Stage is set for a Saturday night Heineken Cup showdown at Welford Road

Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill

There is probably only one fixture which could stand out next month in round six of this year’s Heineken Cup.

The meeting of Leicester Tigers and Ulster at Welford Road at 6pm on Saturday, January 18 will be the one everyone will focus in on.

If things go as expected - and to form - the two former champions will be going head to head for an automatic last eight place as winners of Pool Five.

After the back-to-back fixtures which saw double wins for both Ulster and Leicester, the sides remain on target to go head-to-head for a winner takes all prize.

Before that however, Friday night European rugby will return to Ravenhill for what is certain to be another sell-out game for the visit of French side Montpellier.

With Ulster leading the group by three points currently from Leicester, there is no room for error, particularly with the English side going to Treviso.

Leicester scored a last gasp try to win 15-14 against Montpellier on Saturday and hailing the crucial win, Tigers director of rugby said it put the pressure back on the Irish Province.

“There is a home quarter-final up for grabs and that puts pressure back on Ulster,” he said. “Hopefully the game at Welford Road will be a decider.”




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