Jan 10, 2014
Pool 3 qualification - how it works
With only two rounds of the Heineken Cup left to play, it is too close to call in Pool 3 where the race to top spot between Saracens and Toulouse looks like going to the wire.
The six pool winners as well as the two highest scoring second placed teams will qualify for the quarter final stage. The quarter finalists will then be ranked based on their match points with the best second placed teams occupying places seven and eight. The highest ranked team will then face team eight in the first knock out stage, second play seventh and so on and so forth.
Toulouse currently top Pool 3. Despite the two clubs being equal on points, 15, the Frenchmen occupy top spot due to their one point victory at Wembley when the two sides met in round 2.
Round five will see Toulouse and Saracens meet again this time at the Stade Ernest Wallon, a clash that looks set to determine who will leave the group on top. The final pool matches see Zebre welcome Toulouse to the Stade XXV Aprile while Connacht take on Mark McCall’s men at Allianz Park.
If the two clubs are equal at the conclusion of round six it will go down to the points scored in the head to head clashes.
If the points are equal, in this case if Saracens beat Toulouse by a point on 12th January, the number of tries scored in the head to head is considered. After tries have been taken in to account if there is still nothing to separate the clubs, the team with the best aggregate points difference will top the pool and go through to the knock out stages.