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European Challenge Cup – Pool Update

European Challenge Cup – Pool Update

Ahead of Round 6 of the European Challenge Cup, the final set of group fixtures, we looked at how each of the Aviva Premiership Rugby teams are getting on and which teams are in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages.

Pool 1

High-flying Newcastle Falcons (23 points) have accomplished the hard part by winning the pool and securing a home quarter-final ahead of Saturday’s contest against Enisei-STM in Tbilisi where the outcome will determine their ranking in the last eight.

A home win for Bordeaux-Bégles (16 points) against the Dragons will earn them a best runner-up spot.

Saturday 10am: Enisei-STM v Newcastle Falcons
Saturday 3pm: Dragons v Bordeaux-Bégles

Pool 2

Cardiff Blues (17 points) have qualified, but even a victory in Lyon is unlikely to translate that into a home quarter-final for the 2010 winners.

To have any chance of grabbing a best runner-up place, Sale Sharks (11 points) will need to win in Toulouse, probably with a bonus point, and hope that results elsewhere go their way.

Saturday 5pm: Lyon v Cardiff Blues
Saturday 5pm: Toulouse v Sale Sharks

Pool 3

It has all come down to Friday evening’s showdown between Gloucester Rugby (21 points) and Pau (24 points) at Kingsholm.

With both clubs already through to the knockout stage, the winner will secure a home quarter-final with the loser almost certain to be ranked number five.

Friday 7.45pm: Gloucester Rugby v Pau
Saturday 2pm: Zebre v Agen

Pool 4

Job done for Edinburgh (24 points) who have booked a home quarter-final.

They will be looking to do the double over Stade Francais Paris (13 points) to improve their ranking in the last eight, but the holders can still qualify as a best runner-up just as they did last season before going on to lift the trophy.

Saturday 1pm: Krasny-Yar v London Irish
Saturday 8pm: Stade Francais Paris v Edinburgh Rugby

Pool 5

Connacht (21 points) are through and a victory over Oyonnax at The Sportsground on Saturday will secure a home quarter-final.

Worcester (15 points) travel to Brive (12 points) where a win will guarantee them a place in the last eight as a best runner-up, but Brive are still very much in the race and even 16 points could see them qualify for the knockout stage for a record 13th time.

Saturday 2.30pm: Connacht v Oyonnax
Saturday 2.30pm: Brive v Worcester Warriors

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