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European Champions Cup Qualifying Picture Explained

On Friday morning, we predicted that things would be a lot clearer on Monday as far as qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup is concerned. How wrong we were. There are still places in the last eight up for grabs before the competition breaks for the Six Nations.

Despite not harbouring realistic hopes of reaching the next round, Munster put in an inspired display against a fancied Stade Francais side on Saturday, and this damaged the Parisians’ hopes of progression. For the record, Munster can technically still advance, but a lot of things need to go their way next weekend.

Elsewhere, Saracens continued to beat a path through the season by having too much for Ulster in the second half, Bath were effectively eliminated at the hands of Leinster, and the Ospreys’ win over Clermont shook things up.

As it stands, Saracens, Racing Metro, and Leicester are through to the last eight, but the rest all need wins next weekend to get there.

Here are the top 12 ranked sides as it stands.

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Image credit to BT Sport 

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The Champions Cup pool stages still have one round to go, and it is more exciting than ever. At present, it is borderline impossible to predict who will still be standing this time next week, but that’s not going to stop us trying.

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