Champions Cup knock-outs confirmed

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:43
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NEWS: The European Champions Cup quarterfinalists have been confirmed following the conclusion of the Poll stage on Sunday.

Defending champions Saracens, Munster, Glasgow, Toulon, Leinster and Clermont secured their spots in the last eight on Saturday while Wasps' 41-27 victory over Zebre on Sunday ensured them Pool Two's top spot.

Toulouse ensured their passage into the knockout stage when they edged Connacht 19-10 to finish second in Pool Two and a place in the last-eight as a best runner-up.

Champions Cup qualifiers and rank:

1 Clermont (winner Pool Five - 26 points)
2 Munster (winner Pool One - 24 points)
3 Saracens (winner Pool Three - 24 points)
4 Leinster (winner Pool Four - 23 points)
5 Wasps (winner Pool Two - 22 points)
6 Glasgow Warriors (best pool runner-up - 19 points)
7 Toulouse (second best pool runner-up - 18 points)
8 Toulon (third best pool runner-up - 16 points)

Champions Cup quarterfinals:
(matches to be played on March 31 and April 1-2)

Clermont v Toulon
Leinster v Wasps
Saracens v Glasgow Warriors
Munster v Toulouse

The semi-final pairings to be played on April 21/22/23:

Semi-final 1: Clermont/Toulon v Leinster/Wasps

Semi-final 2: Saracens/Glasgow Warriors v Munster/Toulouse

The format for the semi-final matches in the Champions Cup recognises performances by clubs during the pool stage as well as the achievement of winning a quarterfinal match away from home.

The semi-final matches will be played at venues designated by EPCR, and the following clubs will have home advantage in their respective matches:

Semi-final One
If Clermont (ranked one) and Leinster (ranked four) win their quarter-finals, Clermont will have home advantage.
If Clermont (ranked one) and Wasps (ranked five) win their quarter-finals, Wasps will have home advantage.
If Toulon (ranked eight) and Leinster (ranked four) win their quarter-finals, Toulon will have home advantage.
If Toulon (ranked eight) and Wasps (ranked five) win their quarter-finals, Wasps will have home advantage.

Semi-final Two
If Saracens (ranked three) and Munster (ranked two) win their quarter-finals, Munster will have home advantage.
If Saracens (ranked three) and Toulouse (ranked seven) win their quarter-finals, Toulouse will have home advantage.
If Glasgow Warriors (ranked six) and Munster (ranked seven) win their quarter-finals, Glasgow will have home advantage.
If Glasgow Warriors (ranked six) and Toulouse (ranked seven) win their quarter-finals, Glasgow will have home advantage.

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Team P W D L Pts
Munster 6 5 0 1 24
Glasgow Warriors 6 4 0 2 19
Leicester Tigers 6 2 0 4 8
Racing Metro 6 1 0 5 5
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 6 4 1 1 22
Toulouse 6 3 2 1 18
Connacht 6 4 0 2 18
Zebre 6 0 0 6 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 6 5 1 0 24
Toulon 6 3 0 3 16
Scarlets 6 2 1 3 11
Sale Sharks 6 1 0 5 4
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 6 4 1 1 23
Montpellier 6 3 0 3 16
Castres 6 2 1 3 12
Northampton Saints 6 2 0 4 9
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 0 1 26
Bordeaux 6 3 0 3 14
Exeter Chiefs 6 2 0 4 12
Ulster 6 2 0 4 10