Semi Final Venues Announced

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  1. Stumpy

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    Champions Cup semi-finals
    (Kick-off times to be announced)

    Saturday, 23 April
    SF1: if Saracens v Wasps - Madejski Stadium
    if Northampton Saints v Wasps - Madejski Stadium
    if Exeter Chiefs v Saracens - Madejski Stadium
    if Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints - Madejski Stadium

    Sunday, 24 April
    SF2: if Leicester Tigers v Racing 92 - City Ground
    if Stade Français Paris v Racing 92 - MMArena, Le Mans
    if RC Toulon v Leicester Tigers - Allianz Riviera, Nice
    if RC Toulon v Stade Français Paris - Allianz Riviera, Nice

    2016 Champions Cup final: Saturday, 14 May; Grand Stade de Lyon (17.45)


    Challenge Cup semi-finals - 22/23/24 April
    (Exact dates and kick-off times to be announced)

    SF1: if Harlequins v Grenoble - Twickenham Stoop
    if Connacht Rugby v Harlequins - The Sportsground
    if Connacht Rugby v London Irish - The Sportsground
    if London Irish v Grenoble - Madejski Stadium

    SF2: if Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks - Kingsholm
    if Newport Gwent Dragons v Sale Sharks - Rodney Parade
    if Montpellier v Gloucester Rugby - Altrad Stadium
    if Montpellier v Newport Gwent Dragons - Altrad Stadium

    2016 Challenge Cup final: Friday, 13 May; Grand Stade de Lyon (21.00)

    http://www.epcrugby.com/news/32705.php#.Vv0YzUBDsdt
     
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  4. TRF_Olyy

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    Bit bull**** that we have no chance of a home semi. We topped our group so why should Newport get it over us if it goes that way?
     
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    It all seems very vague, according to a quote from EPRC, it is based on "performances by clubs during the pool stages as well as the achievement of a winning a quarter-final match away from home". So it appears that beating the number two seeds away from home despite finishing runner up in your pool trumps topping your pool and winning a home quarter final against the 6th seeds.

    Edit: it's explained better here:

    http://www.epcrugby.com/europeanrugbychampionscup/rules.php

    It seems like more wieght is given to winning an away quarter - third and fourth seeds can't possibly get a home semi-final as they'll always either play away to a higher seed who also won their quarter final or away to a lower seed who won brownie points by winning their away quarter final.
     
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    Wish we hadn't have battered Newport so much in the last game, then.
    I'd feel happier going to Kingsholm than having Montpellier coming to us, and then there's the chance of the home semi final afterwards.
     
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