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Champions Cup Permutations: How can Munster progress

first_imgWhatsApp Email After their Round 5 defeat to Racing in the Champions Cup yesterday, Munster’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition seem all but lost.While qualifying is out of their hands, and certainly very slim, there is a way that Munster can still advance.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Eight teams progress to the knockout stages with those being the five pool winners and the three best runners up.Heineken Champions Cup Round 5, La Defense Arena, Paris, France 12/1/2020 Racing 92 vs Munster Munster’s Andrew Conway scores a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy SticklandFour of the five group winners have already been determined with Leinster, Exeter, Racing and Toulose all guaranteed top spot in their pool.Ulster and Clermont will occupy the top two places in Pool 3 regardless of this weekend’s results with both guaranteed to go through.That leaves two places left in the last eight, one that Munster could secure.What Munster have to do?For Johann van Graan’s side, the task is a simple one in theory, a bonus point win over the Ospreys in Thomond Park next week is a must.A five pointer here would bring them to 16 points overall, one behind Ulster’s current total of 17.Heineken Champions Cup Round 1, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK 16/11/2019 Ospreys vs Munster Munster’s Keith Earls scores a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan SheridanWhat other results need to happen?Heading into the final round Munster find themselves in third place on 11 points.Every other team in second place all have a a superior points total but if results go the Provinces way they could usurp them all.Saracens, who are in Munster’s group, have 14 points and play already qualified Racing in their final game.Heineken Champions Cup Round 3, Thomond Park, Limerick, Co. Limerick 7/12/2019 Munster vs Saracens Munster’s Peter O’Mahony and Maro Itoje of Saracens during a maul Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary CarrGloucester and Northampton Saints both also have 14 points at this stage of the competition.Glasgow Warriors also lie ahead of Munster in the standings with 12 points.If Munster are to progress then they will need to secure the bonus points and hope that three of those teams lose their final games if they are to progress as one of the three best runners up.It’s certainly unlikely but not impossible.Champions Cup Round Six FixturesMunster v OspreysSaracens v Racing 92Nothampton Chiefs v LyonGloucester v TouloseGlasgow Warriors v Sale SharksThe post Champions Cup Permutations: How can Munster progress appeared first on Sporting Limerick. TAGSChampions CupKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMunsterMunster.RugbyRugbySporting limerick Previous articleDiffering outcomes for Limerick colleges in Fitzgibbon Cup openersNext articleFour men and boy arrested in connection with “weapons” probe as Gardaí and Defence Force members search area of wasteland Jack Neville Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Advertisement RugbyMunsterNewsSportChampions Cup Permutations: How can Munster progressBy Jack Neville – January 14, 2020 571 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

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