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    European Cup Rule Change 15/16

    There have been changes to the format for the draw for the semi finals this year. Details below:

    http://www.epcrugby.com/europeanrugbych ... /rules.php

    Knockout Stage

    2.4 The clubs ranked 1 to 4 will have home advantage for the quarter-finals as follows:

    Club 1 v Club 8 (QF1) Club 4 v Club 5 (QF2)
    Club 3 v Club 6 (QF3) Club 2 v Club 7 (QF4)

    NB The new format for the semi-final matches in the Champions Cup recognises performances by clubs during the pool stages as well as the achievement of a winning a quarter-final match away from home.

    The winner of QF1 will play the winner of QF2 in one semi-final, and the winner of QF3 will play the winner of QF4 in the other semi-final as follows:

    Semi-final 1: winner QF1 v winner QF2
    Semi-final 2: winner QF3 v winner QF4

    The semi-final matches will be played at venues designated by EPCR, but the following clubs will have home country advantage in their respective semi-final matches:

    (a) For Semi-final 1

    If the clubs ranked 1 and 4 win their QFs, the club ranked 1 will have home country

    If the clubs ranked 1 and 5 win their QFs, the club ranked 5 will have home country advantage

    If the clubs ranked 8 and 4 win their QFs, the club ranked 8 will have home country advantage

    If the clubs ranked 8 and 5 win their QFs, the club ranked 5 will have home country advantage

    (b) For Semi-final 2

    If the clubs ranked 3 and 2 win their QFs, the club ranked 2 will have home country advantage

    If the clubs ranked 3 and 7 win their QFs, the club ranked 7 will have home country advantage

    If the clubs ranked 6 and 2 win their QFs, the club ranked 6 will have home country advantage

    If the clubs ranked 6 and 7 win their QFs, the club ranked 6 will have home country advantage

    #2
    So for those who win their pool but only are 3rd and 4th best overall, they have no hope of a home semi - that seems a bit harsh.

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      #3
      What a load of b'llocks.

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        #4
        Better than relying on Serges hot balls
        My computer thinks I'm gay
        What's the difference anyway
        When all the people do all day
        Is stare into a phone

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          #5
          So, if these rules had been in place last year, all that would have changed would have been that Saracens would have been at home to Clermont. Suspicious that Ed Griffiths et al whinge and the rules are changed this year.

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            #6
            Originally posted by bazzyg View Post
            So for those who win their pool but only are 3rd and 4th best overall, they have no hope of a home semi - that seems a bit harsh.
            Well, being ranked 3rd or 4th does get you a home quarter final. A team who wins an away quarter probably deserves home country advantage in the semis.

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              #7
              Actually I think it's good to stop relying on a draw to determine home advantage in the semi but I agree with bazzyg, it does seem odd than 3rd and 4th clubs do not get any chance of a home SF... maybe keeping that rule for the home advantage but having a draw to determine which QF winners play each other would give everyone a chance? (Not even sure, mind)
              Good things happen to those who wait, though mostly much too late.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Muckier Boots View Post
                So, if these rules had been in place last year, all that would have changed would have been that Saracens would have been at home to Clermont. Suspicious that Ed Griffiths et al whinge and the rules are changed this year.
                To me the SFs would have been:
                Saracens v Leinster
                Toulon v Clermont
                Good things happen to those who wait, though mostly much too late.

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                  #9
                  Piquet. What are your views on this?
                  "We are going to hope to keep improving the environment in Munster. It’s about improving and setting standards where players and coaches can improve. Hopefully we can offer that more than just money.” Johann Van Graan 20/12/2017

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