Saracens and Leicester Tigers could face an all-English semi-final clash after the draw was made for the Heineken Cup knockout stages Sunday, Jan. 19, per ercrugby.com.
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But both teams will first have to negotiate tough quarter-final away draws, courtesy of finishing as the two best runners-up in the pool stage.
Saracens face a trip to Ulster, where coach Mark McCall will face his old side.
But it is Leicester who have been handed arguably the toughest tie of the round. They face Clermont Auvergne, who lead the French league.
Clermont have not been beaten at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin in 71 matches, as reported by SkySports.
And few would give Leicester a chance of breaking the run.
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Reigning champions Toulon overcame a strong challenge from Glasgow Warriors to secure a berth in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. Jonny Wilkinson was instrumental as he kicked five penalties to send his side to a 15-8 victory in torrid conditions at Scoutstoun.
Their reward is a home quarter-final clash with a strong Leinster side.
Wilkinson led Toulon to their first Heineken Cup win last season, and the veteran will be aiming to overcome his old adversary Brian O'Driscoll in order to secure a semi-final berth against Munster or Toulouse.
Stuart Barnes can envisage all three Irish sides reaching the Heineken Cup semi-finals. http://t.co/EFJ3JoHZMe— Sky Sports (@SkySports) January 19, 2014
Both of those sides progressed to the quarter-final after losing only one of their six pool matches.
The match will be all the more poignant given that their last meeting was the 2008 final, in which Munster overcame Toulouse in Cardiff to become European champions for the second time.