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Ulster

FULL-TIME
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Harlequins

European Cup | Kingspan Stadium
19:45 (GMT) | 15-12-2017
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Join us for more European Champions Cup round four action tomorrow afternoon as Leinster take on Exeter Chiefs at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin
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FULL TIME: ULSTER 52-24 HARLEQUINS
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John Cooney finishes off an impressive performance from Ulster with an accurate kick at poles as he adds the extra two points for Ulster with the conversion from just outside the Harlequins 22. That will be the game. Congratulations to Ulster on a well deserved 52-24 victory over Harlequins
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Ulster go to the short side from the five meter attacking scrum, Harlequins do not have players defending on the short side and Andrew Trimble dots down for a well worked try for Ulster
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Harlequins look to send the ball to the wide channels on their own five meter line but they knock the ball forward and gift Ulster a five meter attacking scrum
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Harlequins concede the penalty for being in an offside position inside their own half and and Ulster are looking to finish the game in style as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Harlequins five meter line
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Harlequins win the lineout against the throw deep inside the Ulster half of the field but Harlequins lose the ball in the tackle and Louis Ludik breaks up the wing for Ulster before he is brought to ground inside the Harlequins half
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John Cooney converts the try with an accurate kick at poles from the conversion on the Harlequins 22 and Ulster now lead Harlequins 45-24
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Marcus Smith misses the tackle on John Cooney who sells the dummy and runs through for the five pointer for Ulster
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Ulster concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum on the Harlequins five metre line and Harlequins set the lineout from the penalty with a touch finder just short of their ten meter line
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Ulster look for the pushover try with a powerful driving maul but Harlequins manage to hold the ball up over the line. Harlequins are awarded the defensive scrum on their own five meter line
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Marcus Smith sends the ball sailing through the poles from the conversion on the Ulster 22
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Jamie Roberts with plenty of physicality in the carry before Dave Ward finds space on the fringes of the ruck and breaks through the middle inside the Ulster 22 as he runs through and dots down for the try
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John Cooney is having a flawless kicking performance as he converts the try with an accurate kick at poles from the Harlequins 22
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Ulster take immediate advantage of the extra man as Alan O'Conner stretches for the line and places the ball on the line for the try for Ulster
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Kyle Sinckler is sent to the sin bin for ten minutes after taking out a player without the ball as he stuck out an arm and obstructed the player, Ulster are awarded the penalty
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Ian Prior sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from the Ulster 22 on a tough angle. Ulster lead 31-17
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Harlequins hit back straight from the restart as Ross Chisholm dots down for the try in the corner after Harlequins win possession from the restart
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John Cooney converts the try from the Harlequins 22 with an accurate kick at poles
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Harlequins concede the free kick for an infringement at scrum time inside their own half. Ulster tap and go from the free kick and Jacob Stockdale and Craig Gilroy combine with skillful passing before they send Charles Piutau through for the try
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John Andrew finds his jumper in the lineout with an accurate throw before Christian Lealiifano sends his support player into space with a well timed pass. Harlequins force the turnover with a big hit in the tackle inside their own half and Marcus Smith makes the exit kick with a kick up field
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John Cooney has his kicking boots on tonight as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with an accurate kick at poles from just outside the Harlequins 22
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Harlequins concede the penalty just outside their own 22 and Ulster will look to extend their lead through the boot of scrumhalf John Cooney
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Marcus Smith puts in the grubber kick for the Harlequins backs to chase inside the Ulster 22 but Ulster manage to get first to the loose ball and deal with the danger
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The referee orders a reset at scrum time and Harlequins will have another attacking scrum on the Ulster ten meter line
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Ulster concede the penalty just inside the Harlequins half and Harlequins look to play quick and counter attack as they tap and go but Ulster are aware of the danger as they manage to track back and bring Harlequins to ground
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John Cooney converts the try for Harlequins with the conversion from a tough angle on the Harlequins 22. Ulster now lead Harlequins 23-12
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Ulster with some good set play from the scrum inside their own half as they make the break up field with some good vision and inside balls. Harlequins manage to track back and bring Ulster to ground but Ulster score the try as Craig Gilroy dots down in the corner
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The scrum goes to ground and the referee asks for a reset at scrum time Ulster have another attacking scrum inside their own half.
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John Cooney puts boot to ball and sends the ball into touch just short of halfway, Harlequins have the attacking lineout but they do not throw straight to the lineout and Ulster are awarded the attacking scrum.
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Christian Lealiifano gets the second half going for Ulster with a deep kick into the Harlequins 22. Harlequins manage to gather possession from the restart before they go wide and make the clearance with a kick up field.

Half Time

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Ulster win possession at the scrum on their five meter line and Christian Lealiifano puts boot to ball and sends the ball into touch. That will be halftime. Ulster lead Harlequins 16-12 at the break. Stay tuned for the second half which will follow shortly
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Ulster concede the penalty and Harlequins are looking for a morale boosting try before the break as they set the attacking lineout from the penalty with a touch finder inside the Ulster 22
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Charlie Matthews gives Harlequins go forward ball with a strong drive in the tackle inside the Ulster 22 but Ulster manage to make the turnover as the ball goes loose and Stuart McCloskey makes the exit kick for Ulster with a touch finder on halfway. Harlequins have the attacking lineout
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Ulster concede the penalty for an infringement at scrum time deep inside their own half and Harlequins set the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Ulster 22
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Committed rush defence from Ulster sees them force Harlequins to knock the ball forward from the lineout inside the Ulster half of the field and Ulster have the defensive scrum
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It looks good and it's over! John Cooney sends the ball sailing through the poles with the penalty kick at poles from inside the Harlequins 22 and Ulster now lead 16-12
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Harlequins are blown up for Kyle Sinckler going offside inside the Harlequins 22 and John Cooney will look to keep his radar going with a penalty kick at poles for Ulster from inside the Harlequins 22
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Marcus Smith converts the try for Harlequins from the Ulster 22
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Jamie Roberts makes the tackle and looks to get in over the ball at the breakdown for Ulster but Charlie Walker runs a good angle with plenty of pace and receives the pass which sees him break through the middle inside the Ulster 22 and go over for the five pointer
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Harlequins with quick hands on the wing before Charlie Walker receives the ball in space as he looks to dot down in the corner but some committed defence from Ulster sees Walker bundled into touch over the dead ball line by Jacob Stockdale just as he is about to dot down and Ulster will restart with the 22 meter drop out
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Harlequins win the ball at the lineout inside the Ulster 22 but Ulster do well to drive Harlequins back in the maul
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Ulster concede the penalty inside their own half and Harlequins are looking for the pushover try as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder inside the Ulster 22
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Jamie Roberts breaks the tackle inside the Ulster half of the field and takes play into the Ulster 22. Harlequins looking dangerous here!
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Marcus Smith combines well with Ross Chisholm as he finds the fullback with good distribution skills but Ulster manage to hold their line on defence and close down the space.
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Harlequins win the ball against the throw at the lineout again and Elia Elia takes the ball into contact with a powerful drive before he is wrapped up. Harlequins looking to make the exit kick.
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Harlequins concede the penalty for going off their feet at the breakdown just short of their own ten meter line and Ulster are going for broke as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Harlequins 22.
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Harlequins do well to win the lineout against the throw inside their own 22 before they make the clearance with a kick up field and win possession in the air inside their own half.
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John Cooney shows and goes and looks to draw in the Harlequins defence inside their own half. Cooney sends play wide with a pass on the short side but Harlequins deliberately knock the ball on and they concede the penalty. Ulster set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Harlequins 22.
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John Cooney has both the distance and the direction as he adds the extra two points for Ulster with the conversion from the Harlequins 22.
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Christian Lealiifano finds space behind the Harlequins back three with an accurate and well timed chip over the top for Stuart McCloskey. Stuart McCloskey gets boot to ball and chases well before he dots down for the five pointer.
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Harlequins miss the conversion from an angle inside the Ulster 22 and the score remains at 6-5 to Ulster.
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Try time! Renaldo Bothma makes a good read on defence as he makes the interception inside the Ulster half of the field. Bothma runs hard and straight at the line before the ball goes wide to Marcus Smith who dots down for the five pointer for Harlequins.
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Winston Stanley finds himself in a good position to receive the cross field kick deep inside the Harlequins half before Harlequins make the up and under and look to test Ulster under the high ball.
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Stuart McCloskey looks to make the clearance kick for Harlequins, Ulster rush up on defence and charge the ball down but luckily for Harlequins the bounce is in their favor as they manage to gather the loose ball inside their own half.
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John Cooney adds the extra three points for Ulster with an accurate kick from the kicking tee and Ulster now lead 6-0.
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High fives all around for Ulster at the breakdown as they are awarded the penalty for Harlequins not releasing the ball and John Cooney will line the kick up at poles from 35 meters out.
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Harlequins win possession at the scrum inside their own half and look to play the wide channels but Iain Henderson makes an interception on the wing and wins possession for Ulster.
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John Cooney sends the ball sailing through the poles from the penalty kick at poles inside the Harlequins 22. Ulster now lead 3-0.
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Harlequins concede the penalty for going offside inside their own 22 and John Cooney will strike for poles for Ulster.
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Rob Herring receives a well timed inside ball from Christian Lealiifano. Herring goes on a powerful run before he is brought to ground inside the Harlequins 22.
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Marcus Smith gets the game underway for Harlequins with a deep kick which falls just short of the Ulster 22. Ulster carry well from the kick off and Christian Lealiifano makes the exit kick with a kick up field.
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Alexandre Ruiz is our referee. Ludovic Cayre and Cédric Clave will assist him. Our TMO is Éric Briquet-Campin.
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Ulster currently sit in second position in European Champions Cup pool one with eight points from three matches played which includes one victory and two defeats. Harlequins find themselves sitting bottom of pool one in fourth place with one point from three matches played which includes three back to back losses.
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The most recent match between these two teams was just a week ago on the 10 December and on that occasion Ulster walked away with a 17-5 victory over Harlequins in a round three Champions Cup clash which was played at Twickenham Stoop.
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Harlequins will be without some of their international contingent, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care are suffering from head injuries while Joe Marler also picked up a knock. Mike Brown and Tim Visser are on the bench but the likes of Marcus Smith and Jamie Roberts start in the back line and Kyle Sinckler – who scored a try against Ulster on Saturday – and skipper Dave Ward up front all start.
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Flank Iain Henderson will captain Ulster in the number 6 jersey and he forms a loose trio combination with flank Chris Henry and number eight Nick Timoney. Fullback Charles Piutau forms a dangerous back three combination for Ulster alongside wingers Craig Gilroy and Louis Ludik.
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365's live commentary of this European Champions cup round four matchup between Ulster and Harlequins from Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Charles Piutau
  • 14 Craig Gilroy
  • 13 Louis Ludik
  • 12 Stuart McCloskey
  • 11 Jacob Stockdale
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 9 John Cooney
  • 8 Nick Timoney
  • 7 Chris Henry
  • 6 Iain Henderson
  • 5 Kieran Treadwell
  • 4 Alan O'Conner
  • 3 Wiehahn Herbst
  • 2 Rob Herring
  • 1 Callum Black
RESERVES
  • 23 Andrew Trimble
  • 22 Peter Nelson
  • 21 Paul Marshall
  • 20 Sean Reidy
  • 19 Matthew Rea
  • 18 Ross Kane
  • 17 Andy Warwick
  • 16 John Andrew
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lewis Boyce
  • 2 Elia Elia
  • 3 Kyle Sinckler
  • 4 George Merrick
  • 5 Charlie Matthews
  • 6 Archie White
  • 7 Dave Ward
  • 8 Renaldo Bothma
  • 9 Ian Prior
  • 10 Marcus Smith
  • 11 Alofa Alofa
  • 12 Jamie Roberts
  • 13 Winston Stanley
  • 14 Charlie Walker
  • 15 Ross Chisholm
  • 21 James Lang
RESERVES
  • 16 Charlie Piper
  • 17 Mark Lambert
  • 18 Phil Swainston
  • 19 Mat Luamanu
  • 20 Dino Lamb
  • 22 Tim Visser
  • 23 Mike Brown
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PREVIEW: Champions Cup, Round Four

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:29

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: After a tough weekend last time out in the European Champions Cup, Harlequins are the first of the Premiership sides looking to turn the tables in Round Four.

John Kingston’s side headline a packed Friday schedule across both the Champions and Challenge Cups as the second set of the back-to-back fixtures get underway.

Quins were downed in the snow at the Stoop by Ulster last Saturday, but get their immediate chance for revenge at the Kingspan.

There are few tougher trips than to Belfast under the Friday night lights, and Kingston has already conceded that his side are out of contention for the knockout stages in a competitive Pool One.

Ahead of the match, the Harlequins Director of Rugby said: "We were extremely disappointed to lose to Ulster at home last Sunday; ending our chances of qualification into the quarterfinals of the competition.

"That said, we are really looking forward to the match on Friday night and will be demanding a positive performance ahead of our return to the Premiership."

Quins will be without some of their international contingent, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care are suffering from head injuries while Joe Marler also picked up a knock.

Mike Brown and Tim Visser are on the bench but the likes of Marcus Smith and Jamie Roberts start in the back line and Kyle Sinckler – who scored a try against Ulster on Saturday – and skipper Dave Ward up front all start.

We take a look at all the Round Four action!

Friday, December 15:

Pool One:

Ulster v Harlequins
(Kingspan Stadium, Belfast - Kick-off: 19.45; 19.45 GMT)

The clubs have met four times previously, each winning two apiece. However, Ulster's two victories have come in their most recent with Harlequins including last weekend. Ulster have scored 19 points in each of their last two home games against Premiership opposition, enough for a one-point win over Exeter and a 10 point win against Wasps. Quins have won just twice on eight previous trips to Ireland, beating Ulster in 1996/97 and Connacht in Round Two of the 2012/13 season. The last time Ulster won a Round Three game away from home they then went on to lose the reverse fixture at home in Round Four (2012/13 v Northampton Saints).

Teams:

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Iain Henderson (captain), 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O'Connor, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Callum Black.
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Ross Kane, 19 Matty Rea, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Andrew Trimble.

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Dave Ward (captain) 6 Archie White, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Elia Elia, 1 Lewis Boyce. 
Replacements: 16 Charlie Piper, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Mat Luamanu, 20 Dino Lamb, 21 James Lang, 22 Tim Visser, 23 Mike Brown.

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: Ludovic Cayre (France), Cédric Clave (France)
TMO: Éric Briquet-Campin (France)

Saturday, December 16:

Pool Three:

Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors
(Altrad Stadium, Montpellier - Kick-off: 14.00; 13.00 UK Time; 13.00 GMT)

Glasgow have lost just one of the five previous meetings between the clubs (won three, drew one). However, that defeat was at Scotstoun in Round Three. This will be the third time Montpellier have hosted the Warriors, but they are yet to beat them at Altrad Stadium (drew one, lost one). Having won just once on their first 14 visits to France. Glasgow have now won twice on their last four excursions, including a 23-14 win over Racing 92 in their last such fixture. Glasgow are enduring their worst start to a Champions Cup campaign since losing their opening five pool games in 2012/13.

Teams:

Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Gabriel N'gandebe, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Kelian Galletier, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 4 Nicholaas Van Rensburg, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Romain Ruffenach, 1 Grégory Fichten.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Mikheil Nariashvili, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Julien Delannoy, 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 21 Enzo Sanga, 22 Henry Immelman, 23 Timoci Nagusa.

Glasgow: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Ali Price, 8 Samu Vunisa, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Kiran McDonald, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Jamie Bhatti.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Niko Matawalu.

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Simon McConnell (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

Pool Five:

Benetton v Scarlets
(Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso - Kick-off: 14.00; 13.00 UK Time; 13.00 GMT)

Scarlets have won four of the previous five meetings between the clubs, scoring over 30 points in each of those four victories. Benetton are unbeaten in their last three games when they have hosted Welsh opposition, all of these games coming against Ospreys. However, Scarlets have lost their last 10 away games in the Champions Cup, but they have picked up losing bonus points in their last two such fixtures. The Welsh region are aiming to win successive games for the first time since the opening two rounds of the 2011/12 season.

Teams: 

Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Braam Steyn, 6 Seb Negri Da Oleggio, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Federico Zani.
Replacements: 16 Tomas Baravalle, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Nacho Brex.

Scarlets: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Paul Asquith, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Will Boyde, 7 James Davies, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 John Barclay, 20 Joshua Macleod, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 Steff Hughes.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Richard Kerr (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

Pool Three:

Leinster v Exeter Chiefs:
(Aviva Stadium, Dublin - Kick-off: 15.15; 15.15 GMT)

Last weekend, Leinster became the first side to win at Sandy Park since Bordeaux-Bègles in Round Three last season (including Premiership matches). There were just 15 points scored when the clubs last met in Dublin, only once before have Leinster played out a lower scoring game at home (9-3 v Bordeaux in 1998/99). Exeter are still searching for their first Champions Cup win in Ireland, they did however beat Connacht in the Challenge Cup in January 2015. The 2004/05 season was the last time Leinster won their opening four pool games.

Teams:

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Sean O'Brien, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 James Ryan, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Exeter: 15 Lachlan Turner, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Nic White, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Don Armand, 5 Sam Skinner, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Tom Francis, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Tom Waldrom, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Sam Hill, 23 James Short.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Mathieu Noirot (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

Pool 4:

Racing 92 v Castres
(Stade Yves-Du-Manoir, Colombes - Kick-off: 16.15; 15.15 GMT)

This will be just the second meeting between the clubs in Europe, with Castres winning the first encounter in Round Three by 16-13. Racing have won all three previous matches when hosting Top 14 opposition in the Champions Cup. Similarly, Castres have lost both of their previous two away games against French opposition, losing to Perpignan in December 2006 and Montpellier 10 years later in December 2016. Since reaching the 2016 final Racing have won just twice (lost seven) and scored an average of 15 points per match.

Teams: 

Racing 92: 15 Juan Imhoff, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Anthony Tuitavke, 11 Virimi Vakatawa; 10 Rémi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Leone Nakarawa, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Edwin Maka, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Boris Palu, 20 Wenceslas Lauret, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Antoine Gibert, 23 Joe Rokocoko.

Castres: 15 Julien Caminati, 14 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 Kylian Jaminet, 10 Yohan Le Bourhis, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Steve Mafi, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Tudor Stroe.
Replacements: 16 Kevin Firmin, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Eric Sione, 19 Alexandre Bias, 20 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 21 Yohan Domenech, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Thomas Combezou.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

Pool Five:

Bath v Toulon
(The Recreation Ground, Bath - Kick-off: 17.30; 17.30 GMT; 18.30 France time)

Toulon have won all three matches between the clubs. However, the margin of victory has been between three and five points on each occasion. Bath have won just twice on the last seven occasions they have hosted a Top 14 side, the last team to visit being Toulon in 2015/16 (lost 14-19). Despite averaging just 14 points and only once scoring 20+ points, Toulon have still won five of eight games against Premiership opposition in England. They have both scored and conceded 114 points across those eight fixtures. Toulon have won three from three to date, but those wins have all come by fewer than five points.

Teams: 

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Aled Brew, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Paul Grant, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano.
Replacements: 16 Michael Van Vuuren, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Levi Douglas, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Kahn Fotuali'i, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jack Wilson.

Toulon: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Chris Ashton, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Marcel Van Der Merwe, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Florian Fresia.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Laurent Delboulbès, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Raphael Lakafia, 20 JP Pietersen, 21 Swan Rebbadj, 22 Eric Escande, 23 Juandre Kruger.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies (Wales), Gwyn Morris (Wales)
TMO: Neil Hennessy (Wales)

Sunday, December 17:

Pool One:

Wasps v La Rochelle
(Ricoh Arena, Coventry - Kick-off: 13.00; 13.00 GMT; 14.00 France Time)

This will be the second meeting between the clubs after La Rochelle defeated Wasps 49-29 in Round Three. This was Wasps' heaviest defeat since Round Two v  Leinster (41-11) in 2008/09. La Rochelle won their first Champions Cup game in England against Harlequins in Round One. Previously, they had won just one of eight Challenge Cup games on English soil. Wasps drew their last game in France (v Toulouse). Wasps have lost twice already this season, and the last time they lost three pool games in the same campaign was in the 2005/06 season.

Teams: 

Wasps: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Juan De Jongh, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Haskell, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Marty Moore, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Kyle Eastmond, 23 Gaby Lovobalavu.

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Alexi Bales, 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Afa Amosa, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Romain Sazy, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Hikairo Forbes, 1 Dany Priso.
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Vincent Pelo, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Gregory Lamboley, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Jean-Victor Goillot, 22 Brock James, 23 Pierre Boudehent.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Eddie Hogan-O'Connell (Ireland), Jonathan Peak (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Pool Two:

Ospreys v Northampton Saints
(Liberty Stadium, Swansea - Kick-off: 15.15; 15.15 GMT)

Ospreys' win in Round Three ended a run of four consecutive defeats against Northampton. Each of the previous five meetings between the clubs has been decided by margins of more than 10 points. Northampton have lost their last five away games, conceding an average of 36 points and scoring an average of just 13. Ospreys have won just one of their last five home games when hosting Premiership opposition. However, that was their last such game (v Exeter in Round One, 2015/16). Ospreys are aiming to win successive matches in the same season for the first time since a run of three victories in 2009/10 (Rounds Two, Three and Four).

Teams:

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Ben John, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Jeff Hassler; 10 Sam Davies, 9 Thomas Habberfield, 8 Olly Cracknell 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Paul James, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Ashley Beck.

Northampton: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Stephenson, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Tom Wood, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 David Ribbans, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Mikey Haywood, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Campese Ma'afu, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Luther Burrell, 23 Ken Pisi.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Manuel Bottino (Italy), Matteo Liperini (Italy)
TMO: Stefano Pennè (Italy)

Pool Two:

Clermont v Saracens
(Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand - Kick-off: 16.15; 15.15 UK Time; 15.15 GMT)

ASM Clermont Auvergne have won six of the nine meetings between the clubs, including a 46-14 victory in Round Three – Saracens heaviest European defeat. Clermont have won their two previous home games against Saracens, with both wins coming by double digit margins. In fact, the Top 14 champions have won their last 12 home games against Premiership opposition. Sale Sharks in 2008/09 were the last English club to win at Marcel-Michelin. Alivereti Raka ran in a hat-trick at Allianz Park, the first time a Clermont player has scored three tries in a match since Round Five in 2011/12 when Julien Malzieu and Sitiveni Sivivatu both crossed three times against Aironi.

Teams: 

Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Isaiah Toeava, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Peceli Yato, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Flip Van Der Merwe, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Viktor Kolelishvili, 21 Charly Trussardi, 22 Peter Betham, 23 Nick Abendanon.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Alex Lozowski, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Jackson Wray 7 Calum Clark, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 George Kruis, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Nathan Earle.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

Pool Four:

Leicester v Munster
(Welford Road, Leicester - Kick-off: 17.30; 17.30 GMT)

Each of the last four meetings between the clubs has been won by the home side on the day with Munster's last victory at Welford Road coming in Round One, 2006/07. Tigers have lost just two of their last 36 home games, those defeats coming at the hands of Glasgow and Ulster. Munster have gone three games unbeaten on the road, they've not got on a longer such run since a run of five wins between December 2005 and January 2007. Only once in Munster's last 13 games have they conceded 20+ points (10-26 defeat to Saracens in last season's semifinal).

Teams: 

Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sione Kalamafoni 7 Mike Williams, 6 Tino Mapapalangi, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Nick Malouf.

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Sam Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander 7 Chris Cloete, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Kevin O'Byrne, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Brian Scott, 18 John Ryan, 19 Darren O'Shea, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Keith Earls.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Mathieu Noirot (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

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