Exeter Chiefs. Photo Courtesy/Exeter Media.

European Champions Cup semi-final pairings


European Rugby Champions Cup will enter the semi-final stage on Saturday 26 September with matches scheduled for 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM East African time.

Defending Champions Saracens will be in the first semi-final where they will tackle last year’s quarterfinalists Racing 92 at Paris La Défense Arena in the first clash.

Saracens beat Leinster 25-17 in a quarterfinal match staged at Aviva Stadium on Saturday to reach the last four while Racing 92 eliminated Clermont Auvergne following a 36-27 at Stade Marcel-Michelin.

In the second semis scheduled for Sandy Park, Premiership Leaders Exeter Chiefs will take on Toulouse at 5:30 PM EAT.  Toulouse advanced to the semi-finals after seeing off Ulster 36-8 in a quarterfinal clash played at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday.

Exeter, on the other hand, beat Northampton Saints 38-18 to earn a maiden Champions Cup semi slot. Champions Cup is an annual rugby union tournament by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR). It is the top-tier competition for clubs whose countries’ national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship.

Clubs qualify for the Champions Cup via their final positions in their respective national/regional leagues (English Premiership, French Top 14, and Pro14) or via winning the second-tier Challenge Cup; those who do not qualify are instead eligible to compete in the second-tier Challenge Cup.

Semifinal

Racing 92 vs Saracens 3PM EAT

Exeter vs Northampton 5:30 PM EAT

Quarterfinal results

Toulouse 36-8 Ulster
Exeter 38-15 Northampton

Leinster 17-25 Saracens
Clermont 27-36 Racing

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