The dates and kick off times for the Heineken Cup rounds five and six matches have been confirmed.

In round five, Connacht will welcome familiar opponents Zebre to the Sportsground on Saturday 11th January for a 15:40 kick off.

In round six, Connacht travel to Allianz Park to play Saracens on Saturday 18th January, kick off is 13h35.

With places in the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club rugby tournament on the line, as well as qualification for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals, the drama is set to intensify in the New Year following the announcement today of the dates and kick-off times for the Round 5 and 6 fixtures.

With 23 of the 24 matches televised live, games in the same pools in Round 6 will have identical kick-off times.

Qualification for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

The pool winner will be the club with the highest number of match points in each pool. The best-placed runners-up will be the two clubs with the highest number of match points out of the six clubs that finish second in their respective pools. For the quarter-finals, the pool winners will be ranked 1 to 6 and the best-placed runners-up 7 and 8 by reference to the number of match points earned.

If two or more clubs in the same pool are equal on match points, their ranking will be determined by the matches played between the relevant clubs as follows:

  • ┬áthe club with the greater number of match points from those matches; or
  • if equal, the club that scored the most tries in those matches; or
  • if equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches.

If ranking remains unresolved and/or if clubs have not played each other previously in the pool stage, ranking will be determined as follows:

  • the number of tries scored in the pool stage; or
  • if equal, the best aggregate points difference from the pool stage; or
  • if equal, the club with the fewest number of players suspended for incidents in the pool stage; or
  • if equal, by drawing lots.

The third, fourth and fifth ranked pool runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

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