CHAMPIONS CUP – As the final stages are fast approaching, the EPCR explained that the South African franchises will not be housed in the same boat. According to Irish media The42.ie, South African teams will not be able to receive potential semi-finals in South Africa.
As the fourth and final day of the ranking phase looms in the Champions and Challenge Cup this weekend, it is now official that the South African franchises will be disadvantaged when it comes to pitch in the semi-finals. Indeed, on the Irish site The42the EPCR confirms “that South African clubs can host the round of 16 and quarter-finals at home. However, if one of them reaches the semi-finals and is supposed to host the match [en Afrique du Sud]this match would take place in Europe rather than on South African soil.”
As Siya Kolisi’s Sharks are through to the Round of 16, they could therefore potentially be among four clubs to receive the Round of 16. The Bulls and the Stormers can also be affected by a qualification, everything will be decided on the last day. With regard to Pool B of the Challenge Cup, the Lions are also affected by this rule. On the other hand, the Cheethas, guests of this edition, knew before the competition that in the event of qualification they could not host the final phase.
“This position could be reviewed if two South African clubs meet in the semi-finals” added the EPCR.