Montpellier, boosted by several quality South Africans, crumbled in the second half to crash out of the Champions Cup. Saracens’s South Africans enjoyed a far happier afternoon, with Schalk Burger and Vincent Koch inspiring Saracens to a 62-14 hammering of Northampton Saints.
Veteran Springbok Burger played the first hour at No 8.
Johan Ackermann’s Gloucester were beaten at home in the Challenge Cup.
Ackermann’s Gloucester, despite the 34-24 defeat against Pau, made the play-offs but they will be away from home in the quarter-finals.
Montpellier, who fielded Springboks Ruan Pienaar, Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn and Bismarck du Plessis led 14-8 at halftime but the competition’s form team won 23-14 to complete an unbeaten six match campaign and qualify for the play-offs as the No 1 team.
Montpellier needed to win to sneak into the final eight and hope that Glasgow beat Exeter.
Glasgow, without a win in five matches, did their bit in edging the in-form English team, but Montpellier’s last 40 minutes turned into a nightmare as Leinster took charge of the match.
Champions Cup results
Clermont bt Ospreys 24-7
Saracens bt Saints 62-14
Glasgow bt Exeter 28-21
Leinster bt Montpellier 28-21
Challenge Cup results
Enisei-STM 19 Newcastle 33, Krasny Yar 17 London Irish 24, Zebre 38 Agen 30, Connacht Rugby 50 Oyonnax 14, Dragons 33 Bordeaux-Bègles 17.