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Saracens in last eight as Champions Cup draw revealed

Saracens in last eight as Champions Cup draw revealed

Saracens are flying the flag for Aviva Premiership Rugby in the Champions Cup after qualifying as third best pool runner-up.

Mark McCall’s defending champions progressed after they beat Northampton Saints on Saturday, before Wasps defeated Ulster at the Ricoh Arena.

The qualifiers for the 2017/18 Champions Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage are as follows:

1 Leinster Rugby (winner Pool 3 – 27 points)
2 ASM Clermont Auvergne (winner Pool 2 – 22 points)
3 Munster Rugby (winner Pool 4 – 21 points)
4 Scarlets (winner Pool 5 – 21 points)
5 La Rochelle (winner Pool 1 – 20 points)
6 RC Toulon (best pool runner-up – 19 points)
7 Racing 92 (second best pool runner-up – 19 points)
8 Saracens (third best pool runner-up – 18 points)

The quarter-final matches to be played on 30/31 March / 1 April are as follows:

QF 1: Leinster Rugby v Saracens
QF 2: Scarlets v La Rochelle
QF 3: Munster Rugby v RC Toulon
QF 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92

NB The exact dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage for the matches will be announced later this week.

Following confirmation of the Champions Cup quarter-final line-up, the semi-final pairings will be as follows:

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: Leinster Rugby v Saracens will play the winner of QF 2: Scarlets v La Rochelle

Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3: Munster Rugby v RC Toulon will play the winner of QF 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92

NB 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 quarter-final match away from home.

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

Semi-final 1
If Leinster Rugby (ranked No 1) and Scarlets (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Leinster will have home country advantage
If Leinster Rugby (ranked No 1) and La Rochelle (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, La Rochelle will have home country advantage
If Saracens (ranked No 8) and Scarlets (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Saracens will have home country advantage
If Saracens (ranked No 8) and La Rochelle (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals,La Rochelle will have home country advantage

Semi-final 2
If Munster Rugby (ranked No 3) and ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked No 2) win their quarter-finals, Clermont will have home country advantage
If Munster Rugby (ranked No 3) and Racing 92 (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, Racing 92 will have home country advantage
If RC Toulon (ranked No 6) and ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked No 2) win their quarter-finals, RC Toulon will have home country advantage
If RC Toulon (ranked No 6) and Racing 92 (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, RC Toulon will have home country advantage

Semi-finals: 21/22 April
2018 Champions Cup final: Saturday, 12 May; San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao (17.45)

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