20 Jan 2008
Three of the European Cup quarter-finals will be hosted by English clubs.
Neil de Kock’s Saracens will meet the Neath-Swansea Ospreys, while Percy Montgomery and Perpignan face a trip to London Irish. Gloucester, who are top of the English Premiership, will take on 2006 champions Munster.
The fourth quarter-final sees the Cardiff Blues, who beat Bristol 17-0 on Sunday, play three-times champions Toulouse in France. The Blues would have had a home quarter-final if they’d scored four tries in their last pool fixture.
Several top clubs have failed to reach the play-offs. Defending champions Wasps were knocked out after their 19-3 defeat to Munster on Saturday, while French giants Biarritz, Clermont Auvergne and Stade Francais also bowed out early.
The quarter-finals will be played on the weekend of 4-6 April.