Home Rugby Permutations: Will Leinster/Munster Have Home Semi-Finals If They Progress?

Permutations: Will Leinster/Munster Have Home Semi-Finals If They Progress?

Leinster and Munster are through to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup, as they look ahead to the Spring with optimism. Saracens and Toulon travel to Dublin and Limerick respectively, as the two Irish provinces will be filled with confidence that they can reach the semi-finals once again.

While all the emphasis this weekend was on home quarter-finals, the permutations for the semi-finals’ venues are trickier again.

Right now, we know it’s Leinster/Saracens vs Scarlets/La Rochelle, and Racing 92/Clermont vs Munster/Toulon.

The EPCR have issued the details for the semi-finals this evening.

Semi-final 1
If Leinster Rugby (ranked No 1) and Scarlets (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Leinster will have home country advantage
If Leinster Rugby (ranked No 1) and La Rochelle (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, La Rochelle will have home country advantage
If Saracens (ranked No 8) and Scarlets (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Saracens will have home country advantage
If Saracens (ranked No 8) and La Rochelle (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, La Rochelle will have home country advantage

Semi-final 2
If Munster Rugby (ranked No 3) and ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked No 2) win their quarter-finals, Clermont will have home country advantage
If Munster Rugby (ranked No 3) and Racing 92 (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, Racing 92 will have home country advantage
If RC Toulon (ranked No 6) and ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked No 2) win their quarter-finals, RC Toulon will have home country advantage
If RC Toulon (ranked No 6) and Racing 92 (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, RC Toulon will have home country advantage

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All in all, these sides will concentrate on the task at hand rather than worrying about any potential semi-final venue.

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