Bristol Rugby, Saracens, Brive, Bath Rugby and ASM Clermont Auvergne go into their crucial Round 5 matches with four wins from four starts...
Bristol Rugby, Saracens, Brive, Bath Rugby and ASM Clermont Auvergne go into their crucial Round 5 matches with four wins from four starts and in commanding positions to qualify for the knock-out stages.
The four best qualifiers will earn home advantage in the quarter-finals with Bristol, Saracens and Brive all on 19 points, ASM Clermont Auvergne on 18 and Bath Rugby on 16 and yet to pick up a try bonus point.
The three best runners-up will also qualify as the number six, seven and eight seeds with Newport Gwent Dragons on 16 points, Worcester Warriors and Glasgow Warriors on 15 points and Newcastle Falcons and NEC Harlequins each on 11 points.
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.