The ERCC moves to the knockout stages next weekend following the conclusion of the Six Nations
Matches are as follows
Saturday 30th March
1.45pm Edinburgh v Munster
Edinburgh won Pool 5 with five wins out of 6 ahead of French sides Montpellier and Toulon to earn the fourth seed in the Quarter finals. Edinburgh and Glasgow made the quarter finals, a sign of the growing strength of Scottish franchise rugby. Edinburgh probably won the weakest pool though, with Toulon not the force they were and Montpellier lost three games in the pool
Munster reached the semi finals last season and qualified for the quarter finals this season by winning a tough pool including Exeter and Castres with 4 wins a draw and a single loss. That record was only good for the fifth seed hence they are the group winner with the away quarter final.
Munster are a tough experienced outfit in knockout rugby and are 4/7 favourites outright to win this tie and -5 on the handicap at 10/11. I do feel they are likely to win in what could be a close contest and the 6/4 Ladbroke/Corals offer about a Munster 1-2 win in the winning margin market is the favoured bet.
4.15pm Saracens v Glasgow
Saracens have won the ERCC in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and are one of the powerhouses of European rugby. They qualified for the quarter finals this season by winning their pool with six wins from six to secure the number one seed for the knockout stages.
With the core of the side experienced internationals like Farrell, the Vunipolas and Itoje Saracens have to be strong favourites to win here and are favourites to regain the trophy.
Glasgow earned the 8th seed and a trip to London by finishing second in Saracens pool. Their two losses were both to Saracens 13-3 in Glasgow and 38-19 in London.
Here Saracens are installed as 15 point handicap favourites at 10/11 and I think its more likely they cover than don’t.
6.45pm Leinster v Ulster
Defending Champions Leinster lost their first game of the defence of their title and recovered to beat Toulouse to the pool win on winning greater bonus points in the pool.
Ulster finished runners up behind Racing92 with five wins out of six in the pool but are 15/2 outsiders here and a big +17 on the handicap at 10/11.his is a no bet game for me. Leinster should win but -17 feels finely poised
Sunday 31st March
Racing92 v Toulouse
An a French quarter final concludes the weekend line up. Racing win their pool to secure the number two seed with five wins out of six and have a significant home advantage here indoors under the lights in Paris. Toulouse are top of the French top 14 league, finished second in their pool behind Leinster and beat them at home and really on the way back up after several fallow years but are 5 point underdogs to win here.
Toulouse +5 at 10/11 should have a real chance