Exeter Chiefs’ quest for the knockout stages headlines televised Champions Cup action
It’s crunch time in Europe this weekend as the last round of pool action will see the eight Champions Cup and eight Challenge Cup quarter-finalists decided, making for a mouth-watering slate of action on your television screens.
Of all the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides, Exeter Chiefs look best-placed to secure a spot in the Champions Cup knock-out stages and their must-win trip to Scotstoun to take on Glasgow Warriors headlines BT Sport’s 48 hours of potentially scintillating rugby.
A bonus-point victory is the order of the day for the Chiefs and you can watch all the action on BT Sport 3 from 12.30pm on Saturday, with the match kicking off at 1pm.
All hope is not lost for Saracens in their quest for a third successive European title either and later that afternoon – once again on BT Sport 3 – they will look to do the business against Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Northampton Saints.
There’s nothing quite like an all-English affair in Europe and the match at Allianz Park kicks off at 3.15pm, with coverage getting underway 15 minutes earlier.
Mark McCall’s men need to win with a bonus point and then hope other results go their way in order to qualify, but having conceded 50-plus points to the Wolfpack twice already this season, Saints will be desperate for revenge.
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You should really keep your television tuned into BT Sport 3 for the whole of Saturday, as the day rounds off with Bath Rugby travelling to Treviso in Pool 5 – the programme starting at 5.15pm with kick-off a quarter of an hour later.
Bath still have a slim chance of qualification for the knockout stage but will need to avoid a stumble in Italy before turning their attention to matters elsewhere across the continent.
Sunday also sees an Aviva Premiership Rugby team in action on BT Sport as Wasps welcome Ulster to the Ricoh Arena in a clash between two sides with plenty of European pedigree – tune in from 3pm on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD.
Sky Sports are also getting in on the European act and they kick off the weekend by showing Gloucester Rugby hosting Pau in the Challenge Cup on Friday night.
Gloucester have already qualified for the last eight but Pau currently top Pool 3, meaning the Cherry & Whites will need to win to overhaul the French outfit – that pool decider can be watched on Sky Sports Action from 7pm, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
And two more Aviva Premiership Rugby outfits will look to end their European campaigns on a high on Sky Sports on Sunday.
In Pool 4, Leicester Tigers welcome Racing 92 to Welford Road on Sky Sports Action from 12.45pm, while Sky Sports Action is also the place to see Harlequins, who produced a stirring comeback to down Wasps last weekend, face La Rochelle in Pool 1 – a 3.15pm kick-off with live coverage beginning 15 minutes earlier.
Catch up with all the action from the entire weekend with the Champions Cup highlights on BT Sport 2 straight after the conclusion of the Wasps match.
Friday 19th January
Gloucester Rugby v Pau, programme starts at 7.00pm, kick-off 7.45pm (Sky Sports Action)
Saturday 20th January
Glasgow Warriors v Exeter Chiefs, programme starts at 12.30pm, kick-off 1pm (BT Sport 3)
Saracens v Northampton Saints, programme starts at 3pm, kick-off 3.15pm (BT Sport 3)
Benetton Rugby v Bath Rugby, programme starts at 5.15pm, kick-off 5.30pm (BT Sport 3)
Sunday 21st January
Leicester Tigers v Racing 92, programme starts at 12.45pm, kick-off 1pm (Sky Sports Action)
Wasps v Ulster, programme starts at 3pm, kick-off 3.15pm (BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD)
La Rochelle v Harlequins, programme starts at 3pm, kick-off 3.15pm (Sky Sports Action)
European Rugby Champions Cup highlights, programme starts at 7.30pm (BT Sport 2)