The group stage - four days truncated by the results imposed by the EPCR on green carpet, a draw or a 28-0 defeat... - has delivered its verdict.
With questionable fairness.
But, on the weekends of April 10 and 17, these sometimes iniquitous adventures will undoubtedly be forgotten.
For the benefit of the excitement generated by the posters.
With the presence of seven French clubs, for an almost full card, only Castres Olympique being eliminated.
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Two of them will be 100% French.
A boiling derby between Racing 92 and Stade Français Paris, who are to face each other in the Top 14 on the weekend of… April 3.
A coincidence of the calendar which will raise the temperature with three clashes in three weeks between the two sworn enemies.
The other round of 16 stamped Top 14 will pit Stade Rochelais, the unfortunate finalist of the previous edition, against UBB, which does not hide its European ambition.
Saved from elimination despite their meeting against Cardiff decreed lost on green carpet 28 to 0 by the EPCR, Stade Toulousain will defend their title against the Irish province of Ulster.
A tough opponent but the people of Toulouse have already made it known that their determination will be total after this decision which they consider unfair and unacceptable.
Opinion shared by the NRL which does not exclude legal proceedings…
Clermont-Leicester and Montpellier-Harlequins
Finally Clermont will challenge the leader of the English championship and Montpellier the Harlequins of London.
To complete the program, there is a clash between Irish provinces Leinster-Connacht, another Anglo-English between Bristol and Sale and a duel between the Irish of Munster and the English of Exeter.