As the dust settles on another pulsating weekend of fast and furious action, no club is yet assured of a home Heineken Cup quarter-final going into Round 6 of Europe’s premier club rugby tournament.

While Ulster Rugby, reigning champions Toulon, Toulouse, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Munster Rugby and Leicester Tigers are all guaranteed coveted places in the last eight, the battle is now on for both the remaining two quarter-final spots and to determine which of the four clubs will have home advantage next April.

As many as 18 Heineken Cup clubs are still in contention for European silverware as the journey to Cardiff for the 2014 finals gains further momentum. Not alone are Heineken Cup quarter-final places on the line, the third, fourth and fifth best pool runners-up will book quarter-final slots in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

And so, it’s all to play for this weekend when Connacht travel to play Saracens at Allianz Park (Sat, 1:35pm).

For the first time in the province’s European Cup history, Connacht are going into round 6 with a place in either the Heineken Cup quarter finals or Amlin Challenge Cup quarter finals up for grabs.

In the same pool 3, Toulouse are through to the Heineken Cup knockout stage for the 15th time in their history and will be in pursuit of a home quarter-final when they take on Zebre in Parma.

Saracens are very much in the mix and a will be motivated by the fact that a win over Connacht will ensure their qualification. But Connacht, who caused the upset of the tournament with the 16 – 14 win in Toulouse, can still qualify for either the Heineken Cup or the Amlin Challenge Cup last eight with a victory at Allianz Park.

The semi-final draws for both the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup will take place on Sunday at Thomond Park following the completion of the Round 6 matches.

Points to note

•             18 clubs remain in contention for European silverware going into Round 6 of the Heineken Cup with quarter-final places up for grabs both in Europe’s premier club rugby tournament and in the Amlin Challenge Cup

•             Six clubs (Ulster, Toulon, Toulouse, Clermont, Munster and Leicester Tigers) are through to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, but no club is yet assured of a home quarter-final going into Round 6

•             233 tries have been scored in the five rounds at an average of just under four a game, while a total of 2, 410 points have been accumulated at an average of 40 per game

 

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