Heineken Champions Cup Round 4: Your ultimate guide to the race for the last 16 as the pool stage comes to a close

Everything you need to know as BT Sport brings you live coverage of every game from round four of the Heineken Champions Cup

By Callum Davis Published: 21 January 2022 - 8.00pm

It's crunch time in the Heineken Champions Cup as the great and good of European rugby fight it out for a place in the last 16.

Racing 92, Ulster and La Rochelle have all sealed safe progress from Pool A, while Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Munster and Bristol Bears are through from Pool B.

With nine knockout berths still up for grabs, we preview every game from round four, with every match available to watch exclusively live on BT Sport.

Read on for TV channel information, team news and live stream details.

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How does the draw for the last 16 work?

The top eight sides from each pool qualify for the last 16, and the teams who finish between 9th and 11th in each pool will drop into the Challenge Cup. 

The round of 16 will be played over two legs in April, with the top-ranked side in Pool A facing eighth-placed in Pool B, and so on.

Saturday 22 January

Bath 7-64 Leinster - Watch replay

Scarlets 21-52 Bristol Bears - Watch replay

Ulster 34-31 Clermont - Watch replay

Glasgow 30-38 La Rochelle - Watch replay

Toulouse vs Cardiff - Cancelled (Cardiff awarded 28-0 victory)

Five-time winners and reigning champions Toulouse face an anxious wait to see if they will progress after their round four clash with Cardiff was cancelled. 

A "significant number of positive Covid-19 test results" has forced the EPCR to cancel the tie and award Cardiff a 28-0 win. 

The result means that holders Toulouse will remain in seventh on seven points going into the final round of pool-stage fixtures, with the possibility that Wasps, Castres and Stade Francais could leapfrog them and seal a place in the last 16 at the champions' expense.

Sunday 23 January

Sale Sharks 49-10 Ospreys - Watch replay

Stade Francais 37-31 Connacht - Watch replay

Racing vs Northampton Saints - Cancelled (Racing awarded 28-0 victory)

Northampton look set to drop into the EPCR Challenge Cup after their clash with Racing was cancelled.

A statement from Northampton said: "The Club’s Heineken Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92 in Paris, scheduled for Sunday 23 January, has been cancelled.

"The men in Black, Green and Gold were due to travel to France today for the Round 4 fixture in Pool A, but returned a number of positive Covid-19 results overnight in the squad’s final round of PCR testing.

"Following consultation with EPCR and PRL, it was decided that the team should not travel, and therefore Northampton Saints are unable to fulfil the fixture. In accordance with the Tournament Rules, Racing 92 were awarded a 28-0 victory and five match points, with Saints gaining no match points.

Munster vs Wasps - 3pm, BT Sport 2HD

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The game of the weekend sees two double European Cup winners go toe-to-toe as Munster and Wasps square-off at Thomond Park.

Munster made it a hat-trick of wins in Pool B to book their place in the next round with a hard-fought victory on the road at Castres.

Trailing by four points as the clock turned red, Gavin Coombes forced his way over to seal consecutive away wins over French teams for the first time since 2009.

Although his side have already qualified for the last 16, head coach Johann van Graan stressed that they would be going all out for victory against Wasps next Sunday in a bid to clinch top seeding.

“We play Sunday, which gives us a nine-day turnaround, so we’ll take the three days and recover – it was a short, six-day turnaround from our previous game against Ulster,” said Van Graan.

“We’ll regroup and look at our resources – obviously, in this competition, if you’re good enough to go further, home advantage is crucial.

“We’ve put ourselves in a really good space, so it’s a massive game for us against Wasps on Sunday.”

Meanwhile the Premiership side know they will have to produce another Herculean European performance if they are to reach the last 16.

Just seven days after ending Premiership leaders Leicester's 11-game winning streak, Wasps overcame two controversial refereeing decisions to beat Top 14 champions and Heineken Cup holders Toulouse to blow Pool B wide open.

England prospect Alfie Barbeary crossed for the crucial try in the 69th minute as Lee Blackett's side defied the odds at the Coventry Building Society Arena to keep alive their ambition of reaching the knockout phase.

Montpellier vs Exeter Chiefs - 5.15pm, BT Sport 2HD

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A win for Exeter Chiefs in their final pool-stage game against Montpellier will be enough to seal a place in next round of the competition. 

The 2020 Heineken Cup winners are fifth in Pool A, level on points with fourth-placed Leinster, after picking up two wins and one defeat from their opening three games. 

Defeat to Glasgow Warriors in round two threatened to derail the Devonians' quest for a second European Cup, but the Chiefs avenged that loss with a 52-17 victory in the reverse fixture at Sandy Park last weekend to remain on course for the last 16.

With Eddie Jones in the stands, winger Tom O'Flaherty scored a hat-trick, while there was a double for No.8 Sam Simmonds before skipper Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell and Dave Ewers all crossed for scores.

Director of rugby Rob Baxter knows victory on the road in France will guarantee qualification, although a try or losing bonus point would also be enough for last season's semi-finalists to sneak through.

The task is even more simple for Exeter's hosts Montpellier, who know nothing but a win on home turf would be enough to see them reach the next round.

Heineken Cup Results

Harlequins 36-33 Castres - Watch Highlights