Impressive Saracens first-ranked for Championship Cup quarters

Impressive Saracens first-ranked for Championship Cup quarters

Saracens, with an impressive 38-19 win over Glasgow Wanderers in Round 6 of the European Champions Cup, ensured top spot in the quarter-final rankings following the final two matches in the pool round on Sunday.

Saracens were a different team to the one that lost to Sale Sharks after an unconvincing display in the recent Premiership match.

The North London side, with 28 out of a possible 30 log points in their six pool matches, finished above last year’s two finalists, runners-up Racing 92 and defending champions Leinster, in the 2018/19 quarter-finals rankings respectively.

Racing 92 accounted for Scarlets 46-33 on Saturday, and Leinster were simply too good for Wasps on Sunday, winning 37-10 after leading 20-0 at the break. This was the biggest win of the last round.

The last pool round was generally closely contested, with five of the ten matches won by three points or less.

The weekend’s Round 6 results ‒

Friday
Edinburgh 19 Montpellier 10
Newcastle Falcons 27 Toulon 24

Saturday
Saracens 38 Glasgow Warriors 19
Cardiff Blues 33 Lyon 14
Leicester Tigers 13 Ulster 14
Racing 46 Scarlets 33
Castres 24 Gloucester 22
Munster 9 Exeter Chiefs 7

Sunday
Wasps 10 Leinster 37
Toulouse 20 Bath 17

Quarter-finalists ‒

The qualifiers for the 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage are as follows ‒

1 Saracens (winner Pool 3 – 28 log points)
2 Racing 92 (winner Pool 4 – 26 points)
3 Leinster Rugby (winner Pool 1 – 25 points)
4 Edinburgh Rugby (winner Pool 5 – 23 points)
5 Munster Rugby (winner Pool 2 – 21 points)
6 Ulster Rugby (best pool runner-up – 22 points)
7 Toulouse (second best pool runner-up – 21 points)
8 Glasgow Warriors (third best pool runner-up – 19 points)

The quarter-final matches to be played on the weekend of 29-31 March include two derbies, with Leinster and Ulster playing at the Aviva Stadium and Racing 92 facing up to Toulouse in the Paris La Défense Arena

QF 1: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors, Allianz Park
QF 2: Edinburgh Rugby v Munster Rugby, Murrayfield
QF 3: Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Aviva Stadium
QF 4: Racing 92 v Toulouse, Paris La Défense Arena

In the European Challenge Cup, Clermont finished with a full-house of 30 log points ‒ six bonus-point wins from six matches.

Five of the eight quarter-finalists play in the Premiership.

The quarter-finals ranking are as follows ‒

1 ASM Clermont Auvergne (winner Pool 1 – 30 points)
2 La Rochelle (winner Pool 4 – 24 points)
3 Sale Sharks (winner Pool 3 – 22 points)
4 Worcester Warriors (winner Pool 2 – 22 points)
5 Harlequins (winner Pool 5 – 21 points)
6 Connacht Rugby (best pool runner-up – 22 points)
7 Bristol Bears (second best pool runner-up – 21 points)
8 Northampton Saints (third best pool runner-up – 21 points)

The Challenge Cup quarter-final matches to be played on 29-31 March are as follows ‒

QF 1: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints
QF 2: Worcester Warriors v Harlequins
QF 3: Sale Sharks v Connacht Rugby
QF 4: La Rochelle v Bristol Bears