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Here's The42's Team of the Champions Cup 1/4 finals

We just about managed to resist going with an all-Clermont XV.

EIGHT TEAMS ENTERED, only four advance to the semi-finals in France in a fortnight.

Here’s the players we thought stood out above their peers as Leinster beat Bath, Clermont thrashed Northampton, Saracens sneaked it against Racing and Toulon threw off the challenge of Wasps.

15. Nick Abendanon (Clermont)

Nick Abendanon breaks free to score his side's fourth try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

14. Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont)

Noa Nakaitaci and Samu Manoa Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

13. Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon)

Mathieu Bastareaud applauds the crowd Source: James Crombie/INPHO

12. Wesley Fofana (Clermont)

Wesley Fofana celebrates as Noa Nakaitaci scores a try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

11. Anthony Watson (Bath)

Anthony Watson leaves the pitch after being sin binned Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

10. Brock James (Clermont)

Brock James Source: James Crombie/INPHO

9. Joe Simpson (Wasps)

Joe Simpson and Sebastien Tillous-Borde Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

1. Cian Healy (Leinster)

Cian Healy with Micky Young and Francois Louw Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

2. Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro)

Dimitri Szarzewski and Jonathan Sexton Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

3. Mike Ross (Leinster)

Isaac Boss puts into a scrum Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

4. George Kruis (Saracens)

Jamie Roberts with George Kruis Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

5. Ali Williams (Toulon)

Ali Williams scores a try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

6. Jackson Wray (Saracens)

Jonathan Sexton with Jackson Wray Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

7. Damien Chouly (Clermont)

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8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Jamie Roberts with Billy Vunipola Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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