Glasgow to face Harlequins in last 16 of Champions Cup

Edinburgh to face Bayonne at home in knock-out stage of Challenge Cup

Glasgow Warriors will face Harlequins in the last 16 of the Champions Cup. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Glasgow Warriors will face Harlequins in the last 16 of the Champions Cup. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS will face Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop in London on the weekend of Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April in the last 16 of the Champions Cup. 

Franco Smith‘s side qualified for the knock-out stage of the tournament as 12th seeds – with a record of two wins (over Bayonne away and Toulon at home) and two defeats (to Northampton Saints at home and Exeter Chiefs away) in their pool matches – while Harlequins are fifth seeds having won three and lost one of their pool stage matches.

If they manage rot beat Harlequins, they will face either Bordeaux or Saracens in the quarter-finals, on the weekend of 12th to 14th April.


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Meanwhile, Edinburgh will play Bayonne at home in the last 16 of the second tier Challenge Cup on the same weekend, and if they win that match they will play either the Sharks or Zebre away in the quarter-finals of that competition.

According to the tournament rules, the pool winners in the Champions Cup have been ranked one to four, the second-placed clubs are ranked fifth to eighth, the third-placed clubs have been ranked ninth to 12th, and the fourth-placed clubs are ranked 13th to 16th.

The fifth-placed clubs in each pool – Connacht, Ulster, Bayonne, and Sale Sharks – dropped into the Challenge Cup, which was seeded along similar lines to the Champions Cup.

 

INVESTEC CHAMPIONS CUP DRAW

  • Round of 16 – 5/6/7 AprilR16 1: Stade Toulousain (1) v Racing 92 (16)
    • R16 2: Leinster Rugby (2) v Leicester Tigers (15)
    • R16 3: Northampton Saints (3) v Munster Rugby (14)
    • R16 4: Union Bordeaux-Bègles (4) v Saracens (13)
    • R16 5: Harlequins (5) v Glasgow Warriors (12)
    • R16 6: Vodacom Bulls (6) v Lyon (11)
    • R16 7: DHL Stormers (7) v St Rochelais (10)
    • R16 8: Exeter Chiefs (8) v Bath Rugby (9)
    • NB The clubs ranked numbers 1 to 8 will have home venue advantage
  • Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 AprilQF 1: Winner R16 1 v Winner R16 8
    • QF 2: Winner R16 2 v Winner R16 7
    • QF 3: Winner R16 3 v Winner R16 6
    • QF 4: Winner R16 4 v Winner R16 5
    • NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage
  • Semi-finals – 3/4/5 MaySF 1: Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4
    • SF 2: Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3
    • NB The matches will be played in Europe and where relevant the highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home country advantage
  • 2024 Investec Champions Cup final – Saturday 25 May; Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (14.45)

 

EPCR CHALLENGE CUP

  • Round of 16 – 5/6/7 AprilR16 1: Hollywoodbets Sharks (1) v Zebre Parma (16)
    • R16 2: Gloucester Rugby (2) v Castres Olympique (15)
    • R16 3: Benetton Rugby (3) v Emirates Lions (14)
    • R16 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne (4) v Toyota Cheetahs (13)
    • R16 5: Montpellier Hérault Rugby (5) v Ulster Rugby (12)
    • R16 6: Section Paloise (6) v Connacht Rugby (11)
    • R16 7: Ospreys (7) v Sale Sharks (10)
    • R16 8: Edinburgh Rugby (8) v Aviron Bayonnais (9)
    • NB The clubs ranked numbers 1 to 8 will have home venue advantage.
  • Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 AprilQF 1: winner R16 1 v winner R16 8
    • QF 2: winner R16 2 v winner R16 7
    • QF 3: winner R16 3 v winner R16 6
    • QF 4: winner R16 4 v winner R16 5
    • NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage.
  • Semi-finals – 3/4/5 MaySF 1: winner QF 1 v winner QF 4
    • SF 2: winner QF 2 v winner QF 3
    • NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage.
  • 2024 EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday, 24 May; Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (20.00)

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6 Comments

  1. Definitely a team Glasgow can have some confidence of beating if we have a full strength squad. I watched their game against Ulster who were dreadful and gave them 3 tries with terrible errors. They do play with a lot of pace and adventure so will be a great game.

    Regards the Edinburgh schedule I do agree that it is absolutely ridiculous and Im not sure how they best play it. They will just have finished the 6 Nations for the 2 URC games and I fear they will not have all their internationals for that trip so may go well under strength and probably take a hiding from a fresh Stormers and Sharks team. Perhaps the internationalists will then come back for Zebra and then travel 2nd trip to SA. Either way its really tough with the SA sides in both competitions now. Although to be fair to them they have managed to have 3 sides with home Euro fixtures.

  2. Agree I’ do not think we could have a better draw, than Quin’s. Two teams who play , lets hope we can field a full strength team. Some of the other draws are raising eye brows , Leinster v Leicester and Northampton v Munster they all played each other this weekend. Could they have not arranged the draw so that French teams only played URC and Premiership teams and so on like the pool stages. We have 5 French teams 6 Premiership teams and 5 URC teams not beyond the wit of man to arrange it.

  3. Best possible draw for Glasgow, other than Exeter – who they really should have beaten and then got a home tie. Whatever, looking forward to it.

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  4. If Edinburgh beat Bayonne and Sharks beat Zebre then Edinburgh will be going out to South Africa for two URC matches, then coming back to play Bayonne and then flying back out to South Africa again for one match. I’m not one of those who thinks the South African teams shouldn’t be in the URC or the European cups but that itinerary seems ridiculous.

    (In the unlikely event both get through, I think Edinburgh play Zebre at home as the higher seeds)

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  5. Hoping the Glasgow squad make it through the six nations without any more significant injuries. A full strength Glasgow will give Harlequins a game, especially if Harlequins underestimate them.

    I would fancy Bordeaux to win the other match at home and be favourite for the 1/4 final to follow.

  6. Quite Fancy Glasgow to beat Harlequins… certainly one of the easier match-ups.

    Seems a lot of the knock-outs are teams that have played each other already?

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