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Summary

  1. Bath & Northampton out of Europe in last eight
  2. Racing Metro v Saracens & Toulon v Wasps on Sunday
  3. Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton FT
  4. Nakaitaci 2, Fofana, Abendanon tries for Clermont
  5. Leinster 18-15 Bath FT
  6. Six Madigan pens win it for Leinster in Dublin

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's a wrap

    Dylan Hartley

    That sounds like a fairly damning assessment from Graeme, but do you agree with him?

    Although that just about concludes our coverage of today's Champions Cup action, please do join us again from 12:00 BST tomorrow to see if Saracens and Wasps are able to manage a little better than Bath and Northampton Saints did this afternoon.

    Until then, it's goodnight from us.

  2. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Graeme Hobbs: ‏Can't see Wasps and Sarries winning their games tomorrow so I think that is it for English clubs in this years #EPCRChampionsCup

  3. Recap

    Bath

    In the day's first quarter-final,Leinster took advantage of an ill-disciplined first-half performance from Bath to book their spot in the last four.

    Ian Madigan kicked all 18 of the Irish side's points to send them into the last four, with George Ford and Stuart Hooper scoring a couple of tries for the Blue, Black and Whites.

    And, as you've been reading, Northampton Saints were humbled by a brilliant Clermont Auvergne in our second match.

    The Top 14 team are now 23 home games unbeaten in Europe - and, as Dylan Hartley just suggested, it's hard to see who can stop them.

  4. Post update

    FT: Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    Napolioni Nalaga on the attack for Clermont

    Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley tells Sky Sports: "I think they go to a different level when they play here. Nobody is invincible but after today they'll take some stopping after that."

  5. Post update

    FT: Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley tells Sky Sports: "We got caught cold. We made error after error after error, and if you give them an inch they take a mile. All we can do now is focus on the Premiership. That was some lesson we learnt there today."

  6. Get involved #bbcrugby

    FT: Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    So what to make of all of that? Were Northampton Saints really that bad or Clermont Auvergne just spectacularly good?

    Let us know what you think by using the hashtag #bbcrugby on Twitter, texting 81111, or posting a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  7. Post update

    FT: Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    Nick Abendanon scores for Clermont

    Clermont forward Benjamin Kayser tells Sky Sports: "The club has been doing great for the last few years, targeting some great players. And players like Jonathan Davies and Nick Abendanon, everyone knows they're great players, but they've applied themselves properly here."

  8. Post update

    FT: Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    Clermont forward Benjamin Kayser tells Sky Sports: "We've had some good games, but when you put your heart into it and prepare properly - everything came together for us in the first half. It was a great performance and we're very pleased to be in the semi-finals."

  9. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Darren smith: What a shame saints but that's what happens when you play 15 men and can't get the referee to do what you want him to do

  10. Full-time

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    In a word, no. The move breaks down, the clock goes red and Clermont hack the ball out of play to put Northampton Saints out of their misery.

  11. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    But at last it's out and Northampton are on the attack. Is there one final flourish for Saints?

  12. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    This quarter-final is beginning to peter out here, a couple of collapsed scrums guilty for that. Less than two minutes to go.

  13. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    The rolling maul appears in good order but then not only is it halted but Clermont have themselves a scrum too.

    Meanwhile, Nick Abendanon is announced as man of the match over the tannoy - or homme du match, as appears on the television screen - to large cheers around the stadium. There were a few contenders, but it's hard to argue with that choice.

  14. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    Are we playing with a rugby ball or a bar of soap? A few handling errors are starting to creep in now, understandable given the increasingly wet surface, but Saints win a penalty and head for touch. Can they restore a bit more pride?

  15. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Patrick C Keogh: @SaintsRugby fans are a little quiet?!

  16. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton

    Jonathan Davies of Clermont Auvergne

    So, we're into the final 10 minutes between Clermont Auvergne and Northampton Saints. The rain is absolutely pounding down and the conditions look rotten - but the English side have certainly shown plenty of fight in this last little period.

  17. Try

    Clermont Auvergne 37-5 Northampton (Waller, missed con Myler)

    The try will count - but the television match official is not interested in Alex Waller's reaction, much to the displeasure of the Clermont supporters. Stephen Myler's miserable afternoon from the tee continues though, missing the conversion. Northampton are, at least, on the board at long last.

  18. Try review

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton

    Alex Waller looks like he has scored for Northampton this time. And what's happened here? It looks like he's thrown a punch at Clermont replacement John Ulugia, who has tried to prevent him from touching down! Plenty for the television match official to look at...

  19. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton

    How have Northampton Saints not scored there? With a man advantage, the overlap is on down the right and the Premiership side work the ball well to Christian Day. But Nick Abendanon - yes, him again - has absolutely flattened the 31-year-old with the line at his mercy.

  20. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton

    The home side keep the ball following the line-out but then knock-on, leaving Northampton with a scrum five metres from their own line. Already six minutes have passed since Damien Chouly was sent to the bin - where did that time go?

  21. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton

    Wesley Fofana is now down receiving some treatment, meaning Clermont are effectively down to 13 men, but still they keep possession and even win themselves a penalty. To the corner it is...

  22. Sin-bin

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton (Chouly)

    Now, this should make for an interesting 10 minutes. Clermont back-rower Damien Chouly has been sent to the sin bin after some dirty work at a ruck and this surely represents Northampton's best chance to do some damage.

  23. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Perplexed Northampton captain Dylan Hartley

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "That's what happens when you are chasing the game. We were so near to getting our first points on the board. So near yet so far."

  24. Try

    Clermont Auvergne 37-0 Northampton (Abendanon, con James)

    Nick Abendanon of Clermont Auvergne

    I'm running out of superlatives to describe this Clermont Auvergne performance. This time it's their fine defence that provides the platform, resisting wave after Saints wave.

    But it's brute strength from Nick Abendanon that completes the job, mercilessly ripping the ball from the grasp of George Pisi and running fully 70 metres to touch down. Huge from the former England full-back. Brock James converts once again and the gap just gets bigger and bigger.

  25. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 30-0 Northampton

    Northampton do have a penalty though, and Stephen Myler heads for the corner. Meanwhile, Lee Dickson has been withdrawn and Kahn Fotuali'i replaces the England number nine for the final 27 minutes.

  26. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 30-0 Northampton

    Credit to Saints, however, who have the ball back in hand and are switching it from left to the right, in search of some joy in attack. Now George Pisi has a little dart in-field, but the former Clermont man is stopped in his tracks.

  27. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Clermont's Wesley Fofana

    Graeme Hobbs: If Clermont can do this to the top team in the premiership then they have no excuse for not winning the #EPCRChampionsCup

  28. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 30-0 Northampton

    Simply nothing is going Northampton's way, as James Wilson's long kick forward goes out of play on the full - just - and so we'll come all the way back. No signs of Clermont letting up yet.

  29. Penalty

    Clermont Auvergne 30-0 Northampton (James)

    There's a bit of a pause in play as Tom Wood receives some treatment, but thankfully the England man is well enough to stay on the field. All the while, Brock James has helped himself to another three points from the tee and the lead is 30.

  30. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Clermont are again putting Northampton under so much pressure inside their own half, forcing Luther Burrell into an error and winning a penalty.

  31. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    While the players still on the field get down for a couple of scrums, the television cameras pan to Courtney Lawes, whose arm appears to be in a sling. Saints and England fans will hope that's not too serious. Christian Day is the man who has come on in his place, by the way.

  32. Kick-off

    Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Brock James gets us going again then and, almost straight from the restart, James Wilson gets ploughed into touch and Clermont have themselves a line-out.

  33. Replacement

    HT: Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Right then, the players are back out. But not Courtney Lawes - he's been withdrawn by Northampton Saints. Injury-enforced or tactical?

  34. Get involved #bbcrugby

    HT: Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Don't forget you can get involved too. Has this second quarter-final exposed a gap in quality between the Top 14 and Premiership?

    Let us know what you think by using the hashtag #bbcrugby on Twitter, texting 81111, or posting a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  35. Post update

    HT: Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Northampton Saints player Ben Foden: This is tough to watch, this is not how we wanted to play the game. @SaintsRugby looking lost and disjointed.

  36. Post update

    Score summary
  37. Comeback inspiration?

    HT: Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Chris Ashton

    Northampton supporters might not thank me for bringing this one up, but bear with me a moment.

    The last time Saints were in the knockout stages of Europe's top competition, four years ago, they came up against Leinster in the final at the Millennium Stadium.

    The Premiership side raced into a 22-6 half-time lead thanks to tries from Phil Dowson, Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley and the title looked to be theirs.

    But not so - Leinster produced a second half to remember, coming back to steal the crown with some room to spare.

    So, can Jim Mallinder's side do something similar today? You can't blame me for trying...

  38. Post update

    HT: Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    Former Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara: Clermont on a different planet...

  39. Post update

    HT: Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "I thought the Saints could actually do this. I'm feeling pretty silly right now. Clermont are absolutely murdering Northampton. You have to say what a wonderful performance by Clermont."

  40. Half-time

    Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton

    That has been an exhibition half from Clermont Auvergne, who have one foot and a few toes in the semi-finals already. This looks a long way back for Northampton Saints.

  41. Try

    Clermont Auvergne 27-0 Northampton (Fofana, con James)

    Goodness me, this is just far too good from the Top 14 team. Ex-Bath full-back Nick Abendanon is at the heart of it again for Clermont, breezing through the Northampton defence and setting up Wesley Fofana for a simple finish. Just outstanding.

    Brock James' conversion is good too and, if you're a Saints fan, you best look away now.

  42. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 20-0 Northampton

    We already know Clermont can play, but their pack is really doing the business here too, winning a penalty at the set-piece. Brock James goes to touch. Clermont go in search of more points.

  43. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Neil Criggie: Clermont have pulled the cork! Great rugby, it really is.

  44. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 20-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Clermont v Northampton

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "Northampton are on the ropes. They are not putting up any resistance. It will be a difficult conversation at half-time if they can't get any points on the board. The Saints are creating their own problems. Lee Dixon is getting the ball at the back of the base but he's kicking it almost in the middle of the field and giving it to Clermont. It's just not good enough."

  45. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 20-0 Northampton

    Samu Manoa does excellently to gather Stephen Myler's restart and get Northampton moving. Clermont have knocked on in the aftermath too - can they get themselves on the scoreboard before half-time?

  46. Try

    Clermont Auvergne 20-0 Northampton (Nakaitaci, con James)

    Clermont's Noa Nakaitaci

    This has been a brutal, brutal opening 30 minutes from Clermont, who are in danger of completely running away with the second quarter-final.

    Nick Abendanon's mini-break gets the French side moving, before Wesley Fofana skips past another tackle to get them in behind the Saints defence. Can they work quick ball? Yes they can - and it's left to Brock James to tee up Noa Nakaitaci for his second try.

    The fly-half's conversion is good too and this has been one-way traffic.

  47. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 13-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Ludovic Radosavljevic of Clermont Auvergne passes the ball

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "You have to take the sting out of this rampant Clermont side. The Saints need to say to themselves 'come on boys, we need to dig deep'. Clermont have definitely got the upper hand at the scrum."

  48. Penalty

    Clermont Auvergne 13-0 Northampton (James)

    The Australian looks in fine knick again, splitting the posts and sending Clermont into a 13-point lead. The home side have been much the better team and deserve their advantage.

  49. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    But it's Northampton's turn to infringe, Salesi Ma'afu the guilty party that time. Can Brock James land another penalty? It looks far from easy, 10 metres in from the right-hand touchline.

  50. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    Again Clermont Auvergne look dangerous, as try-scorer Noa Nakaitaci picks out his fellow wing Napolioni Nalaga down the right-hand side. But the Fijian knocks on and Saints will have another put-in at scrum time. A let off.

  51. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    Clermont full-back Nick Abendanon

    That's brilliant from full-back Nick Abendanon, skipping and hopping his way around two tackles having picked up deep inside his own half and setting Clermont on their way to a counter-attacking counter attack, if there is such a thing.

  52. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    Clermont Auvergne have certainly played most of the rugby in this opening quarter and again they're going through the phases, working their way into the Northampton half. But it's dropped by Vincent Debaty and they'll have to start all over again.

  53. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "Every opportunity you get to score, you have got to score. That was a bad, bad miss."

  54. Missed penalty

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton (Myler)

    But the England fly-half can't land the kick and the deficit remains 10 points. Those may need to go over if Northampton are going to stay in touch.

  55. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    That's excellent from Calum Clark, whose hustling at the breakdown has earned Northampton a penalty. This is certainly within Stephen Myler's range...

  56. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "What do Northampton need to do? Simple. Score any points - just get that clock ticking over."

  57. Try

    Clermont Auvergne 10-0 Northampton (Nakaitaci, con James)

    It looked good in real time and the replays showed much the same. The original break from fleet-footed centre Wesley Fofana did most of the damage, but it's a terrific finish by Noa Nakaitaci too, bouncing off one challenge and forcing his way over.

    The conversion from Brock James is straightforward too, and this looks ominous for the Premiership side.

  58. Try review

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton

    Now, Clermont look like they've gone over here, but we're heading to the television match official. Was it a double movement from Noa Nakaitaci?

  59. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton

    That's exquisite from Brock James, whose radar looks bang on in the early stages. His kick finds touch little more than three or four metres from the Northampton line and, although the visitors' set-piece is good, Stephen Myler's clearance is rushed and now Clermont are on the attack.

  60. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton

    Luke: Not optimistic about this game. If it was in England I'd think Saints would win. Seven years is a long time to be undefeated.

  61. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton

    That's more like it from the Northampton pack, winning a penalty at the scrum. That'll give Alex Corbisiero and co plenty of cause for optimism after that earlier blip.

  62. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "These first 15 minutes are so important. So far, so good. I'm not too concerned about the three points."

  63. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton

    This has been a strong start from Clermont, moving the ball through the phases on halfway. Now Wesley Fofana gets across the gainline - but Northampton have turned it over and earned the put-in at the scrum. Decent defence under pressure from Saints.

  64. Penalty

    Clermont Auvergne 3-0 Northampton (James)

    And the Australian splits the posts with ease to put the Top 14 hosts in front. First blood to Clermont.

  65. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 0-0 Northampton

    A first scrum of the evening after Jamie Elliott's knock forward. And that's not the most encouraging start for the Premiership side either, who give away a penalty and hand Brock James an early shot at goal.

  66. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 0-0 Northampton

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Northampton Saints team manager and player Lennie Newman: "I don't think you'll hear the Saints fans in this atmosphere. This is the wow factor. This is what the step below international rugby is all about. It's absolutely awesome."

  67. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne 0-0 Northampton

    A first look at Saints hooker Dylan Hartley at the line-out, and he successfully picks out Tom Wood to get Northampton up and running. A good start here will be absolutely crucial for Jim Mallinder's side, you'd have thought.

  68. Kick-off

    Clermont Auvergne 0-0 Northampton

    Northampton fly-half Stephen Myler gets us under way, Benjamin Kayser gathers under the high ball and Brock James thumps a clearance to halfway.

  69. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Here come the two teams. Clermont decked out all in white, Northampton Saints in their black European change strip. The supporters around the Stade Marcel Michelin hold up yellow placards to welcome their heroes. Kick off is moments away.

  70. Tune in

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    And, as with our first match, you can listen to live commentary of Clermont v Northampton on both BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Northampton by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  71. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Your input is still very welcome as we head towards our second quarter-final. Can Northampton Saints succeed where Bath failed and ensure the English Premiership is represented in the Champions Cup last four?

    Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcrugby, text 81111, or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  72. Fighting on all fronts

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Clermont and Northampton lock horns this evening with more than just Europe on their agendas.

    The French side, who in 2010 ended a run of 10 Top 14 runners-up spots by lifting the trophy, are currently second in the table, level on points with the mighty Toulon.

    Saints, meanwhile, are runaway leaders at the top of the Premiership and aiming to become the first team to win successive league titles since Leicester managed that feat five years ago.

    So, perhaps defeat in this one wouldn't be such a disaster after all? Try telling that to the two bosses Franck Azema and Jim Mallinder.

  73. Team line-ups

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Northampton Saints: James Wilson; Ken Pisi, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, Jamie Elliott; Stephen Myler, Lee Dickson; Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley (capt), Salesi Ma'afu, Samu Manoa, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Calum Clark, Sam Dickinson.

    Replacements: Mike Haywood, Alex Waller, Gareth Denman, Christian Day, Jon Fisher, Kahn Fotuali'i, Tom Stephenson, Ahsee Tuala.

  74. Team line-ups

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Clermont Auvergne: Nick Abendanon; Noa Nakaitaci, Jonathan Davies, Wesley Fofana; Napolioni Nalaga; Brock James, Ludovic Radoslavjevic; Vincent Debaty, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly (capt), Julien Bonnaire, Fritz Lee.

    Replacements: John Ulugia, Tomas Domingo, Clement Ric, Julian Pierre, Julien Bardy, Thierry Lacrampe, Mike Delany, Aurelin Rougerie.

  75. Team news

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    George North

    If the odds were already stacked against Northampton Saints, the absence of George North won't have helped their cause.

    The Wales wing will be out of action for the rest of the month following a series of concussions so Jamie Elliott comes in, while England centre Luther Burrell also returns to the Saints' XV.

    Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne are going to have to make do without Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez, so Brock James and Ludovic Radosavljevic partner up at half-back.

    But Jonathan Davies and Nick Abendanon will be familiar faces to British rugby followers - the Wales centre and former Bath full-back both start this evening.

  76. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Clermont

    Ah, yes, the small matter of Clermont Auvergne, unbeaten at home in Europe for the best part of seven years. This tie is actually just about as tough as they come.

  77. Post update

    Clermont Auvergne v Northampton (17:45 BST)

    Jim Mallinder

    Thanks Neil. We've got rather a lot to live up to, haven't we?

    Northampton Saints, Heineken Cup winners in 2000, are back in the knockout stages of this competition for the first time since that stinging final defeat by Leinster in 2011.

    And, having shrugged off their bridesmaid's tag to lift the Premiership and Challenge Cup crowns last season, they'll be determined to make their mark at Europe's top table once more.

    Just the small matter of Clermont Auvergne standing in their way here, then...

  78. Post update

    One down, three still to go. If the other quarter-final ties are as exciting as the entertainment served up by Leinster and Bath then we're in for a treat. Next up? It's off to France where Clermont Auvergne take on Northampton Saints. Kick-off at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin is 20 minutes away. My colleague Brendon Mitchell will steer you through that one.

  79. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Ade Williams: Fantastic performance from Bath and so close to the win in the end. Congratulations to Leinster, great game.

    Graeme Hobbs: Bath really should have won that though, so close yet so far.

  80. Post update

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    Bath Rugby: A tough result to accept for Bath but, along with Leinster, they put on a fantastic Champions Cup show in Dublin.

  81. Player reaction

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    More from Leinster centre Ian Madigan on BT Sport: "I think Leinster have proved over the years that we're a knockout side and when the knockout games arrive we can win them."

  82. Player reaction

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    Leinster centre Ian Madigan tells BT Sport: "We've had mixed form in the league but the build-up to this game was first class. They're a really good side, they have internationals across their team and they really tested us for the 80 minutes."

  83. Post update

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    Unsurprisingly Ian Madigan, who kicked all of Leinster's 18 points, is named man of the match.

  84. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Graeme Hobbs: Oh what a finish that was! And it was almost so much more!

  85. Post update

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "Absolutely devastating. When I think about the amount of work we've put in over the weeks. I thought at times we looked like we were coming back into that game."

  86. Full-time

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    Leinster become the first team into the European Champions Cup semi-finals.

  87. Post update

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    High drama. Faosiliva charges down Reddan's attempted kick and narrowly fails to get to the ball first for a try! Bath fans cannot believe it.

  88. Post update

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    Pressure off the Leinster defence as a forward pass by George Ford to Matt Banahan sparks cheers around the Aviva. Has Bath's last opportunity gone?

  89. Post update

    Leinster 18-15 Bath

    Three minutes remaining. Bath have come alive in the closing stages. Penalty to the visitors at the ruck and Ford kicks the ball to touch. Line-out to the visitors outside Leinster's 22.

  90. Penalty

    Leinster 18-15 Bath (Ford)

    George Ford kicks

    This is a thriller. For all of Leinster's possession and attacking threat, they have been unable to kill off Bath. George Ford makes no mistake from the kick slotting it between the sticks. Six minutes remaining.

  91. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Leinster infringement at the ruck. Penalty to Bath. Big chance...

  92. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    The sun is beating down on the Aviva Stadium. We're into the final 10 minutes. A fine kick by George Ford finds touch inside Leinster's 22. Bath need to put pressure on the hosts, but they win the line-out and clear their lines. Not looking good for the English club at the moment.

  93. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    It's been a cracker, Ollie. And it's far from over. Leinster still have work to do. Bath still need to get into Irish territory.

  94. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "The handling errors are creeping in for Bath. We're trying to play quickly but we need to slow it down and just go through the phases. What a spectacle it's been though."

  95. Replacement

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Big roar around the Aviva for a Bath change as former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer comes on for his 100th European Cup appearance. Off goes Micky Young.

  96. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    George Ford running

    Fifteen minutes to go. Bath have been struggling to get into Leinster territory since Stuart Hooper's try. The visitors are being pinned back.

  97. Replacement

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Another change for Bath. Matt Garvey for Dave Attwood.

  98. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Deadly Darcy: And here comes Burgess. This will be interesting.

  99. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Big chance for Bath. Anthony Watson makes a brilliant break from his 22 but Horacio Agulla drops George Ford's pass on the wing. Will that prove costly?

  100. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "I think Kyle Eastmond has defended extremely well today. A lot of people criticise his size but he's shown great ferocity in the tackle. But bringing Sam Burgess on, a man with plenty of experience and who is used to winning on these big occasions, should serve us well."

  101. Replacement

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Sam Burgess is on for Kyle Eastmond. Bath are throwing everything at this.

  102. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Leinster and Bath

    Into the final quarter. Six points between the sides. What have Bath got left. Big change coming up...

  103. Get involved #bbcrugby

    John McEnerney: Leinster prone to letting teams score when having them under pressure, they should have enough to go through, buckets of experience

  104. Replacement

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    All very stop-start at the Aviva. More changes. Real strength in depth on the Leinster bench as Eoin Reddan replaces Isaac Boss. Bath bring off Kane Palma-Newport and Carl Fearns. On come Max Lahiff and Alafoti Faosiliva.

  105. Replacement

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Another Bath change. Nick Auterac on for prop Paul James.

  106. Post update

    Leinster 18-12 Bath

    Bath are still very much in this but they are making it hard for themselves. Ian Madigan is striking the ball sweetly. They simply cannot afford to concede needless penalties.

  107. Penalty

    Leinster 18-12 Bath (Madigan)

    Ian Madigan kick

    And still Bath cannot stamp out their errors. The hosts are awarded a scrum penalty. Ian Madigan makes it six out of six.

  108. Replacement

    Leinster 15-12 Bath

    Leinster respond by replacing Mike Ross with Martin Moore. Bath send on Ross Batty for Rob Webber.

  109. Post update

    Leinster 15-12 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "That's exactly what we were saying at half-time - as soon as Bath get into a couple of phases we look dangerous. Right now, there's nobody who takes it to the line as a first receiver better than George Ford."

    George Ford
  110. Try

    Leinster 15-12 Bath (Hooper, con Ford)

    Stuart Hooper try

    Where did that come from? Bath have been under intense pressure since the restart but out of nowhere claw themselves back to within three points of Leinster. Terrific work by George Ford, who slices through the home defence before finding Stuart Hooper, the Bath skipper crashing over. Ford kicks the conversion. Game on!

  111. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Talk about making an impact! Zane Kirchner is nearly in at the corner after a slick interchange of passes out wide before Micky Young's last-ditch challenge. Moments laters Rob Kearney attempts a drop goal from almost the halfway line. It's not a bad attempt but drifts wide.

  112. Replacement

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    That's the end of Fergus McFadden's day. On comes Zane Kirchner. There's still no respite for the visitors.

  113. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Applause from all sides of the Aviva as Fergus McFadden is able to make his own way off the pitch after several minutes of treatment. He looks terribly groggy. But not half as groggy as Bath's defence.

  114. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    The tie is stopped one minute into the second half following a heavy clash. Leinster's Fergus McFadden is out cold after colliding with Kyle Eastmond. Lots of concerned looks from both sets of players.

  115. Kick-off

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Back under way.

  116. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Here come the teams. Can Bath stop coughing up penalties and claw it back?

  117. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Television shots inside the Leinster dressing room show a relaxed group taking stock and listening to instructions. No pictures from the Bath changing room. No doubt Mike Ford will be telling his players to cut out the handling errors. In no uncertain terms.

  118. Road to Twickenham

    So it's advantage Leinster and no doubt some of their fans will be already be thinking about the semi-finals. All eight teams left in the competition know who they will be facing in the last four should they advance this weekend.

    The winners of Leinster and Bath will be rewarded with a trip to Toulon or Wasps, while Clermont or Northampton host Racing Metro or Saracens. The semi-finals will take place on 18 and 19 April.

  119. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Matt Banahan on the rampage for Bath

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "I don't think Bath need to panic, we're only 10 points behind. When we have the ball in phase-play we look dangerous. It's not beyond Bath at this stage, we've come back from this kind of deficit in the past.

    "We can break this Leinster defence from anywhere, it's just about getting the defensive fundamentals right first."

  120. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "I think that last defensive set from Leinster just showed how hungry they are. It's very difficult to get any sort of momentum when you're struggling at the set-piece."

  121. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Rob Edwards: George Ford's kicking isn't good enough to start in the World Cup. Both out of hand and from the tee.

  122. Post update

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Score summary
  123. Half-time

    Leinster 15-5 Bath

    Anthony Watson might have wished he had stayed in the sin bin. The Bath full-back takes a heavy hit from Fergus McFadden but bounces straight back up. He's not showing it but you can be sure he'll be feeling that at half-time. Bath only have themselves to blame. They have conceded needless penalties and have it all to do after the break.

  124. Penalty

    Leinster 15-5 Bath (Madigan)

    Leinster have hardly had to break sweat yet they have already established a 10 point lead. Ian Madigan's fifth penalty extends Leinster's lead. Who else?

    Ian Madigan
  125. Post update

    Leinster 12-5 Bath

    Anthony Watson is back on for Bath. Leinster led by one point when he was yellow carded. Bath now trail by seven. Another penalty to Leinster as Bath infringe yet again.

  126. Penalty

    Leinster 12-5 Bath (Madigan)

    Bath are guilty of too many handling errors. Another penalty to Leinster. Another successful kick by Ian Madigan. That's four out of four by the 26-year-old. His kick bounces off the post and goes through. The hosts are in control.

  127. Post update

    Leinster 9-5 Bath

    Leinster fans

    The official attendance has just been announced and there's 44,000 inside the Aviva Stadium. The majority will be pleased with what they have seen so far but this tie is at a critical stage. Bath have to survive another three minutes a man down.

  128. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Graeme Hobbs on Watson's yellow card: That is a ridiculous decision! How the hell are players meant to compete for the ball?

  129. Post update

    Leinster 9-5 Bath

    Bath's defence is creaking. Leinster have the bit between their teeth and are looking to extend their lead while they have the extra man advantage. Can the visitors hold out?

  130. Post update

    Leinster 9-5 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "Silly penalties are creeping in for Bath now. It was Francois Louw who was caught offside that time and you can't afford to be doing that with 14 men."

  131. Penalty

    Leinster 9-5 Bath (Madigan)

    Three out of three for Ian Madigan as Bath are penalised for offside. Silly penalty to concede by Bath.

  132. Sin-bin

    Leinster 6-5 Bath

    Watson takes out Kearney

    This is turning into a bruising battle. Bath are down to 14 as Anthony Watson goes to the sin bin for taking Rob Kearney out in the air.

  133. Get involved #bbcrugby

    George Ford scores for Bath

    Simon Richardson: Absolutely fantastic piece of 10 play from Ford there. Are you watching, Johnny Sexton?

  134. Penalty

    Leinster 6-5 Bath (Madigan)

    George Ford's kicking might be a little rusty but Ian Madigan's is not. The Leinster inside centre restores the Irish club's lead after Bath are penalised for going off their feet at the ruck.

  135. Try

    Leinster 3-5 Bath (Ford, missed con Ford)

    George Ford try

    Brilliant by George Ford. Horacio Agulla makes a fine run and sets up Francois Louw, who bursts into Leinster's 22, where Bath are awarded a penalty.

    They play advantage and Ford dummies and glides over for a fine try - terrific reading of the game by the young England fly-half. His kicking is not so good though, as his attempt hits a post and bounces wide.

  136. Post update

    Leinster 3-0 Bath

    Carl Fearns

    It's tight. It's tense. Bath trail but will be pleased with their start. Leinster might have a slim lead but they have yet to hit top gear.

  137. Post update

    Leinster 3-0 Bath

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bath back Ollie Devoto: "We've got two teams trying to play here. Leinster have been the best attacking team in Europe over the last three or four years so it's a huge test of how far we've come and how we play."

  138. Missed penalty

    Leinster 3-0 Bath (Ford)

    George Ford just short with a long range attempt from wide right just inside the Leinster half.

  139. Penalty

    Leinster 3-0 Bath (Madigan)

    The hosts win a penalty as the Bath scrum buckles. Ian Madigan's kick is good. Advantage Leinster.

  140. Post update

    Leinster 0-0 Bath

    Deadlock in the opening 10 minutes but this tie is bubbling nicely. Leinster win a penalty off a scrum. Great kick from Jimmy Gopperth to find touch just inside the Bath 22. The visitors respond through Anthony Watson who evades two defenders inside his 22 and runs the ball out. He finds Matt Banahan, who hammers though the Leinster defence and makes 10m with men hanging off him, but then loses control of the ball.

  141. Post update

    Leinster 0-0 Bath

    Leinster's Fergus McFadden

    Leinster have started with seven players who began Ireland's 40-10 Six Nations clinching win over Scotland two weeks ago. But they have yet to settle. Bath on the attack, throwing the ball around just outside the home 22, but a pass wide from Kyle Eastmond goes into touch.

  142. Post update

    Leinster 0-0 Bath

    Clever run by Anthony Watson as he takes the high ball. Bath are up for this. Leinster counterattack down the left wing, but it's a forward pass, giving the put-in at the scrum to Bath.

  143. Post update

    Leinster 0-0 Bath

    Bath win the first line-out and George Ford is immediately in the centre of the action with a clever kick to the corner.

  144. Kick-off

    Leinster 0-0 Bath

    And we're under way.

  145. Post update

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Blue Leinster flags everywhere. We're ready for the off...

  146. Post update

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Terrific noise in the Aviva Stadium. Here come the teams...

  147. Post update

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Bath Rugby: Huge cheers as the Bath team is announced across the stadium. Excellent travelling support here in Dublin.

  148. 'I've had to calm them down'

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Bath director of rugby Mike Ford tells BBC Radio Bristol: "We're really looking forward to today. The boys have been so excited this week, I've had to calm them down a little bit. But we've prepared really well on the whole. I just want us to impose ourselves with the ball in hand."

    Remember, you can listen to live commentary from both BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the page.

  149. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Graeme Hobbs: Think Bath or Northampton have the best chance of winning #EPCRChampionsCup they have been the most impressive of English teams.

    Dominic: If Bath's backline fires then they can beat anyone on their day. Ford has to be on song if they are to stand a chance though.

    Dean Osborn: Leinster all the way and with some to spare.

  150. Team news

    Leinster: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Ben Te'o, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald, Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Jordi Murphy, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip.

    Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Tom Denton, Dominic Ryan, Eoin Reddan, Gordon D'Arcy, Zane Kirchner.

    Bath: Anthony Watson, Horacio Agulla, Jonathan Joseph, Kyle Eastmond, Matt Banahan, George Ford, Micky Young; Paul James, Rob Webber, Kane Palma-Newport, Stuart Hooper, Dave Attwood, Carl Fearns, Francois Louw, Leroy Houston.

    Replacements: Ross Batty, Nick Auterac, Max Lahiff, Matt Garvey, Alafoti Faosiliva, Peter Stringer, Sam Burgess, Tom Homer.

  151. Team news

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Leinster are boosted by the return of their Six Nations-winning Ireland players. The hosts make nine changes with captain Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and Rob Kearney among those brought in.

    Bath welcome back five internationals including England quartet George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and Dave Attwood. Wales prop Paul James is back after recovering from a thumb injury.

  152. Countdown to kick-off

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Fifteen minutes to kick-off and fans are pouring into the Aviva Stadium. It's a lovely spring day in Dublin. Team news coming up.

  153. 'Leinster will be massively bolstered'

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    First-team coach Toby Booth is under no illusions about the task that awaits Bath in Dublin. "Leinster are a very, very dangerous," former London Irish head coach Booth, 45, tells BBC Radio Bristol.

    "They've rested a lot of players from the Irish team this week, so they'll be massively bolstered. I think having [Irish international flanker] Sean O'Brien back and people like that - it's going be a tough contest and we know how good we've got to be."

  154. Countdown to kick-off

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Leinster

    Leinster: We're ready to go. All we need is Jamie Heaslip and the lads.

  155. Reliable Ford?

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Bath and England player George Ford

    Will Bath fly-half George Ford purr like the engine of a Ferrari at the Aviva Stadium or run out of petrol on his return to Ireland?

    The 22-year-old was part of the England side defeated 19-9 by Ireland in Dublin last month and Ford believes that experience will help him against Leinster.

    "Leinster have internationals from one to 15," Ford said. "The quality of their players is far superior to what we are used to, and we will have to be top of our game to get a result."

  156. Get involved text 81111

    Will a club from England be celebrating at Twickenham on 2 May?

    Peter Quinlan: Not a chance, two French teams. Northampton's chances went with North's injury.

    Joshua Daniel Jones: Northampton...maybe.

    Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcrugby, text 81111, or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  157. Post update

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Bath fan

    Bath Rugby: We've got a lost centurion here in blue, black and white. Please tweet us if you find his friends.

  158. Let battle commence...

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Bath rugby fans

    Bath are not be short of support in Dublin. Hundreds have crossed the Irish Sea to back Mike Ford's team including these six from the old Roman spa city.

  159. English hat-trick for Leinster?

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Twickenham is the stage for this season's final on 2 May - and that's a good omen for Leinster.

    The last time the Dublin-based club were crowned European champions was 2012 - when the final was at Twickenham.

    Leinster have defeated Wasps and Harlequins in Ireland this season on their way to finishing top of Pool 2. Can they make it a hat-trick of wins over English clubs?

  160. Radio, radio

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There'll be full commentary of both of Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-finals on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, which you can access by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

    Or, if you'd prefer the local angle, you can also listen to commentary from BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Northampton via the same method.

  161. Five star Bath?

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    This is Bath's first quarter-final since 2009, their route to the last eight including impressive wins in France against Montpellier and Toulouse.

    Having lost their opening two pool games, Mike Ford's team won the next four to advance to the last eight. Can they make it five wins in a row?

  162. Post update

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Aviva Stadium

    Leinster Rugby: Blue skies. Dry ball. Pitch perfect. Play your part. Be there. Wear blue. Sing your hearts out.

    Aviva Stadium
  163. Get involved #bbcrugby

    The European Rugby Champions Cup

    So will a club from England be celebrating at Twickenham on 2 May? Or will Toulon become the first team to be crowned champions of Europe three times in a row? Have Racing Metro and Clermont Auvergne got any chance? Will Leinster put their indifferent Pro12 form behind them to conquer Europe?

    Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcrugby, text 81111, or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  164. Post update

    Leinster v Bath (15:15 BST)

    Aviva Stadium

    Bath lock Dave Attwood: So we are nearly at kick off...Who is excited?

  165. Against all odds

    winningpercentagegraphic

    Not brilliant, to be honest. All four are away from home and according to the boffins who do the stats, only one of Bath, Northampton, Saracens and Wasps might make it through.

  166. On their way...

    Toulon v Wasps (15:15 BST Sunday)

    Wasps

    And here are the Wasps boys are on their way to France for Sunday's showdown. What are the chances of all four English clubs making it through to the semi-finals?

  167. Coming up

    Party

    The party has only just ended in Dublin after an epic final day saw Ireland defend their Six Nations crown, winning away to Scotland in Edinburgh.

    The first of four cracking ties this weekend takes us to Dublin and the Aviva Stadium, where three-time Heineken Cup winners Leinster host Bath (15:15 BST).

    Once that tie is over we're off to France where Northampton Saints will be looking to overcome Clermont Auvergne (17:45 BST) without George North.

    Sunday's two games are equally as attractive - Racing Metro against Saracens in the suburbs of Paris (12:45 BST) followed by Wasps at Toulon (15:15 BST) by the Mediterranean.

    Never mind Easter. If you're a rugby union fan, this weekend feels like Christmas.

  168. And then there were eight...

    Wasps

    Eight long years have passed since a club from England was crowned champions of Europe. But with four Aviva Premiership teams in the last eight, can one of Bath, Northampton, Saracens or Wasps - the last winners from these shores in 2007 - finally end that dismal sequence?

    Two weeks after a dramatic conclusion to the Six Nations and five months before the start of the World Cup, it is European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final weekend.

    Eight teams, four intriguing ties involving clubs from three nations chasing one coveted prize. Welcome to top-tier European club rugby's knock-out stage.