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Quarter-final shake-up pits Leinster against Saracens while Munster host Toulon

There are further French tests ahead for Munster if they make it to the semi-finals.

Image: Gary Carr/INPHO

MUNSTER’S BONUS POINT win over Castres brought the Champions Cup pool stage to a close this evening, locking in the line-up for the quarter-finals and keeping the possibility of an All-Ireland final alive.

Having secured top seeding with their win away to Montpellier yesterday, Leinster will host Saracens on the weekend of March 31 after Mark McCall’s men sneaked in to the running for the last eight with a big win over Northampton yesterday.

The reigning champions, England’s only representatives in the knock-out stage, will be stiffer opposition than Leinster fans hoped to welcome to Dublin.

Josh van der Flier, James Lowe and Jack Conan after the match Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Munster are also on home turf and will meet Toulon in the last eight. The formidable French side enter the quarter-finals as one of the three best runners-up after narrowly losing an absorbing clash with Scarlets in Llanelli.

Ulster’s hopes of making the last eight fizzled out in Coventry as they slipped to third in their pool while Wasps helped themselves to a bonus point win.

Champions Cup quarter-finals ( to be played weekend of 31 March)

Leinster v Saracens

Clermont v Racing 92

Munster v Toulon

Scarlets v La Rochelle

Semi-finals

Leinster / Saracens v Scarlets / La Rochelle

Munster / Toulon v Clermont / Racing 92

Connacht to host Gloucester in Challenge Cup quarter, but face potential away semi-final

Ulster left out in the cold as Wasps win all too comfortably in Coventry

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