The final round of pool matches in the Heineken Cup has confirmed the draw for the last eight in Europe.
The following matches will be played during the weekend of 10-12 April:
Cardiff v Toulouse
Munster v Ospreys
Harlequins v Leinster
Leicester v Bath
Cardiff qualified as the number one seeds after another convincing win left them unbeaten, and they’ll feel slightly hard-done-by that the eigth seed happens to be Toulouse – but it’s a reminder that there are no easy matches at this stage of the competition.
Defending champions Munster will face the Ospreys, who beat Leicester but could not starve them of a losing bonus point and must travel to Thomond Park.
Quins went through last week, and enjoy Home advantage against Leinster, whilst Leicester face Bath in an all-English affair.
Conspicuous by their absence are London Wasps, Gloucester and Stade Francais who all crashed out in the group stage, despite starting the competition among the favourites.
My money is still on Munster to make it two in a row – they have moved through the pool stages ruthlessly, guaranteeing a Home draw from not the easiest of groups, and I can’t see The Ospreys surviving at Thomond Park.