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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Connacht to meet Saints

Connacht’s Pat Lam
Connacht’s Pat Lam

Connacht will have to overcome Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens next Saturday to make it through to the Champions Cup play-off final at home in Galway.

This was due to Stade Francais's 25-17 victory over Gloucester in the Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield last night.

Connacht will be serious underdogs for the semi-final having lost five of their last six in the PRO12, including on the road to Zebre.

They have been beaten out of sight by Leinster (37-24), The Scarlets (30-8) and Munster (50-14) in their last three League matches.

hampered

They have been severely hampered by the loss of the talismanic Bundee Aki to a three-match suspension.

There is the consolation of knowing the centre will be free to contribute to the final.

Champions Cup Play-offs

Friday 19 May

Play-off 2: Stade Français Paris v Cardiff Blues, Stade Jean Bouin (6.0)

Saturday 20 May

Play-Off 1: Northampton Saints v Connacht Rugby, Franklin's Gardens or Kingsholm (4.0)

Play-off final

Friday 26 May

Winner Play-off 1 v winner Play-off 2 (19.45)

The winner of Play-off 1 will have home advantage.

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