Fortunately, Stade Rochelais, defending champion, and Stade Toulousain, its predecessor in the prize list, honored the Top 14 by winning their eight games.
To take the first two places in Pool B, which guarantees them receptions in the round of 16, then in any quarters.
Montpellier also crossed the cut.
Without reaching the average, with a single victory, a draw, and two defeats.
For the five other French clubs, it's the Berezina: 17 cumulative defeats in 20 games!
For five eliminations.
Against only one in each of the previous two seasons…
Fixtures and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
La Rochelle and Toulouse without shaking, the MHR without shining
The European champion from La Rochelle held his rank, stacking up four successes against Ulster and Northampton.
Toulouse was just as authoritarian by dominating, at home and away, the Irish from Munster and the English from Sale.
The champion of France, Montpellier, completes the casting, but without convincing.
Like his last group match on Sunday: a 21-21 draw at home against…
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