Champions Saracens drawn with beaten finalists Clermont

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:27
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NEWS: Reigning champions Saracens face the toughest defence of their European Champions Cup title after they were drawn on Thursday with beaten finalists Clermont.

Saracens beat Clermont 28-17 in last season's Final before the French club rebounded to claim the Top 14 title. Joining them in Pool Two will be Northampton and Ospreys.

Saracens crashed in the semifinals of the English Premiership play-offs, Exeter going on to win the league.

Exeter were drawn in Pool Three alongside Montpellier, Leinster and Glasgow, while Racing 92 were pooled with Munster, Leicester and Castres in Pool Four.

Beaten English finalists Wasps were included in Pool One with La Rochelle, who finished leaders of the Top 14 at the end of the regular season, Ulster and Harlequins.

Pro12 champions Scarlets drew French giants Toulon, Bath and Treviso, the traditional whipping boys from Italy, in Pool Five.

The five pool winners and three best-placed pool runners-up qualify for the knock-out phases, with the final to be held in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao.

Pools:

Pool One: Wasps (ENG), La Rochelle (FRA), Ulster (IRL), Harlequins (ENG)
Pool Two: Clermont (FRA), Saracens (ENG), Ospreys (WAL), Northampton (ENG) 
Pool Three: Exeter (ENG), Leinster (IRL), Montpellier (FRA), Glasgow (SCO)
Pool Four: Munster (IRL), Racing 92 (FRA), Leicester (ENG), Castres (FRA)
Pool Five: Scarlets (WAL), Toulon (FRA), Bath (ENG), Treviso (ITA)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 17h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 2 2 0 0 10
Clermont Auvergne 2 2 0 0 9
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3