Connacht Set for Challenge Cup Quarter-Final With Sale

Connacht will travel to Sale Sharks in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Connacht saw off Sale 20-18 in the Sportsgrounds last weekend, before securing their place in the quarter-finals with a one point win over Bordeaux Begels.

If Connacht can overcome Sale once more, than they will face a semi-final against La Rochelle or Bristol Bears.

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The qualifiers for the 2018/19 Challenge Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage 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 quarter-final matches to be played on 29/30/31 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

The semi-final line up is as follows;

Semi-Final 1 – winner of QF 1: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints will play the winner of QF 2: Worcester Warriors v Harlequins

Semi-Final 2 – winner of QF 3: Sale Sharks v Connacht Rugby will play the winner of QF 4: La Rochelle v Bristol Bears

The following clubs will have home venue advantage in their respective semi-final matches:

Semi-Final 1

If ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked No 1) and Worcester Warriors (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Clermont will have home venue advantage.

If ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked No 1) and Harlequins (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, Clermont will have home venue advantage.

If Worcester Warriors (ranked No 4) and Northampton Saints (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Worcester will have home venue advantage.

If Harlequins (ranked No 5) and Northampton Saints (ranked No 8) win their quarter-finals, Harlequins will have home venue advantage.

Semi-Final 2

If La Rochelle (ranked No 2) and Sale Sharks (ranked No 3) win their quarter-finals, La Rochelle will have home venue advantage.

If Sale Sharks (ranked No 3) and Bristol Bears (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, Sale will have home venue advantage.

If La Rochelle (ranked No 2) and Connacht Rugby (ranked No 6) win their quarter-finals, La Rochelle will have home venue advantage.

If Connacht Rugby (ranked No 6) and Bristol Bears (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, Connacht will have home venue advantage.