Sale's game is the toughest of the weekend's rounds, as the teams looking for a qualifying place have, on paper, easier fixtures.
Brive play Calvisano who are bottom of Group 3 and Stade Francais travel to Portugal to play Lusitanos XV who have conceded 277 points so far.
The qualification process is as follows
The five pool winners and three Heineken Cup pool runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals. The Amlin Challenge Cup pool winners will be decided as follows:
- The pool winner will be the club with the highest number of match points in each pool. For the quarter-finals, the pool winners will be ranked 1 to 4 and 8 by reference to the number of match points earned.
- Clubs in the same pool
- If two or more clubs in the same pool are equal on match points, their qualification/ranking will be determined by the matches played between the relevant clubs as follows:
- (a) the club with the greater number of match points from those matches
- (b) the club that scored the most tries in those matches
- (c) the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches
- Clubs from different pools
- If qualification/ranking remains unresolved and/or if clubs have not played each other previously in the pool stage, qualification/ranking will be determined as follows:
- (a) the number of tries scored in the pool stage
- (c) the club with the fewest number of players suspended for incidents in the pool stage
- (d) by drawing lots
- Clubs ranked 1 to 4 will have home advantage for the quarter-finals as follows:
- Club 1 (Amlin Challenge Cup 1) v Club 8 (ACC 5)
- Club 2 (ACC 2) v Club 7 (Heineken Cup 3)
- Club 3 (ACC 3) v Club 6 (HC 2)
- Club 4 (ACC 4) v Club 5 (HC 1)
- Referee is Marius Mitrea
- Biarritz conceded 19 penalties in the 33-10 loss at Sale Sharks
- Biarritz have lost only once at home in this competition
- Sale Sharks have conceded only six tries in this competition this season