Boris Palu, 20 Wenceslas Lauret, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Antoine Gibert, 23 Joe Rokocoko.

Castres: 15 Julien Caminati, 14 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 Kylian Jaminet, 10 Yohan Le Bourhis, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Steve Mafi, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Tudor Stroe.
Replacements: 16 Kevin Firmin, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Eric Sione, 19 Alexandre Bias, 20 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 21 Yohan Domenech, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Thomas Combezou.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

Pool Five:

Bath v Toulon
(The Recreation Ground, Bath - Kick-off: 17.30; 17.30 GMT; 18.30 France time)

Toulon have won all three matches between the clubs. However, the margin of victory has been between three and five points on each occasion. Bath have won just twice on the last seven occasions they have hosted a Top 14 side, the last team to visit being Toulon in 2015/16 (lost 14-19). Despite averaging just 14 points and only once scoring 20+ points, Toulon have still won five of eight games against Premiership opposition in England. They have both scored and conceded 114 points across those eight fixtures. Toulon have won three from three to date, but those wins have all come by fewer than five points.


Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Aled Brew, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Paul Grant, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano.
Replacements: 16 Michael Van Vuuren, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Levi Douglas, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Kahn Fotuali'i, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jack Wilson.

Toulon: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Chris Ashton, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Marcel Van Der Merwe, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Florian Fresia.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Laurent Delboulbès, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Raphael Lakafia, 20 JP Pietersen, 21 Swan Rebbadj, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Juandre Kruger.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies (Wales), Gwyn Morris (Wales)
TMO: Neil Hennessy (Wales)

Sunday, December 17:

Pool One:

Wasps v La Rochelle
(Ricoh Arena, Coventry - Kick-off: 13.00; 13.00 GMT; 14.00 France Time)

This will be the second meeting between the clubs after La Rochelle defeated Wasps 49-29 in Round Three. This was Wasps' heaviest defeat since Round Two v  Leinster (41-11) in 2008/09. La Rochelle won their first Champions Cup game in England against Harlequins in Round One. Previously, they had won just one of eight Challenge Cup games on English soil. Wasps drew their last game in France (v Toulouse). Wasps have lost twice already this season, and the last time they lost three pool games in the same campaign was in the 2005/06 season.


Wasps: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Juan De Jongh, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Haskell, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Marty Moore, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Kyle Eastmond, 23 Gaby Lovobalavu.

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Alexi Bales, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Afa Amosa, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Dany Priso.
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Gregory Lamboley, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Jean-Victor Goillot, 22 Brock James, 23 Pierre Boudehent.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell (Ireland), Jonathan Peak (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Pool Two:

Ospreys v Northampton Saints
(Liberty Stadium, Swansea - Kick-off: 15.15; 15.15 GMT)

Ospreys' win in Round Three ended a run of four consecutive defeats against Northampton. Each of the previous five meetings between the clubs has been decided by margins of more than 10 points. Northampton have lost their last five away games, conceding an average of 36 points and scoring an average of just 13. Ospreys have won just one of their last five home games when hosting Premiership opposition. However, that was their last such game (v Exeter in Round One, 2015/16). Ospreys are aiming to win successive matches in the same season for the first time since a run of three victories in 2009/10 (Rounds Two, Three and Four).


Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Ben John, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Jeff Hassler; 10 Sam Davies, 9 Thomas Habberfield, 8 Olly Cracknell 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Paul James, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Ashley Beck.

Northampton: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Stephenson, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Tom Wood, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 David Ribbans, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Mikey Haywood, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Campese Ma'afu, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Luther Burrell, 23 Ken Pisi.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Manuel Bottino (Italy), Matteo Liperini (Italy)
TMO: Stefano Pennè (Italy)

Pool Two:

Clermont v Saracens
(Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand - Kick-off: 16.15; 15.15 UK Time; 15.15 GMT)

ASM Clermont Auvergne have won six of the nine meetings between the clubs, including a 46-14 victory in Round Three – Saracens heaviest European defeat. Clermont have won their two previous home games against Saracens, with both wins coming by double digit margins. In fact, the Top 14 champions have won their last 12 home games against Premiership opposition. Sale Sharks in 2008/09 were the last English club to win at Marcel-Michelin. Alivereti Raka ran in a hat-trick at Allianz Park, the first time a Clermont player has scored three tries in a match since Round Five in 2011/12 when Julien Malzieu and Sitiveni Sivivatu both crossed three times against Aironi.


Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Isaiah Toeava, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Peceli Yato, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Flip Van Der Merwe, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Viktor Kolelishvili, 21 Charly Trussardi, 22 Peter Betham, 23 Nick Abendanon.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Alex Lozowski, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Jackson Wray 7 Calum Clark, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 George Kruis, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Nathan Earle.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Pool Four:

Leicester v Munster
(Welford Road, Leicester - Kick-off: 17.30; 17.30 GMT)

Each of the last four meetings between the clubs has been won by the home side on the day with Munster's last victory at Welford Road coming in Round One, 2006/07. Tigers have lost just two of their last 36 home games, those defeats coming at the hands of Glasgow and Ulster. Munster have gone three games unbeaten on the road, they've not got on a longer such run since a run of five wins between December 2005 and January 2007. Only once in Munster's last 13 games have they conceded 20+ points (10-26 defeat to Saracens in last season's semifinal).


Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sione Kalamafoni 7 Mike Williams, 6 Tino Mapapalangi, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Nick Malouf.

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Sam Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander 7 Chris Cloete, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Kevin O'Byrne, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Brian Scott, 18 John Ryan, 19 Darren O'Shea, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Keith Earls.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Mathieu Noirot (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

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