Rugby Union Champions Cup Round 6 Preview

Munster are through to the last eight of the tournament for a record 16th time and a win over Racing 92 at Thomond Park will guarantee them a home quarter-final. If Glasgow Warriors (14 points) manage to put one over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, they will book their ticket to the quarter-finals as a best runner-up for the first time. However, a losing bonus point for the Scots could possibly be enough depending on how results pan out elsewhere. 

Pool 2
Wasps (17 points) will be favourites to win at Zebre and secure their place in the knockout stage, but the clash of Toulouse (14 points) and Connacht (18 points) at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday promises to be a Round 6 classic. A victory for Connacht and it’s straightforward, the Irish province will be in the quarter-finals for the first time, but a win for Toulouse, and the calculators will be out in force. Keep in mind that if it comes to a match points head-to-head between the two clubs, Connacht have four points from their Round 1 success and Toulouse have one point. 

Pool 3
Saracens are also through and a win over RC Toulon at Allianz Park will secure a home quarter-final for the holders for the second season in a row. But if Toulon manage to hit their best form and snatch an away victory, they will reach the business end of the tournament for the sixth time in seven seasons. 

Pool 4
Free-scoring Leinster might be on a roll, but they won’t find it easy at Castres where a fifth success of the campaign would guarantee that coveted home quarter-final. Both Montpellier (11 points), who are at home against Northampton Saints, and Castres (10 points) are still in the running for a best runner-up spot depending on results elsewhere. 

Pool 5
Clermont are in pole position here and despite Exeter Chiefs’ best intentions at fortress Stade Marcel-Michelin on Saturday, they are looking good for a home quarter-final and possibly a No 1 seeding as well. However, both Exeter (11 points) and Bordeaux-Bégles (10 points), who travel to Ulster, remain in contention for a best runner-up spot.

Pool Tables

Pool 1
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Q Munster Rugby 5 4 0 1 138 54 84 15 3 3 1 20
2 Glasgow Warriors 5 3 0 2 117 86 31 12 10 1 1 14
3 Leicester Tigers 5 2 0 3 61 147 -86 3 17 0 0 8
4 Racing 92 5 1 0 4 79 108 -29 11 11 1 0 5
Pool 2
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Connacht Rugby 5 4 0 1 178 99 79 25 12 2 0 18
2 Wasps 5 3 1 1 169 85 84 22 10 2 1 17
3 Toulouse 5 2 1 2 145 81 64 19 9 2 2 14
4 Zebre Rugby 5 0 0 5 63 290 -227 8 43 0 0 0
Pool 3
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 q Saracens 5 4 1 0 171 84 87 19 6 2 0 20
2 RC Toulon 5 3 0 2 117 90 27 12 9 2 1 15
3 Scarlets 5 2 1 2 118 129 -11 9 13 0 0 10
4 Sale Sharks 5 0 0 5 41 144 -103 5 17 0 0 0
Pool 4
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Q Leinster Rugby 5 4 0 1 203 63 140 28 7 4 1 21
2 Montpellier 5 2 0 3 94 132 -38 11 13 1 2 11
3 Castres Olympique 5 2 0 3 120 123 -3 12 17 1 1 10
4 Northampton Saints 5 2 0 3 74 173 -99 8 22 1 0 9
Pool 5
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Q ASM Clermont Auvergne 5 4 0 1 163 105 58 20 14 4 1 21
2 Exeter Chiefs 5 2 0 3 84 98 -14 9 10 1 2 11
3 Bordeaux-Bègles 5 2 0 3 92 98 -6 9 10 1 1 10
4 Ulster Rugby 5 2 0 3 109 147 -38 13 17 1 0 9

 

 

Round 6 fixtures

 

Date Time* Pool Home Away Venue Referee
20/01/2017 20:45 4 Castres Olympique Leinster Rugby Stade Pierre Antoine Greg Garner (Eng)
20/01/2017 20:45 4 Montpellier Northampton Saints Altrad Stadium John Lacey (Ire)
21/01/2017 13:00 5 Ulster Rugby Bordeaux-Bègles Kingspan Stadium Matthew Carley (Eng)
21/01/2017 14:00 5 ASM Clermont Auvergne Exeter Chiefs Stade Marcel-Michelin Andrew Brace (Ire)
21/01/2017 15:15 3 Sale Sharks Scarlets AJ Bell Stadium Pascal Gauzere (Fra)
21/01/2017 15:15 3 Saracens RC Toulon Allianz Park Nigel Owens (Wal)
21/01/2017 17:30 1 Leicester Tigers Glasgow Warriors Welford Road Mathieu Raynal (Fra)
21/01/2017 17:30 1 Munster Rugby Racing 92 Thomond Park Marius Mitrea (Ita)
22/01/2017 16:15 2 Toulouse Connacht Rugby Stade Ernest Wallon Wayne Barnes (Eng)
22/01/2017 16:15 2 Zebre Rugby Wasps Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi David Wilkinson (Ire)