Saints go to Saracens in Champions Cup quarter-finals

Saints will go to Saracens in the Champions Cup quarter-finals after a dramatic Sunday secured their place in the last eight.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 24th January 2016, 5:48 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th January 2016, 5:59 pm
Saints beat Scarlets on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Saints beat Scarlets on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wins for Exeter, against Ospreys, and Bordeaux-Begles, who stunned Clermont Auvergne, saw Jim Mallinder’s men qualify as the eighth-ranked side.

And that means they will have to travel to Saracens, who were the top seeds after winning all six of their pool games.

Allianz Park is not big enough to host a quarter-final, but there are suggestions that Saracens may look to install extra seats to meet the requirements.

If that does not happen, Sarries will have to switch the game, which will be played on the weekend of April 8-10, to Wembley or another suitable venue.

The winners of that match will then face either Wasps or Exeter in the semi-finals, guaranteeing that there will be an English side in this season’s Lyon final.

Leicester Tigers host Stade Francais in the quarter-finals, with Racing 92’s match at home to reigning champions Toulon completing the last-eight line-up.

Saints sealed their place thanks to Saturday’s bonus-point 22-10 success at Scarlets, with Harry Mallinder, George Pisi, Sam Dickinson and George North all on the scoresheet.

Mallinder’s men finished as runners up to Racing 92 in Pool 3.

Champions Cup quarter-final line-up (all to be played on the weekend of April 8-10)

QF1 - Saracens v Saints

QF2 - Wasps v Exeter

QF3 - Leicester v Stade Francais

QF4 - Racing-92 v Toulon

Semi-finals (April 22-24)

Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Winner QF3 v Winner QF4