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Premiership Rugby European semi-final action live on TV

The three Premiership Rugby clubs through to the European knockout stages will be live on TV this Saturday.

Saracens are the first team in semi-final action as they travel to France to play ASM Clermont Auvergne in a bid to reach the European Rugby Champions Cup Final.  The game will be live on BT Sport 1 with coverage from 2.30pm.

Last year, Saracens knocked ASM Clermont Auvergne out at the semi-final stage with a record breaking game at Twickenham. The 46 – 6 victory earnt Sarries semi-final records for the most points scored by a team (46), the largest winning margin (40) and the most tries scored (6).

In this season’s competition, the teams have each scored a victory over each other in the pool stages.

This is Clermont's fourth and Saracens third consecutive semi-final appearance. Clermont have won four of the six meetings between the clubs but Clermont's last two defeats in the competition have both been from Saracens including last year’s semi-final which was the French club's record defeat in Europe.

Clermont’s Nick Abendanon has made more metres (716) than any other player this season. Saracens Alex Goode ranks joint-second for metres (471).

Saturday evening sees two Premiership Rugby clubs battling to get to the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final when Gloucester Rugby play Exeter Rugby at Kingsholm. All of the action will be live on Sky Sports 3 HD with coverage from 7pm.  

The Cherry and Whites are the top seeds in the tournament having won all of their pool games before beating Connacht in the quarter-finals but Chiefs edged to a 25-22 victory when they visited Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on 19 September.

Gloucester have reached the semi-final of the Challenge Cup on two occasions, winning one and losing one. This is Exeter’s first ever European semi-final.

Exeter top the charts so far this season for average metres gained (554), defenders beaten (25) and clean breaks (11).

Gloucester’s Richard Hibbard has made 54 successful throws this season, the most of any player in the competition (54/61 – 89%). While Matt Kvesic has won more turnovers than any other player (13) and has made the most tackles (80/92).

Live on TV

Kick-off times are GMT

Saturday, 18 April

European Rugby Champions Cup

2.30pm (KO 3.15pm), ASM Clermont Auvergne v Saracens – BT Sport 1

European Rugby Challenge Cup

7pm (KO 7.45pm), Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs – Sky Sports 3 HD

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