7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
American fly-half Mike Hercus converted two and added two penalties as Sale eased into the last eight. Progressing with a 4-0 win on match points.
Zurich Premiership side Saracens stormed into the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 52-6 mauling of Rugby Parma at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Saracens ran in eight tries to avenge their one-point loss to the Italian club in the first leg last weekend, with fly-half Nicky Little adding six conversions.
The home frontrow had a field day, with props Nick Lloyd and Kevin Yates and hooker Matt Cairns all getting among the try-scoring action. Parma's only points came from two penalty goals by former Llanelli fullback Roland de Marigny.
Saracens will meet French side Brive in the two-leg quarter-finals in the first two weekends of January.
London Irish failed by three points to advance in the competition after winning only 19-16 at home to Pau.
The Exiles needed a six-point victory to remove the first-leg deficit, but fell short in a game dominated by the boot. London Irish kicker Mark Mapletoft bagged 14 points to complement backrower Phil Murphy's try, while Pau fly-half Ludovic Mercier kept his side in touch with 11 points - including what turned out to be a crucial dropped goal.
Pau play fellow French side Clermont-Auvergne in the quarter-finals after Clermont beat Borders 34-23 at Netherdale.
Borders faced a near-impossible task of overturning a 30-point first-leg deficit, and so it proved as Clermont led 17-7 at halftime and doubled their score in the second half - despite the Scottish side clawing their way back to 23-24 at one stage.
BUt Clermont scored four tries and Hernon Senillosa added 14 points with the boot as the French club cruised into the quarter-finals.