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What Ulster And Munster Have To Do Now To Make Champions Cup Quarter-Finals

What Ulster And Munster Have To Do Now To Make Champions Cup Quarter-Finals
By Maurice Brosnan
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The race for the final eight continues in the Champions Cup with set-backs for both Ulster and Munster on Saturday. Elsewhere, Connacht's chances are at an end.

At the Stade Marcel Michelin, Dan McFarland's outfit fell to a 29-13 loss against Clermont. The result puts Clermont top of Pool 3 on 20 points and through to the quarter-finals.

It is a blow to Ulster's home quarter-final ambitions but they take on Bath next week with a spot in the next round still within range. A win will see them join Clermont in the final eight.

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The five pool winners, and the three best runners-up, will qualify for the last eight. The four top seeds will play their quarter-final at home.

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In Pool 4, despite being reduced to 14 men for 75 minutes, Saracens beat Ospreys 22-15 and are still very much in the hunt. However, the English champions failed to secure a bonus point. That result means if Munster can beat Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday, they will go second and are still in with a chance of top spot.

Johann van Graan's side take on out of contention Ospreys at home in the final round but firstly, need a positive result tomorrow. A draw or loss means they cannot top the pool.

In the Sportsgrounds, Toulouse beat Connacht 21-7. The result leaves them on eight points from five games while the Top 14 outfit progress top of the pool.

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In that group's other fixture, Gloucester take on Montpellier on Saturday evening.

SEE ALSO: Watch: Ulster's John Cooney Finishes Gorgeous Team Try Versus Clermont

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